Thursday, May 28, 2009

Napier, Here I Come

I'm off to four days of textile talk fest in the city of Napier, leaving Ben home alone on a long weekend; I forgot this was a long weekend when I booked ages ago so I'm staying an extra day, but I'll live, and he'll have a relaxing weekend without being asked nicely to do this or fetch that, "because I can't reach it."

The city of Napier was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931 and was rapidly rebuilt afterwards, so a large part of the city was created in the style of the day, Art Deco. We visited Napier during the Art Deco Festival in 1996 which was like a time slip. It would be interesting for me to revisit when there are fewer Model T's and women in flapper costumes.

The venue is the Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery, where quite a few interesting symposia and conferences regarding the direction of art and craft have been held in recent times.

To be honest, I am feeling plenty anxious about being away two weekends in a row, when we can least afford it, and leaving Ben alone at home on a long weekend when traditionally everybody works in the garden. So far I haven't been thrilled in the way I normally am before I head off to the Symposium, but it is a special time and I see that the Gallery has planned special events to coincide with the Symposium, so I'm sure once I get there I'll have a fabulous time.

Have a good weekend, everybody.


  1. Have a wonderful, inspiring time, Meg. Your towns there sound so interesting. Enjoy it all!

  2. Hey Meg, Whenever you send me your snail mail address, I will send you your selected greeting card.

  3. Meg, I wish you many fabulous experiences these next two weeks in Napier. Take lots of pictures to share!

  4. Napier was fabulous, the conference interesting, and I saw a fantastic exhibition. I'll blog about it all soonish, but can I just make one complaint? They had a once in a 25/40 year cold temperatures, depending on the age of the person you ask!!!!!

  5. I'm jealous - Napier is so beautiful, and to combine it with a fibre fest as well makes it perfect. I'd have so loved to have been there, cold temps or not!

  6. I kept thinking about you for another reason. I hope to post about it in the next couple of days.


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