Three weeks ago we were in LA at the Convention Center for the Craft and Hobby Association show. We were honored to be invited by Sakura to give mini-Zentangle workshops in their booth. We had a wonderful time and met amazing people. We are so grateful we had this opportunity.
Sakura (who makes those awesome Pigma Microns we use) extended their booth to create a classroom. We gave 14 workshops (!). It was fun, but at the end of the last day, we were getting a little silly, wondering if we had or hadn't told a particular story.
Here we are along with some happy tanglers.
People came over to show us beautiful Zentangles they had created.
We took many pictures that would inspire new tangles or which reminded us of existing ones. LA's original public library was a great source.
Here's a hollibaugh-esque
view of the Convention Center Lobby.
Our camera was bulging with countless images and we look forward to sharing them with you as we develop new tangles.
Our flight home was canceled because of snow in Boston. We had to stay (alas) in LA for another two days.
We took advantage of that to visit the Getty Museum. If you are ever in LA and can manage it, do not miss your chance to see this beautiful (and free) museum.
We again collected many inspirations for new tangles. We also saw iterations of existing tangles. For instance, centuries ago, tanglers used dex
to adorn this bust.
Here's an example of beeline
in this French bureau drawer marquetry.
Most wonderfully, we saw the original book that has been a treasured inspiration for Maria for many years, the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta
Even our trip home was full of tangle inspirations, such as these irrigation patterns viewed from somewhere over North Texas or Oklahoma.
We look forward to continuing to deconstruct patterns from all over this wonderful world and translating them into fun and entrancing tangles.