Chatham Arts Council came to visit me in my studio. Here is a Meet the Artist blog post capturing our time in the studio together:
Chatham Artist Guild organizes so many great local arts events. The studio tours have become one of my favorite outings! I have meet so many kind and generous artists and seen a lot of great artwork, all within a short drive from my home. This years was the 23rd year of studio tours. Check it out next December! http://www.chathamartistsguild.org
I was thrilled this morning to see coracles mentioned in the National Baskety Organization newsletter. What could be better than a basket boat! I have been dying to make one since I first heard of them. The almighty access of the internet has allowed me to find coracle references all over the world. It is a global tradition and it seems there are still folks all over making and playing with coracles today. I am particularly fond of the Southeast Asian variety. I found this photo in an online series called "we made it" that chronicles all kinds of interesting contraptions (The hot air balloon segment is on my must read list!). I particularly enjoyed this photo showing how a coracle can be carried with a body strap like a personal boat backpack.
Here are a few links for more coracle enjoyment:
and the mentioned NBO newsletter: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=edcdb4412436b8382a759b970&id=278e1880a1
Today I set my machine, and myself, free.
I have been steadily weaning myself of production work. I surprised my self with how much I tried to hold on. I have been tired of production leather work for quite some time but it is hard to turn down orders and the money that comes with them. Today I finally let go.
I'm head up stairs to fill up a new bobbin with thicker thread and start sewing things I never allowed myself to put through my machine before.
I taught a couple classes at Driftless Folk School this summer. We made leather shoes and packbaskets. It is a wonderful organization in a beautiful part of the country. They offer a huge variety of classes and the best food! Check them out if you are headed through Wisconsin. They run classes all year long.
This July I spent a week in Shelburne Falls MA at Vavstuga Swedish Weaving School. Often I think of warping the loom as work, but at Vavstuga it was a joy. Becky had us warp all the looms together. We were able to chat, take turns, and help each other. It was really pleasant! And that is usually the last word that comes to mind when I think of warping a loom. This usually arduous and monotonous task was transformed into a relaxing social hour. For me this was a great lesson in how community can really add to the artistic process. I hope to never warp a loom alone again!
This spring I learned how to skive and create quality leather inlay. Lisa Sorrel was teaching an encore inlay class at Penland again and I am so happy I could make it. I made a couple large leather patches and a few cuffs during the week class.
My woodturning club GAW/Atlanta had a wonderful demonstrator month. I was happy to make it into his class on multi axis turning. I made a little face that has been riding around in my car with me since the class. This is it how the process starts.
Derek Weidman makes amazing work. The lion, pictured below, he brought with him to Atlanta was out of this world. I love his disregard for established turning techniques and I am amazed at what he has come up with. Every demo is great fun since he takes audience suggestions for the piece he will make on the spot.
This is photo from my time at Arrowmont as a studio assistant. That year, late 2013- 2014, I worked there at Arrowmont and then went to host at JCC Folk School. I am just starting to realize the impact those experiences had on my artwork. I was exposed to so many different kinds of artwork and met so many great people.
This photo brought back good memories when I found it and I thought it would be a good place to start this blog. This photo shows me in the place I feel most comfortable, the craft school studio.
Craft schools are special places, and my favorite places. I love my own studio but I love the community studios even more. It's great to have engaged and enthusiastic people working alongside each other. I have always wanted a career at a craft school. It is the desire I followed to an Art Education and Sculpture degree.
I am so grateful for my time in that clay studio, all the studios I had a moment in that year, before, and since.
Along a winding road I go. I am so thankful for the time and the journey.
This process blogs is intended to document a continual unfolding of ideas, increasing understanding, and blossoming joy.