Envelop

Join us Friday, September 15th at 815 Gallery in Columbus Park! I am thrilled to be sharing my fiber work alongside the talented Adriana Luna and Doug Boucher. Be prepared from some new and interesting fiber sculpture arrangements because the space is gorgeous.

Doug Boucher is a local photographer who travels to Florida, Colorado and Oregon have inspired and influenced his work.

Adriana Luna is an abstract artist, creating mixed media paintings. A lifetime of loving art led her to study printmaking and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Hope to see you there!

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Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse is only 43 days away! Have you made plans? I'm elated that we are so close to the path of the eclipse since we will not be able to make it out to Wyoming this summer. My piece, "Bargaining" was accepted into the show, SOLAR, hosted by the Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western to coincide with the eclipse. The show will open from August 7th to September 15th.

"Bargaining", Collage, 5"x5"

"Bargaining", Collage, 5"x5"

Friday we drove the piece up to the art gallery and had a fun little museum/art vacation along the way stopping at the Walter Cronkite Memorial, and then down to Weston, MO to see the Nation Silk Museum. This collection was unbelievable. It was silk tapestries from around the 1700s to the early 1900s. The time and attention to detail to create these pieces was astronomical. Then you look at the weaving and it's clear like a photograph. The museum curator said they have the resolution of our HD tv. If you have the ability to stop and check out the collection it's well worth the drive.

silk museum ruins
silk tapestry spinning

We also got to see the reverse sides on some of the tapestry. This little shepherd girl is extra creepy in reverse.

Weaving the River

Over this last six months I've been working on a new project with my fellow Artist Inc team mates. Go Team Orange! Some really exciting things have been happening and I want to document our progress and introduce the project a little bit.  

Weaving the River is an immersive art experience that depicts the unrecognized history of the Wyandotte Indian Settlement of Quindaro.

Once a vibrant trade port on the banks of the Missouri river and a key stop on the underground railroad; few voices rise to tell the epic tale of the progressive township’s resistance and strength.  

According to the Health Equity Action Transformation report released by Community Health Council of Wyandotte County in November 2016, out of 106 counties in the state of Kansas, the citizens of Wyandotte County consist of the most vulnerable populations in both individual and public health.  There is intense overlap of these social determinants of health that show the area surrounding Quindaro to be one of the most at-risk in the county.

Our team will create an installation that envelops the audience in the landscape of Quindaro. A soundscape composed by Jen Appell will include natural samples, voices of residents, songs of slavery and traditional Wyandot music. This element explores the synergies and counterpoints of the community’s complex cultural experience through the span of time. Jillian Youngbird will weave a “river” from sticks and resources collected from the site of the settlement and yarn steeped in water of the Missouri. This physical interpretation of Quindaro, which means “bundle of sticks” or “stronger together”, represents the strength of weaving together a community. Justin Border and I will  interpret the topography of the valley allowing the public to walk the landscape, illustrating the historical and current disparities between Kansas and Missouri. Our team will also create infographics depicting the population’s past and present challenges inspired by hand-drawn graphics created by W.E.B. DuBois. 

A few weeks ago we reached the final round for the Rocket Grant. Though we didn't win a grant we are still confident that our project will move forward. We've made some great connections with local community organizations such as the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, the Kansas City Design Center, Freedom's Frontier, Wyandotte Nation of Kansas, Black Archives of Mid America, Grinter Place State Historical Site and Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries. 

We will document the process of Weaving the River in partnership with Fountain City Frequency to produce a series of narrative podcasts that document the progression of our continued connections to the Quindaro community, physical construction of the installation and the history of Quindaro. This is an exciting opportunity to bring the history of Wyandotte County to a larger audience so that the history is acknowledged and not lost. 

Poly-Art-ery quindaro

These are my fellow artists. Looking all business, as we discuss the future of our project over avocado daiquiris. Yum! It's the beginning of a beautiful relationship and project. 

Presentation time

A month ago I started my last round of Artist Inc classes and now the course is almost over! Artist Inc Advanced is about taking an art project from start to finish and teaching you how to make it happen. My presentation is an interactive installation created from textiles and discarded materials that utilizes motion sensors and LED lights to simulate the ecosystems of Earth. Created from the viewpoint of an archaeologist of the future, this work examines concepts of nature and wilderness from items commonly found in landfills. I'm super excited about this new body of work and would love for you to come learn more about what I've been doing in Artist Inc and what my class mates are working on. 

We invite you to a very special evening with the 2017 Artist INC Advance class - 18 talented and driven KC visual and performing artists who have spent the past 9 weeks developing art projects they are now ready to share with the community. 

On Monday, May 8, they will present their final projects and we will ask you to VOTE for the project you consider the most deserving of a $1,000 grant. 

This special event will include dynamic presentations, delicious food and drink provided by Howard's, and the opportunity to spend time with each of the artists and learn even more about their projects. 

From a funky DIY micro-cinema in downtown KC, to an artist residency for women in Tanzania, Artist INC Advance projects span disciplines and reflect the diversity of vision and ambition in the local creative community. 

Monday, May 8 at 6:30 PM, Doors open at 6PM
ArtsKC 106 Southwest Boulevard KCMO 64108

Come vote for me! 

Creative Hand Show and Sale

If you are out looking for some great hand made gifts made from lovely fibers of all kinds stop by Shawnee this Friday and Saturday. I'm going to be selling bags from vintage kimono and some small fiber artworks.

Here are pictures of the lovelies I'll be selling at the show. If you can't make it but would still like a bag, email me for commissions. I have quite the collection of kimonos so there's more choices of colors and fabrics.

This round project bag closes with a draw string top and has a detachable wristlet. It's perfect for a large knitting project or a giant ball of roving. 7" x 10" x 10"

This structured tote is fully lined and the perfect size for anything from groceries to library books. 25" x 16" x 10"

Fall Colors

Saturday we had a great ikebana class where we arranged zinias, and some other lovelies that I can't name.

The sage makes a crazy fluffy subject.

The sage makes a crazy fluffy subject.

It's the end of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I learned a lot this month about lowering expectations, working through a theme and how to put different materials together. It was a great idea generator to get me back in the studio and break through the paralysis of starting a new project. I'm ready to be done and move on to making some less challenging work for a while. On to making some bags out of kimono fabric for the Creative Hand Show and Sale in November!

Reading: About writing a better artist statement in The Artists Guide. 

Listening to: my brain explode as I try to comprehend 1099s and schedule C at Artist Inc.

Cooking: a nice warm Indian curry for these blustery days. 

Day 30 of 30

It's finally done! A lot of great ideas were generated this month. I can't wait to see my art making in the coming months. Now it's time to put the studio back together. All the 30 in 30 works will be hung at the Old Drum Coffee House and Bakery until the end of October.