Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fiber Arts Retreat & Meeting Friends

This past Sunday, we headed over to Castaic, CA to meet some new friends at the Griffin Dyeworks Fiber Retreat. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful drive up the freeway to a secluded spot full of gorgeous oak clusters and sunshine.

Once we arrived, we were floored by the awe inspiring spinning wheels and the magic that was created at this retreat by the individual artists who attended.

Some of the people had already left by the time we arrived. Others were packing up after showcasing some of their treasures. I wish I would have taken more pictures, but my eyes kept being drawn to new, individual creations and I quite forgot to document! But here are a few shots of our time spent there...

Here is the beginning of a lovely guitar strap made by this creative young lady whom some of you may recognize :)

And a few other goodies...Tony was oogling the leather Celtic design stamped on the flask...

Gosh - I didn't even take any pictures of all the wool that was there!

Our original purpose for visiting the fiber arts retreat was to meet the Tan family and pick up some goodies we purchased from their marvelous Syrendell etsy store (the link is on the blog)...The twins thought little Joey was so sweet and had fun paling around with her. Here the girls are, posing in front of the amazing tie-dye clothing set out to try.

We loved Rick's t-shirt, which he designed & created using a unique mud technique which I hope Jennifer shares in more detail on her blog. They both are amazing artists!

It was a short, but very special time spent with this soulful, grounded and creative family. We even hope to meet them next year as participants at the retreat. I will soon be blogging about our amazing creations from the Syrendell shop, if I can pry them away from the girls long enough to take some decent pictures :)


  1. Great pictures! It was so wonderful meeting you and your beautiful family. I hope that we can all be at the retreat next year. :)

  2. Me, too! I can see why you make it an annual tradition :) Thanks for showing us around and introducing us to Bjo and the others! Hope the big move is going well!