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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Coming Up

The last bit of time has involved a lot of preparation for the upcoming, 18 February (Saturday) 'Fiber Arts Festival' here in Point Roberts.  It's a day-long (10-4) deal at the Community Center with fiber exhibits and demonstrations and opportunities to make things, plus a small quilt show (our bigger quilt show is in the summer), and craft sales (our bigger craft sale is at Christmas), etc. etc.  Also, it will be the occasion of drawing the four winning tickets for the four quilts that we are raffling to benefit the P.R. Library Building Fund.  But even though this is a relatively small event, it involves a lot of preparation by the P.R. Quilt Group, mostly.

There will be what is called a 'new to you' table, which is a kind of smaller fiber thrift shop.  These are generally easy to stock because everybody who works in fiber has too much fiber.  You never know when you will need what, and so everybody has pretty much everything.  It is good, on occasion, to take stock and get rid of some things.  So that has been mostly what I've been doing.  Very strenuous work because it involves a decision about every 30 seconds.  And the point is, the reason I have all this stuff is that I might need it.  And so, deciding that I won't need it is problematic because I might.  Given my advanced age, I am working on probabilities I will need it within the next 10 years, which may be about as long as either I or my eyes will hold out.    Come and get some of our stuff.  The price is definitely right.

But there's other stuff as well.  Last week, a member of the Point Roberts community who works in the movies/TV world bestowed upon us all the leftover fabrics from a TV film that had been being made in Vancouver.  It turns out that the movies, when they strike the set, have a lot of stuff left over.  They don't (as I realized when I tried to imagine what happens at the end of a filming) use up all the stuff they need to make that film.  And they don't, apparently, have any idea as to how much stuff they are actually going to need to make that film.

Our benefactor brought us many, many boxes of stuff, including entire bolts of fabrics.  We spent Saturday morning sorting through it all, putting it up into smaller packets (say 3-5 yards) and sending about a third of it off to the real thrift store (mostly knit fabrics which seemed of more use to people making clothes than to people doing arts/crafts).  But there are still many, many packets of beautiful fabrics coming to the 'new to you' table.  Take them off our hands; please do!

Among other things, this awesome gift helped me to understand why movies cost so much to make.

1 comment:

BuckyHermit said...

I used to work as a movie extra during my university days and for one scene in "Hot Rod" in Cloverdale, I calculated how much money was being spent that day. For movie extras alone (not including the crew, cast, property rentals, equipment rentals, etc.), it was costing the production $200 per minute that day. This didn't take overtime into account (we went into double overtime).

It is indeed insane how much money is spent in movies. One crew member described it to me as money being flushed down the toilet.

"The Watchmen" actually had an entire warehouse in Burnaby JUST for wardrobe and costumes.