I have discovered that writing a blog while in residency is not such an easy thing to do. I’m going to try and change that starting TODAY.
Many of the activities of the last few weeks should be their own blog posts–Moore Place, pillow cases, community quilt building, fellow artist-in-residence, and computer tote bags. But for today, I’m going to outline the basics with the goal of fleshing things out later.
This is off topic, but important. I love tomatoes. Especially real-grown-in-the-hot-southern-sun tomatoes. I was fortunate to get to eat all of these beauties. Every Monday, all of the residents at McColl are invited to visit a particular artist-in-residence studio. The first studio visit was held in Ruganzu Bruno’s studio. Ruganzu was the Environmental Artist-in-Residence for the past four months. Using salvaged materials, he created two play ground experiences for the public–one in Charlotte and the other in Penland, North Carolina. His presentation was a madcap look at his past four months as well as some really lovely photos of his homeland in Uganda.
Afterwards, we went to Common Market for a little farewell party for Ruganzu. I’ll let the images describe that experience.
That Thursday, at the McColl + Response: Artist Talk, all of the Fall Artist-in-Residents gave short presentations about their work to the general public. Here are the five photos used in my presentation. It’s hard to tell your life story with just five photos, but there you have it.
The next day, every one was busy preparing for the 15th anniversary celebration of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation as well as the opening of Marek Ranis’s Arctic Utopia. Here, Bill is helping me hang work in my studio. Boy, those walls are bare.
That’s Jessica Whitbread and myself at the beginning of the evening. She did my hair which I loved.
Hundreds of people visited the McColl that night. Here is my studio tricked out with quilts and visitors.
The party ended in the Dignicraft‘s studio amongst all of their amazing Mexican pottery.
Next up, I organized boxes and boxes of fabric for my projects with Moore Place. Moore Place provides permanent housing to the chronic homeless. It is an amazing place founded by Urban Ministry Center.
Over the next six weeks, I will be leading sewing workshops and building a community quilt every Tuesday afternoon in their commons room. This past Tuesday we made pillow cases for resident’s apartments. In six hours, using only one sewing machine about 15 residents who had NEVER sewn before made pillow cases. It was crazy good. This week we will be exploring the wonderful world of oven mitts–a subject I know well.
Next up, Jessica and I began the process of prepping an entire bolt of Wonder Under for different community projects we are working on. We are almost done. Local Fiber artist Nancy Cook donated all of the fabric we have been using for these community engagement projects. Thank you Nancy!
Meanwhile, (I almost forgot) I was prepping 24 quilts to send to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts for the group show fiber. Whew. Got that done. I forgot to take photos, so you are just going to have trust me on that one.
I went to Modern Fabrics, a locally owned upholstery fabric store. It was amazing.
So I am making some more.
Looking back on the past two weeks, I would have to say that I have not written a blog post, because I can’t type while sleeping. Things have been just a little bit busy around here.
I have a question for you. Of all the things I shared in this Image Journal, what would you like to hear more about? Where should I start?