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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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A New Studio

Well, renovations are over.  I actually made a comfortable space to create my artwork and do my thinking.  There is still more I could do, but it will have to wait until my next break between classes.  We get 6 or 7 weeks off after this quarter, which will be a good time to refine the space.  Also, after I’ve worked in it a while, I will have a better idea of what sort of changes are necessary.  I’m really going to love having everything in one place.  Comments are below each picture.

I took out the dresser that was used for storage and hung up shelves instead.

This picture is is going around the room to the right.  The table is in the middle of the room.  Notice the closet on the left.  This is my new linen closet.  Picture below.

I love my new linen closet. It is such a better use of space.

This is moving around the room to the right.  This was the corner that had that clunky gray utility shelf.  The corner table and shelves hold all of my dye stuff, and will be a workspace for other things when I’m not dyeing.  I made the table for screenprinting about 6 years ago, however, it is used as a surface for many other things as well.

Every studio needs to have a comfortable chair for sitting, reading, reflecting, and thinking.  This red is not really super comfortable, but it will do.

To the right of my red thinking chair is my sewing station.  This is the area that I’m not completely happy with.  I want to eventually install shelves like the others to get everything off the surface of the table.

Lastly, I left one big blank wall to hang up work on when I need to see it from far away.  The boards hanging up high on the wall is the wood I use to make my stretcher frames.  I wanted to store these off the floor, and thought this was a good solution.

So, now I’m ready to get started in the studio!

I probably won’t post on Saturday like I usually do.  I have a commitment early evening that day.  So, my next post will probably be Sunday.  Have a great week!


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Sampling of my work

Since there are a lot of new visitors to my blog, I decided to give you a peek at what my artwork is like. 

Photogravure on silk, sewn, appliqued.

Photogravure on silk and cotton, applique, antique linens

Screenprinting with dyes, machine embroidery on antique linen.  (detail on right)

Screenprinting with Dye and Thiox, applique, machine embroidery


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