Category: collaboration

Upcoming Exhibit: Sanctuary and Safekeeping at The Davis Gallery

Now installing: Sanctuary and Safekeeping

Today we started installing Sanctuary and Safekeeping, part 3 in my ongoing collaboration with artists Nicole Uzzell and Millicent Greason. Together we chose this topic to explore over a year ago and worked in our different mediums to expand on what environments and experiences make us feel safe and fed our souls.

If you follow me on Instagram  you’ve seen parts and pieces of this exploration through the past year, and now I’m really excited and energized to see how our individual visions are coming together and creating a dialog of artwork around this subject in the gallery.

Sanctuary studies - in progress
Safekeeping and Sanctuary Pennants in progress

I hope you will visit this exhibit in the coming months and add your thoughts to the ongoing conversation. It’s one of particular importance as we face the challenges in this new year. More info about the exhibit and opening reception after the jump.

Safekeeping and Sanctuary Pennants in progress

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Inspiration: Exuberant drips and Glitter Puddles

Children's Museum Telephone Project - the inspiration

I’ve got a table full of exuberant drips, bright shapes, giant paintbrush splashes, primary colors and glitter puddles. All this lively artwork was created by small hands/young minds in the art room at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem last week and it’s my inspiration. I have till this Monday to create a work of art inspired by these paintings as part of The Children’s Museum Telephone Project.

Time to dig in! You may remember the last iteration of The Telephone Project I participated in.  I hope this one proves to be as interesting and fun. Looks like I’m gonna need a bigger glitter bucket. Here are a few more photos of the artwork that’s brightening the studio this snowy Friday:

Children's Museum Telephone Project - the inspiration

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The Telephone Project opens Saturday

Start here! The Telephone Projec
photo: The Telephone Project/Anna Rooney

I’m so excited about culmination of this project! 52 artists, stretched over all ages, approaches and mediums have a conversation over the course of a year. I’m artist #7 in the conversation and worked on my contribution last October. Looking forward to seeing the entire project unfold. Join us this Saturday.

telephone project poster

telephone project - framed
Here’s a cropped peak at my print for the project, titled “Cartwheel”

Beginning in September 2012, over the course of one year, one piece of art was sent through the elementary school “Telephone Game”. Each of the 52 artists created a new piece (prose, poetry, film, music, dance, visual art) only seen by the next artist who creates a piece inspired by the last, and so it was sent forth. Anyone, anywhere was invited to participate. Our first month includes a 6 year-old, a body painting artist, a drama student, and a dancer. Just like the “telephone game”, the participants don’t know what the final product is until the game is over. This show will be the first unveiling of the project in its entirety. Continue reading “The Telephone Project opens Saturday”

Press: Interview with NRB Creative Team on NPR

WFDD interview - New River breakdown
Andrew and Terry talking with WFDD’s Bethany Chafin. (photo: Tristin Miller)

This weekend’s edition of Triad Arts has a nice interview (starts at 38:50) with most of the creative team behind the New River Breakdown covers project. I really enjoyed talking with WFDD’s Bethany Chafin and the NRB team. Bethany did a great job of capturing the story of this project and it was a energizing chat.

There’s a tidbit from our conversation that didn’t make it into the edited interview I wanted to share.  While discussing my printing process, Bethany introduced me to a new word:

 palimpsest:
1 :  writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after
earlier writing has been erased
:  something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface

Has some lovely overlapping with many creative thought and art-making processes, doesn’t it? Later that same day, Terry shared this poem: How to Make a Palimpsest by Katherine Durham Oldmixon—another poet’s take on the same word. Nice Plate of Shrimp, eh? I love discovering new things.

You can listen to the full interview with Bethany and the team on the WFDD website. (drop in at minute-marker 38:50 to hear our conversation)    Continue reading “Press: Interview with NRB Creative Team on NPR”

Taking the composition from large to small: NRB Cover Project Recap – Part 3

An overview of designing and printing book cloth for New River Breakdown,  Terry Kennedy‘s poetry collection from Unicorn Press . You can see the finished book covers from this project at Unicorn Press. Recap part one is here. Recap part two is here.

Taking a dip: Ready to Dye

With five layers of imagery printed and then washed (partially) away, it’s time for the most unpredictable part of this process—the dye bath.  A robin’s egg blue mixed with turquoise will take the edge off the brighter colors and solidify the concept of a riverbed patina.

fabric - after 1st wash - pre dye
A detail shot of the printed linen, washed and ready to dye.
after dye bath
The dyed linen, now a light blue.

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Building the Patina: NRB Cover Project Recap – Part 2

An overview of designing and printing book cloth for New River Breakdown,  Terry Kennedy‘s poetry collection from Unicorn Press . You can see the finished book covers from this project at Unicorn Press. Recap Part one is here.

The Creation Process: Step 1 – Grabbing the bull by the horns

Armed with a concept to create riverbed patina, it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start the actual making. First the canvas for this creation–the 13 yards of linen–needs to be tamed. Meaning: washed, cut into smaller pieces, and hemmed to reduce fray during the process.

cutting 13 yards into panels
Cutting the linen into 7 panels ( 5 72″ x 54″ and 2 65″ x 54″ panels).

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From written word to a puddle of bull: NRB Cover Project Recap – Part 1

An overview of designing and printing book cloth for New River Breakdown,  Terry Kennedy‘s poetry collection from Unicorn Press . You can see the finished book covers from this project at Unicorn Press.

New River Breakdown - Uncorrected Page proofs
Plain paper packages tied up with string.

The Invitation: One Book, Five Artists

When Tristin Miller initially described the project to me, I was intrigued. Five artists  interpret the same collection of poems by author Terry Kennedy in book-cover form. Each cover design will be produced as part of a set of hand-bound, limited edition books by a local publishing company. A project full of collaboration, exploring the overlap of art and design, all set in the local creative environment—sign me up!

The group met for a project briefing where Terry and Andrew Saulters of Unicorn Press explained their ideas and the project parameters. There were very few.  Terry described some key ideas and imagery in the book including his interest in the New River, an ancient river that runs North to South through North Carolina unlike others in the area. He enjoyed how nature can be counter intuitive and related this to how we discover many things work in unexpected ways when examined closely.  We artists were given a copy of Terry’s book, bound in plain black paper, and a deadline for final artwork.

The designer side of my brain was spinning at this point. Terry and Andrew didn’t expect to see concepts, vet artist ideas or provide feedback—either very brave or very insane.

My artist-brain was most excited about the fact the hardcover edition was bound in fabric, something that dovetailed perfectly with my current printing experiments on found-fabrics. Time to go read the book and see what this was all really about.

An Idea: A Riverbank Patina

It was mid May, the garden was lush and the weather was perfect for deck-sitting so I spent an afternoon with my toes in the sun and my head in Terry’s  book. There may have been a glass of wine. It’s a lovely book; very visual, very thoughtful. Wistful, hopeful and Southern. Continue reading “From written word to a puddle of bull: NRB Cover Project Recap – Part 1”