Hi all,I'm back from Morocco. This trip was beyond all expectations.
First off, this is a testimonial filled with gratitude to Melanie Royals. This woman is amazing. Melanie has built a successful international stencil and design company from scratch. She has built it on hard work and integrity and yet remains one of the kindest, giving women I've ever met. Beautiful inside and out. She has helped endless numbers of decorative painters/artists improve and enhance their skills and businesses by creating products and workshops that are incomparable. And if that isn't enough, she is able to organize and lead a trip of 10 women with different talents and lifestyles and ages for work and play and adventure without a lot of drama and a whole lot of fun.
Working up the courage to finally take this trip with Melanie(she has lead at least 6 groups!) and her band of talented women started with my dream of going at least 4 years ago. The colors, patterns and architecture of North Africa has somehow been a presence in my work for the past few years. The decision to go at this time is one I will never regret. Besides some great goodies and wonderful memories, I brought home with me the inspiration and impetus to continue in some new, exciting directions. Thank you Melanie!
Our first day:
I love the parts of Morocco that we visited, from the luxe of Peacock Pavillions:
to our final stay in the middle of Marrakesh and the Medina and our hours (and hours) spent in the Souks:
Art galleries and magnificent blue and yellow gardens:
|Artwork by Lalla Essaydi, Galerie Tindouf, Marrakesh|
|Yves St.Laurent Gardens , Marrakesh|
Stenciling projects and jump rope with the beautiful village girls:
Even goats in a tree:
Parties and dinners(with belly dancers):
And of course getting to know and work and play with the 9 other luckies of Melanie's band of talented painters seemed so natural: We all spoke the same language of the love of paint and process.
Our last night:
I cannot wait to go back. Melanie is running another trip in November. I would be on that plane if I could. But I think there may be another one next year...hmmmm.
I will be writing shortly on the connection between one of our projects at Peacock Pavillions and my DIY event coming up at West Elm Wayside. Stay tuned!
Sigh. Thanks for looking.
To all of our happy trails,