Last week, less than 48 hours after I arrived home from my two-and-a-half month long journey south, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Fiber Structures class came for a studio visit.
The timing was super weird, and at first, I didn’t really know where I was going to get the energy to talk about my work for two plus hours. I was hardly present in the AK time zone, but I convinced myself to order my studio the best I could and let things fall apart or not.
About two minutes into the talk, I realized I was speaking to a group women who cared as much about thread, and cloth, and the manipulation of fiber as I do. Even under the influence of severe jet-lag it was a real pleasure.
We met last spring when we both were Passport Artists for the Alaska State Council on the Arts Conference. Susan actually made the Passport. It is beautiful.
Susan received a BFA in sculpture from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and studied bookbinding and conservation privately and at the Center for Book Arts, NYC. Susan’s C.V. more than qualifies her for the job. She has received a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship, and is in collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Fiber Structures course is a hands-on introduction to traditional fiber structures and textile processes through a contemporary lens. The students had just finished a unit on stitching, so a visit with stitcher like me was a good fit. (Hence the strange timing.)
We talked about my storage system–oh how I love organizing things. And if you like that kind of stuff you might enjoy the post I wrote about my fabric filing system, and there is this post about how my studio became a creativity oasis.
We chatted about thread.
I shared information about my journaling process and even got good feedback on how to improve on my process. For those of you out there who are using a glue stick to adhere photos to your journal pages, you might try double adhesive tape. That’s what I’m doing now. As you can tell–my journals include words, sketches, photos, even bits of fabric.
We ended the class with a long arm quilting lesson.