I attended SNAG in Cleveland and as is usual for me, am just
beginning to get my feet back on the ground. It is always heady
stuff. Professional Practices, presented pre-conference, is always
well attended and provides a lot of practical on the
business side. I have been in business for nine years and had an "a
ha!" moment during Thomas Mann's presentation on "Design for
Survival" in which he calculates backwards from the desired income to
what has to be done to get there. Kind of puts things in perspective.
3 M had ongoing demonstrations of their new products and gave
samples afterwards. See www.3M.com/creativearts/index.jhtml for their
new site dedicated to our needs.
As usual, the Vendor rooms were tantalizing with tools, gems and
books. The Gallery Tours were terrific and really showed Cleveland's
better cultural side at University Circle. The restaurants were very
good as was the company (and you know who you are!) and best of all,
the banquet at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the best I have
ever attended. The whole place was ours and we were free to roam the
exhibits and enjoy the live music. Bill Seeley won the dance contest!
Even the banquet food for 800 was good.
The talks were terrific and for the most part held me in rapt
attention. Keynote speaker Gijs Bakker gave a wonderful discussion on
crossing the boarders between Art and Design, and the Honorary Member
Award given to John Paul Miller was inspiring. In his mid eighties,
his eyes are clear, his hands steady, and he continues to produce
breathtaking work. One attendee of the banquet wore one of his pieces
and was stopped every ten feet for closer inspection.
I could go on and on with reviews of all the talks I attended. Each
was thought provoking and stimulating and I continue to survey all
that I heard and saw. But the absolute best part of every SNAG are
the people. Old friends, new friends, icons and of course friends of
Orchid (Hello again, Peter!)
Student attendees were in greater numbers than past years due to a
reduction of registration fees, and they delighted me with their
personal adornments! Vintage clothing, body art and creative jewelry
was everywhere and enthusiasm and excitement was evident on every
I would bet that I am not the only one still in recovery after an
incredible 5 days. I am sure that a few more reviews will surface
given some time.
And Charles, you were missed!