Saturday, April 27, 2013

April/May Announcements

I have been notified that I am a Trawick Prize Semi-Finalist!

My participation in Fiberart International and the associated workshops has encouraged me to move forward to publish a comprehensive 30 pg book of my fiber work on Blurb, available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book.

"Milestones: Textiles of Transition" opens at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles on May 8th. The show is curated by Deborah Corsini. I have two hair embroidery works about Motherhood there. The reception is in early June, still figuring out of that is a possibility for me.
Milestones: Textiles of Transition runs from May 8 - July 21, 2013.

Milestones: Textiles of Transition explores how historic and contemporary textiles have been created for and continue to signify moments of transition—birth, marriage, and death, among others—and the unique bond these textiles have with our universal human experience. As material objects they play an important role in all of our life passages, either as utilitarian objects, or as ceremonial and symbolic pieces.
Milestones: Textiles of Transition seeks to facilitate a dialog between the traditional commemorative or functional textiles and modern interpretations of these familiar experiences by contemporary artists. Comprised of approximately forty objects, the exhibition includes a wide variety of textiles including historic baby and wedding quilts, ethnographic works such as kuba velvets and bani guili beadwork (worn during puberty rites) and provocative quilts, sculptures, and installations by contemporary artists pursuing these timeless themes.Contemporary artists featured include: Paula Chung, Susan Else, Kate Kretz, Victoria May, Mary Mazziotti, Stephanie Metz, Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Beverly Raynor, Deidre Scherer, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt, Ruth Tabancay, Angie Wilson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes and Luminarium Dance Company

I have one work in the Triennial exhibition Fiberart International 2013 at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. They have published a gorgeous catalog. The show will travel to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, November 6, 2013 - January 19, 2014
and the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC
January 19 - April 24, 2014 

I will be giving a talk and offering some workshops at The Society For Contemporary Craft this summer:

Friday, June 21 | 9 am - 4:30 pm
This one-day intensive workshop serves artists who work in all media, at virtually any stage in their development. In addition to mining for subject matter and discovering one's own unique forms of presentation, the featured exercises can be repeated after the workshop to refresh an artistic practice or recover from 'artist's block.'

Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23 | 9 am - 4 pm
Co-sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
Students will transform a found article of clothing into a provocative, wearable work of art. Discharge, painting, appliqué, hand embroidery, and embellishment will be used to create engaging clothing that 'speaks.'

Sign up for either workshop here:

In May, I will have 3 brand new hair embroidery pieces in "Hair Apparent", opening at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA. The show is curated by Twig Murray.

Finally, thrilled that I will be part of a two person Booth Project with Gaston Ulgalde at LINK Artfair - Hong Kong from May 23 - 26, 2013, with Hardcore Art Contemporary Space

My father is in hospice and will not make it to the end of the week. He has probably influenced my work more than any other human on this earth. I have realized that so much of my work is about him, the kind of person he was, the difficulty of his life, and his responses to it.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

So much happening!

Fiberart International opens Friday, April 19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
There are two locations for the show: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, & Society for Contemporary Craft. My work and I will be at SCC during the opening. I have already given all my passes away to immediate family, I think there is a $5 charge at the opening if you are not a member, but I am told there will be a luxe spread !

There is a Forum the next day where all the artists will be speaking about their work, and I will be back in June to give an artist's talk and a series of workshops: A non media-specific "Finding Your Visual Voice" workshop, a 2-day Psychological Clothing workshop, and an Artists-Who-Happen-To-Be-Mothers Film Screening / Go Out for Drinks Evening.

I stayed up three nights in a row creating a fairly comprehensive Blurb book of my fiber work to have available at the Forum. I will have a few available for purchase there, but you can have one shipped to your door by going right to Blurb. Inexpensive e-books, softcover, and super deluxe coffee table versions available!