Posted by: bschutzgruber | May 11, 2013

April-May happenings

It’s been a month since I last posted and life has been busy!!!

April 13th – Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast – Fashion Show, Luncheon & Sale.  
30+ guild members had items for sale and/or on the runway.  I had 3 pieces on the runway,  a sales table, and modeled some wonderful garments!  It was a FABULOUS afternoon.

FiberFeast2013 runway


My focus then shifted from fibers to my other life as an artist – storytelling.

April 25-28 – The annual conference for the Northlands Storytelling Network held in Lake Geneva, Wisc.  
I presented a workshop (with Dorothy Cleveland of Minneapolis) on story structure “Hero vs Heroine…. Does It Matter?”, told an impromptu story (‘Spot Attends a Funeral’) at the opening Slam event (first person, factual stories, 6 minutes or less) where I was the only performer to get a perfect 10 as my high score.   Multiple judges mean the high and low score are tossed out so I did not win but came in 2nd.  Not bad for my first attempt at a slam!!  2 of my stories (‘The Mysterious Visitor – a String Story’ and ‘The Insatiable Pumpkin’) were videoed by and will eventually be posted on their website.  Workshops, Fringe performance, connecting with good friends (long time & new) and hearing great stories at the 3 concerts made for a superb set of days!!

May 3-4 I was thrilled to perform once again at the Jackson Storyfest, Jackson, MI.  
Celebrating its 26th year of free concerts. This year, 5,122 (4,538 students/584 adults) heard stories Friday morning in 15 venues!!! Fabulous kids and 15 fabulous tellers. More stories Friday and Saturday night for teen/adults with Dan Keding and Mary Hamilton, afternoon family show with Gemini, plus workshops by Dan and Mary.

The opening of a new shop The Eyrie in Depot Town/Ypsilanti has brough me back to fiber.

Eyrie signEyrie shop

This is wonderful shop of every eclectic items, most of them made by Michigan artists.  Several of my felt purses are being carried there.  If you’re in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area stopy by and take a look!!!

small purses turquoise_1 orange_1


  1. You have been busy!! Congratulations on your storytelling efforts and awards! How satisfying!!

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