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Arrowmont Inspired Project

I finished embroidering the printing plate for my Arrowmont project.  (See below…and read THIS post to see collage inspiration for this embroidery.)  So, during my Reunion at Arrowmont, I will take this stitching on fabric and create prints on paper using a printing press.  (Using a real press for my printing process is unexplored territory.)  I plan to run this through several times on the same piece of paper, creating multiple layers on top of each other.  Before I leave for my trip (which is next weekend),  I plan to print this at home using the method I’ve already developed to get a couple of layers started to take with me.  I think I’ll go start now! 😉


Embroidered Printing Plate – Size: 30″ x 22″



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Collage pick #1 – Arrowmont Reunion

I started my collages today for the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion.  It took more than a week and a half to filter through and download all the pictures I thought were good enough to pull information from.  All of my collages are put together in the computer using Photoshop.  Since I’m just trying to achieve a composition, I’m not worried too much about edge detail, so forgive the roughness of the collage image.  Here is the most successful one for the day.

Mrs. Profitt, Me as a child, Mrs. Reagan (Aunt Lizzie)

I made the above collage using the following photos:

Gatlinburg's first health clinic. Also, where I lived when I was a resident artist at Arrowmont in 1994-95.


Mrs. Profitt was the housekeeper for the Boy's Dorm (left) Mrs. Reagan (also know as Aunt Lizzie) was the Housekeeper of Teacher's Dorm and also an accomplished weaver.


Aunt Lizzie spinning yarn most likely for her weaving.

Me as a child.


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Arrowmont School of Arts And Crafts – 20th Anniversary Reunion/Retreat

I have a new adventure, fast approaching, that I’m very excited about! Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a 20 year anniversary of the Artist-in-Residence program that they offer.  To celebrate, they have invited ALL of the previous residents over the past 20 years to participate in a reunion/retreat!  (Yes, that’s right, I was invited because I participated in their program as a resident artist from 1994-95.)  Arrowmont is hosting 5 days of creative collaboration and full use of their studios!  They are even housing and feeding all of us!  How generous is THAT?  (very)  It looks like it will be just above 50 participants according to the last count of attendees.

Arrowmont has organized several different collaborative ideas for us, as a place to start from, and we are asked to choose our top 2 choices.  My choices are:

1.  Create a large format print project. Or a print edition.

2.  Each resident to bring a small personal hand-made object (size restriction) to be embellished and or responded to by other participating residents and staff.

Most (or at least the successful ones?) of these collaborative projects will be donated to Arrowmont and either be sold at fund raising auctions, or added to their permanent collection.

My personal goal for this experience is EXPERIMENTATION using a printmaking press.

Even though I have taken a printmaking class in the past, at the time, I was not using my current process of mono-printing.  Since I’m using stitched fabric as my printing plate, and I work in my home studio (which doesn’t have a print press), I had to develop a way to print without a press.  (I create the pressure using bricks and books.)  My printing plate (stitched fabric) sits under pressure with the paper substrate for days.  This helps to achieve some of the texture in my prints.  I am also printing with inks used for drawing and painting instead of traditional printmaking ink.

Taking this process to a printmaking press will change what mediums I can use for my mark making….I know this.  This is what I’m most excited about! 

Inspiration for my Arrowmont project has begun!

In most of my work, I use old photographs for my inspiration.  I have mostly worked with family photos, and I usually create collages with them to create a new composition.  You can see some of the collages I’ve done in an old post here.  Doing these collages lead me to my current working process, which you can also read more about here.

The history of Arrowmont is interesting and goes way back.  You can read more about it here.  ” Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Arrowmont’s rich history has been preserved in digital format with fully searchable archival materials including letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks.” (from Arrowmont’s website) These can be found here.   When I discovered this resource, I was ecstatic!  What a wonderful way to begin my research for my print edition!

OK, that is it for now, but I will be posting some ideas in more detail in future posts leading up to the retreat, which will take place from May 14th – 18th.  (next month!) Thanks for stopping in to see what I’m up too!   Here is a little eye candy taken from the scrapbook section of this website:


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Small and Large

I’ve been working on some more prints, small and large.  Here is a sampling.  I’ve been experimenting with these smaller prints on Masa Wax paper.  It’s creating a nice surface with the ink.

13″ x 11″

13" x 11"   $75

13″ x 11″

13″ x 11″

This next print is a large one.  (45″ x 63″)  I’ve been printing on this one for the last 3 weeks.  It has been printed on 4 different times with different layers of ink, so it is more dense with color and layers.  I’m really enjoying this process and it’s effect on the paper.

“Aunt Maggie”, 45″ x 63″, 2010,


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New hat with Lucky’s hair!

I finally made something with my dog, Lucky’s hair!  My friend Jamie had me collect his hair last year so she could spin it in to yarn.  She spun it into a skein and gave it to me!  (See her BLOG about this subject.) A year later, I made myself a hat! Lucky and I LOVE my new hat!  Thanks again for the yarn, Jamie, and thank you for keeping me warm, Lucky!


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Studio: My past with my family’s past

I’ve decided to imagine my own history by bring photos of me into the collage.  I’m not trying to rewrite to forget.  I have very fond memories.  I’m only trying to connect to a history that intrigues me, the past of my family.  Sewing myself into my family’s memories makes me feel closer to them and connects me further.



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Studio: More organizing and analyzing

It is time to finally organize all my family photos into collections that go together. My goal here is see if I can learn more information about these experiences by looking at all the photos of the same event, rather than looking at each photo individually.

What has taken me so long to do this? Honestly, I can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. However, a part of the reason why is because I do not have the whole collection of photos to work with. My brother and sister have a good bit of the collection too. However, I have my part of the collection, and a collection of photos that we have not gone through to divide yet. (the “undivided collection”)

So, the first thing I did is mark the backs of the “undivided collection” with blue tape, since I would need to mix this collection with my own.

Then, I looked at each picture and put it in a pile according the their size and shape. There were small, medium and large, square and rectangle, and some with or without a serrated edge. Also, I had two separate piles for photo booth portraits and studio portraits.

I took each pile and looked on the back. Most of them were unmarked, but some of them had numbers stamped or written on them. I quickly realized that this told me for sure which pictures came from the same roll of film. Since some of the photos did not have numbers, I looked for the clothing that people were wearing to see if the photos were taken at the same event or on the same day.

Now I’m working on putting xeroxes of each group of photos in my notebook. I will use these copies for drawing on, looking at, and analyzing with notes and ideas. I’ll post notebook pictures later.


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