THE ACE CAMP JOURNAL


THE ACE CAMP JOURNAL - Stories on the road, City Guides, People, Places, Things we like.

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A Brief Summary of Past Posts.

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Ace Camp | Aran Goyoaga | Food Styling + Photography in the Pacific Northwest | Seattle, Washington | August 7-11, 2014

In August, we are heading to Seattle, Washington for an Ace Camp with Aran Goyoaga.  This workshop will take place in Aran's personal studio which is near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  Join us for a 3-day 5-night experience learning Food Photography + Styling in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

We will begin the Ace Camp by meeting at our accommodation followed a chef's dinner. Three days of workshops follow, which include a trip to Vashon Island (by ferry), a bicycle journey for an outdoor crab and seafood themed picnic, head out for a meal at one of Seattle's finest restaurants Sitka + Spruce, a "farm to table" establishment located inside Melrose Market and wrap up the workshop with a fantastic dinner made in the studio with food purchased at Ballard Farmer's Market.

For more information - here.

Registration opens on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:00 PST

Please note that workshops fill quickly.

We hope you can join us!

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Ace Camp | Lotta Jansdotter | Jaipur, India

Back from Jaipur, India. What a group!  

Thank you to all that signed up a long time ago to head on this journey. You rocked!

You simply don't know what hit you until you get back home after lugging all the things bought and seeing them exploding on the floor in a flurry of fine cotton and block prints.

Anokhi.... thanks for the greens! (seriously, don't ever change)

What a great and thoughtful teacher Lotta Jansdotter is - not to mention a daring and adventurous traveller.

Thank you to Andree who prepared the tour of the block printing factories and took us to Soma and to visit other factories and dyers - with, oh so, much thought for our excursions. They were incredibly special.

Most of all I would like to mention S.P who helped us with the outside the itinerary adventures, the driver and his assistant (man oh man, driving in Jaipur is no easy task), the kitchen staff at Narain Niwas who made all the cappuccinos, masala chais, the smiling housekeepers and all the workers and owners of the factories who took time to let us into their world. Namaste. 

Namaste. 

Ace Camps will be back - there is so much to see and learn in India. 

In Chandi Chowk - prior to the Ace Camp

In Chandi Chowk - prior to the Ace Camp

The monkey who came for lunch.

The monkey who came for lunch.

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left:  Walking to the dyers, upper left: riding in a Tuk Tuk, upper right: packaging, middle left: at the dyers, middle right: on the way to Anokhi Museum, bottom left: the traffic, bottom right: our guide to the dyers. 

left:  Walking to the dyers, upper left: riding in a Tuk Tuk, upper right: packaging, middle left: at the dyers, middle right: on the way to Anokhi Museum, bottom left: the traffic, bottom right: our guide to the dyers. 

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Linens out to dry after the rains.

Linens out to dry after the rains.

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left:  at the indigo dyers, middle top: the lassi shop on the MI road, middle bottom: at Ninder, top right: at the indigo dyers, middle right: our faithful driver, middle bottom: the khadi shop. 

left:  at the indigo dyers, middle top: the lassi shop on the MI road, middle bottom: at Ninder, top right: at the indigo dyers, middle right: our faithful driver, middle bottom: the khadi shop. 

At the indigo factory. 

At the indigo factory. 

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Techniques of block printing at Soma.

Techniques of block printing at Soma.

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Separating fibers and paper hanging from the rafters.

Separating fibers and paper hanging from the rafters.

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Ninder and the block printing factory of Soma

Ninder and the block printing factory of Soma

The hand stitching at Brigitte Singh's studio.

The hand stitching at Brigitte Singh's studio.

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left:  at the airport - a bit of packaging, right: walking to the dyers

left:  at the airport - a bit of packaging, right: walking to the dyers

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right upper: fabric used for the making of paper, upper right: windows in the Muslim area of Jaipur, bottom left: at Soma, bottom right: at the dyers.

right upper: fabric used for the making of paper, upper right: windows in the Muslim area of Jaipur, bottom left: at Soma, bottom right: at the dyers.

Hand embroidery at Brigitte Singh.

Hand embroidery at Brigitte Singh.

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Ace Camp | Bea Peltre | East County Clare, Ireland

I've just returned from Ireland after spending time in East County Clare and with the group who signed up, more than a year ago, for the Ace Camp with Bea Peltre.  As I sit at my computer in the dark wide awake very early in the day I am reminiscing about our time as I look through the photos.  

This Ace Camp was all about the food and culture of Ireland as told through the styling of their food; desserts, produce, meats and cheese.  It was also about adventuring through East County Clare, Ireland to visit small towns, charity shops, restaurants, pubs and other spontaneous journeys that unfold as they do.

Before I post some images of our trip I'd like to thank Bea Peltre for her help in making this Ace Camp such a success. 

Thank you Bea and all that joined in and thank Alison Bell, who is a childhood (and adult) friend of mine, who came as our chef.   

Welcome to St. Tola's Organic Goat Cheese Farm

Welcome to St. Tola's Organic Goat Cheese Farm

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left: a donkey who wandered on the property, top right: at St. Tola's Organic Goat cheese farm, bottom right: our lunch.

left: a donkey who wandered on the property, top right: at St. Tola's Organic Goat cheese farm, bottom right: our lunch.

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left: Shane telling us there's an eagle over yonder, top right: Bea at the pub (thanks to Shane who drove us there!, bottom right: our lunch spot.

left: Shane telling us there's an eagle over yonder, top right: Bea at the pub (thanks to Shane who drove us there!, bottom right: our lunch spot.

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top left: the ducks on the property, bottom left: a thrift store find, top right: the thrift store, bottom right: near the house.

top left: the ducks on the property, bottom left: a thrift store find, top right: the thrift store, bottom right: near the house.

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left top: food left for the animals, left bottom: Alison in the kitchen, top right: Alison cooking, bottom right: our detour to the woollen mill.

left top: food left for the animals, left bottom: Alison in the kitchen, top right: Alison cooking, bottom right: our detour to the woollen mill.

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Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada

I found these studios today and spend the rest of the morning finding our more about Fogo Island, the Shorefast Plan, Zita Cobb, the architect - Todd Saunders and the Fogo Island Arts Corp.  

"The idea behind the forms of the various studios was to create a bold geometric structure to starkly contrast, yet lay silently. In the striking natural environment. The main concept behind the layout of the artist studios was to observe the surrounding environment during its transition through the various seasons in which the studios will be in use: spring, summer and fall." 
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I have been to all the provinces in Canada except Newfoundland and have wanted to travel there for years.  Visiting Fogo Islands and staying at the Fogo Island Inn is definitely in my plans - and to take a group there for an Ace Camp is in my dreams.  The concept started with Zita Cobb, a native of the island, who is giving back to the community by building the artist studios and a high end hotel.  

The film below is one created to showcase the cultural fabric and is about quilt making on the island.  You can view other island stories about hospitality, built heritage, cooking or woodwork by heading to their site.  The filmmaking is superb and an impeccable example of how to market a small community through cultural tourism.

I wrote this almost a year ago and didn't post it. The other day I happen to be re-introduced to the Fogo Island Inn and have been dreaming about it ever since. 

In the time that I started this little chat about Fogo Island the hotel has been built. There are a number of videos on Vimeo where you can have a look at the hotel, the location and the concept behind it's creation.

Check it out:  Fogo Island Inn

Love it.

Want to go there to watch the icebergs. 

For sure. 

p.s.  All the quilts were made by community members of Fogo Island and are used at the hotel. 

 

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