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Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion – Experience

Well, I’m back from the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion trip.  I had a sleepless blast.  Everyone left egos at home, and became an immediate family.  There were all different ages and types of people, but because everyone had the Arrowmont Residence experience in common, that was enough to form a tight bond in a mold of inspiration and creative energy.  We had a TON of laughs and clinking glasses toasting and honoring old times and future endeavors.  My mind is still spinning with a flood of information, and ideas unrealized.  We all want to do this every year….an unrealistic endeavor, but I don’t think this reunion idea is over…it will just take a different form.

I was able to take over 2 tables in the studio space provided so I could work on many pieces at once.  I was able to finish about 5 prints, but many more are still in progress.  The one I’m most proud of is below.  I will post pics of some of the others at a later date, as I finish them in the coming weeks.  I donated 2 of them to a future auction for fund raising.  We also worked on a few collaborative projects which was really fun to watch unfold.  Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the final results, but I will include a picture of my favorite one in progress.

I was able to experiment a little with the print press, but it was a bit of a challenge to really get focused in the studio, so I did not experiment with it as much as I intended.  I really wanted to get something finished for the donation, so I tried to focus on what I already knew, but introduced new media instead of new tools.  Below is a picture of a jack press that was homemade and brought by Fenella Belle, a fellow fiber artist from Charlottesville, VA.  It was made for 11″ x 14″ paper.  Todd is going to help me design and build one for bigger paper.  He already has ideas for it.

It was such a treat to be given a large studio space to work with like minded people.  Everyone left inspired, well fed, and tired…a perfect combination of a productive and fun week!  Thank you Arrowmont for a memorable week!!  You will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart!  For those of you who are looking for a creative vacation, I HIGHLY recommend Arrowmont.  It is at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where beautiful hikes are very close, the food is great, and even though it is in the tourist attraction town of Gatlinburg, TN, you never really felt that tourist energy unless you ventured off the campus.  The campus is tucked away off the beaten path and creates its own oasis of beauty and talent.

Work Space at Arrowmont

This is where I set up at Arrowmont. I was able to take over 2 tables and spread out to work on many prints at once.

Home made print press

Home made print press using a car jack.


From my “Front Porch” series. This is my favorite print from the week. 22″ x 30″

This is the collaborative project in progress. There were about 8-9 people that worked on this. It will go up for auction at a future fund raiser.


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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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Studio: Conceptual Thoughts

It is now time to write more about what I am thinking of while I am creating this new work that I am sharing with you.


MEMORY: The need or ability to recall what has happened in the past.

EXPERIENCE: When a moment happens and more than one person is involved, there can be many interpretations of the same experience.

TRACE: That which is left behind. The memory. The evidence. The perspective of the moment.

ERASURE: Details forgotten in an experience. Getting rid of the evidence.

It is the difference in perspective of the same memory that I am interested in capturing in my artwork. I’m am interested in the trace of a moment that is left behind, and the ability (or lack of) to interpret what happened by the evidence left behind. Truth or Fiction? Can we tell what is true and what is fiction by this trace of evidence?

My starting point is working with my family photographs. The trace and evidence of my family of their past times and memories. These photographs are moments captured. They have a natural truth in that the moment happened, but we do not know the details of the moment. In this evidence, we still do not know if the moment was real. I am taking these moments (truth?) and making collages out of them. (fiction) This transformation expresses that the trace of evidence left behind does not have the ability to be proof of anything, except of it’s existence. It can tell us nothing else. It only expresses the mystery of the moment. We do not really know what happened.

When looking at photographs, we must consider that there are many perspectives going on at once. We are seeing the perspective of the cameraman, but we need to also consider the perspectives of the people in the photograph. If you had the opportunity to hear to the story about the memory in the photograph, you would more than likely get a different version of the same experience from each individual in the moment. With this in mind, I have set up some conditions in my process that mimics this idea.


1. I create a collage using my old family photographs.

2. I trace my collage (pun intended) onto old fabric. I use old fabric because it is also has a trace of a past life.

3. I then stitch the fabric by following the tracing. (tracing again.) The finished image is used as the TOOL. It is not the finished piece.

4. I take a sheet of paper and lay it down. I place the tool on top of the paper, and paint on it using various inks, and then place another sheet of paper on top of the tool. These two sheets of paper are experiencing the same moment with the TOOL. Yet, when they are taken away from the TOOL (the moment) they express a different perspective.

5. The RESULT: Multiple perspectives: (the cameraman – the image), (me – the artist), (the paper – 2 perspectives of the same moment), and (the TOOL).

6. The PAPER (print): 2 perspectives of the same moment: The 2 images are very different, and tend to express some opposition: mirror images of each other, color differences, reflect the front and back of the TOOL, placement of the paper with the tool (top, bottom).

NEXT STEP with the TOOL for more prints:

After making a few prints with the TOOL, I take the tool and ERASE the details of the memory, by taking some of the stitching out, and make new prints with the new tool. This expresses how over time, the details of a memory become vague.

The TOOL and IMPRESSIONS:  (comments welcome!)





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Studio: More Impressions

I’m not feeling a 100% today, so I’m not going to type too much.  Here are a few pictures though.  I will talk more about concept soon.  Enjoy.  Comments always welcome.

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Studio: More ink impressions

Here are some samplings of ink impressions I’ve been working on. Some of these are in progress. Instead of drawing objects, I thought I would do impressions of photo collage tracings.

This is my tool. Stitching on fabric.


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Studio: Traces and Process

I’ve been trying to figure out my new process.  I’ve spent a lot of time doing samples so that I will have more control with the fabric impressions on paper.  I did wet on wet, dry on dry, wet on dry, and dry on wet; straight out the bottle and thinned out with water.  I’m hoping to have a solid set of small samples for reference.  I did 4 samples that sit alone to dry, and 4 samples that dry under pressure.  I’ve also been thinking about my substrate.  I decided I would cover a wood panel with pages from an old history book.  I tried to pick out pages that tell stories of people in the southern area of the United States, where my family is from.  (Eli Whitney, Daniel Boone, etc.)  Now I need to figure out what to stitch and do impressions of.

Ink samples using wet and dry paper and fabric

Fabric impressions on book pages.  (Samples)

Book pages glued to a wood panel.  This is the ground of something to come.

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