Have you ever heard of Vulcan, Alberta? I’m sure many people haven’t, but we decided to stop in for a dose of science fiction fabulousness at the end of our road trip. Here is a quote from the City of Vulcan website:
Contrary to what popular culture might lead you to believe, the Town of Vulcan did not get its name from science fiction. In 1910 a CPR surveyor, who had a fondness for Roman Mythology, named the town after the Roman god of fire. Originally all the streets in Vulcan were named after the gods and goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter.
In the Star Trek television and feature film series Vulcan is the name of the homeworld of Spock and his fellow Vulcans. Capitalizing on this coincidence, the town has become a worldwide known tourist attraction with the building of Star Trek themed tourist centre and replica of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek V.
I wouldn’t say that I’m a Trekkie (or whatever the politically appropriate designation is these days), but I described myself as “Trekkie-lite” to the nice woman at the post office who found us and our enthusiasm for Spock a little peculiar.
All I know is that I walked through the town with a huge smile on my face. There may have also been a bit of jumping up and down plus a whole lot of giggling.
Unexpected murals were found around corners, paintings of characters were on windows (we had just missed Vul-Con by a few days), and even the pedestrian crossings has Star Trek logos painted on them.
Here are some pictures – some are quite poor quality due to reflections, but I think you’ll get a feel for the town. I’ll do a separate post on art related findings.
Me in a signed Captain’s chair – photo by Bo (thanks!)
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally summing up the Great Pear Experience. Over May and June I taught four workshops, one of which was for the staff at the Beehive Wool Shop. Pears are fun… I’m not sure I ever want to make another one again, but I sure enjoyed the process. This was the first workshop I’ve taught where the focus was more on shading the object over building the shape. It was so pleasing to see people’s interpretations.
Before I show pictures of the all of the pears, here is a bowl that I started before the workshops so that I would have something to hold them. This is the start of it – it was different in each class as I continued to work on it. It still isn’t complete, but you’ll see the process/progress through the pictures.
The bowl in the beginning
Table For Class
Thanks to everyone who participated – you were all a lot of fun!
If you are hoping to take a pear workshop, another one has been added on June 11th. There will be fluffy felted pears all over town 😀.
The first pear workshop was last Saturday, and we had a lot of fun. It was a great group, and they produced some amazing pears. I’m looking forward to this Saturday’s class! See sign up details for the class on the 11th on the Classes page.
Needle felted pears
It’s time for another workshop! On May 28th I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to make needle-felted pears at the Beehive Wool Shop. The shape is not too difficult, so we should be able to spend a little extra time layering fibres to produce shading. Pears have so many amazing colours and shapes – I’m really looking forward to this class! Space is limited, so contact the Beehive Wool Shop to reserve a spot.
Needle felted pears