New Monoprint Edition Started – Front Porch

Well, I’m embarrassed that it has been so long since I’ve posted something.  I guess the move, and new (old) house renovation has just taken over all of my free time!  I’ve finally “carved” out a studio space in the construction zone to get back in the creative side of my brain. This summer, I’ve taken a break from the house stuff and made time to finish a new stitching to use for my “printing plate”.

Front Porch collage inspiration

Front Porch collage inspiration

Remember the days of sitting on the front porch and greeting your neighbors as they walked by?  Ahh…the days that people actually knew their neighbors and interacted with them….(Actually, I must say my new neighborhood is the friendliest I’ve lived in for a long while.)  Anyway, this print series is inspired by one of my old family photographs (in which I did not recognize anyone).  I inserted myself as a child in this one, and the lady in the dress is a mystery, but she must be connected in someway to my family because her picture was in my grandmothers collection. Maybe they were neighbors?….You know, back in the day when you knew everyone in your neighborhood.

Introducing: “Front Porch” 

Below is the results of the top print.  (I print 2 at a time: bottom and top.)  This print has 3 layers of ink.  (I’m still layering on the bottom print, and will show you when it dries in a few days.)  I’ve been trying out some new techniques, so I hope you like it!  Stay tuned for more prints from this stitching soon!

” Front Porch”  30″ x 17″

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Road Trip to see Anne Wilson’s: Wind/Rewind/Weave

A few weeks ago I went with a group of professors and students to participate in Anne Wilson’s exhibition: Wind/Rewind/Weave, at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The professors and I went up a day earlier, so we could weave for an afternoon before the students arrived.  There was only one loom, so we took turns weaving.  While we were there, Anne Wilson, unexpectedly arrived with critic and writer, Kathryn Hixson, and they graciously invited us to join them for lunch, but since it was my turn to weave, I decided to stay and declined.  The museum was closed the day we were there, so I was happy with my decision, as I was able to concentrate on color decisions and weave without distractions.

Anne Wilson and Kathryn Hixson rolling up the first woven section of the project that was cut off the loom 2 weeks prior. This was the first time the weaving had been unrolled and viewed.

This is the section I wove for the Anne Wilson project.

A view of the gallery.

That same afternoon, we drove to Gatlinburg, TN to meet up with the graduate students to visit Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Bill Griffith, the Assistant Director, gave us a fabulous tour of the campus and facilities.   Since I was a resident artist at Arrowmont in the mid-1990’s, it was really fun to see the campus again and the how the residency program has changed since I’ve been there.  (Thank you, Bill, for the tour!  It was great to see you!)

Our group was in Knoxville for a few days, and we had also scheduled a private tour of the exhibit with Anne.  She was so gracious and open with explanations and her time with us.  It was a true pleasure to meet her in person, and I hope we didn’t monopolize her time too much! 😉

Part of the exhibition’s documentation will include the “Then and Now” of each weaver that worked on the project who wanted to share their story.  Here is my story and contribution:

Then:

I learned how to weave while earning my BFA in Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design in 1990.  I fell in love with the meticulous process each step required like it was in my blood.  Constructing fabric by using a loom and yarn seemed like magic to me; it was seemingly so complicated, yet really so simple.  I loved mixing color with the yarn and using unusual materials for the weft.  I continued weaving as my art form for 10+ years, but eventually broadened my horizons to other processes after I enrolled in a MFA Fibers program.

Now:

Using the weaving process in my work has slipped away from me.  I’ve always been interested in combining processes, and I’m sure at some point I will return to weaving, however for now, I am completely satisfied with the way I’m working.

I found out last year that weaving, indeed, is in my blood.  Working on my thesis, while earning my MFA, I traced part of my family lineage (on my grandmother’s side) back to the relative who first landed on American soil. George Vogelmann (Fogleman) arrived in America on September 5, 1751 in Pennsylvania. (He eventually settled in Alamance County, NC.)  George was a farmer and a weaver, and at the time of his death in 1785, the inventory of his estate lists among numerous items, one weaving loom, six pair of gears,  a quill wheel and some spools. There were also three pairs of carders and one pair of wool combs.  It was a very nostalgic discovery for me, and I’m excited to have learned about it.

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Drawing in Thread: Contemporary Embroidery

Hi folks,

I have work in an exhibition in the Boston area which opens on March 30, 2010.  There will be a reception on April 8th, 5-7pm if you are in the area. I will not make it to the opening, unfortunately, as it is too far away.  Check out the WEBSITE for links to all the artists in the exhibit.  It looks like it will be a great exhibit with a wide variety of contemporary artists working with embroidery.

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The “See You Later” Series

I’ve been working on some prints from a new stitching.  I’m calling these the “See You Later” Series.  Enjoy!

See You Later #1

See You Later #1

See You Later #2

See You Later #2

See You Later #3

See You Later #3

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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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What’s next you ask??

Well folks, the summer is over, and this is the question I ask myself. What’s next? After taking the summer off in lieu of finishing my MFA, I’m ready to get back in the studio. However, a few things happened over the summer that I want to share with you.

1. Three of my prints were accepted in the exhibition, “Under Pressure” at Shiftspace Gallery at Wichita State University. The exhibition is up for August and September. From the press release via University of Pennsylvania MFA Forum:

Under Pressure consists of a full range of approaches in print media, from the traditional to the experimental. Printmaking has a strong basis in tradition, both as a fine art medium, and as an essential area of technological innovation for the dissemination of text and images. Old approaches to printmaking have been challenged and enriched by the introduction of digital and photographic media, and by artists producing work that integrates print media with other approaches. These new uses and understandings of printmaking have re-defined the very notion of what a print is. The exhibition consists of MFA students and recently graduated MFA students that can add to this complex dialogue in printmaking, and who have a vision that reaches beyond traditional practices. Whether by presenting traditional processes in a new light, or by pushing the conceptual or technological limits of that which can be considered printmaking, work submitted addresses the printmaking tradition in new and innovative ways.”

2. I’ve changed positions within the Fibers Deptartment at SCAD!  After 5 years of being the Administrative Assistant to the Chair of the Fibers Dept, I have transitioned into the Studio Technician position.  What does this mean to me and what does a studio tech do??  Well, it means I have less paperwork to shuffle, and I can use my brain in a way that I hope will contribute more to the fibers department and how it functions.  I will be in charge of various studios and its equipment.  (among many other various responsibilities)  I’m very excited for this job change, and am looking forward to working in the department in a new capacity! 😉

New Goals (simplified):

1. Buy a memory card reader so my camera will upload on my computer.  I haven’t been able to upload pics for almost a year!

2. Finish the stitching I’m working on now, so I can get back to printing.

3. Start working on the house renovations again.

4. Post more on my blog.

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