The important thing about "In Place" was not the crude stitching binding leaves and grasses to the pages of my journal, but the discoveries made when I sat still long enough "in place" to really take in my environment and record what's important to me.edit.
What a fantastic week exploring the natural landscape of rural Ohio in a workshop with Dorothy Caldwell, internationally acclaimed textile artist. Caldwell, from Canada, was a visiting instructor at the Nancy Crow Timber Frame Barn. Our group included artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad.
When each of the workshop participants arrived in Ohio for "In Place" with Dorothy Caldwell, we brought along a cup of dirt from our own environments. These were spilled into 19 little piles on a long table, forming a painter's palette of ochre, grey, tans, rusts and blacks.
I am in Ohio this week, starting an art-making adventure with my fellow artist and sister, Sharon Casey.
We are traveling to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, where Sharon will be taking an advanced quilt-technique workshop from her mentor Nancy Crow. Meanwhile, I will be in Dorothy Caldwell's workshop called "In Place: Observing... Recording... Making."
In preparation for my workshop, I was instructed to bring elements from my environment. My suitcase is chock-full of "weeds" from the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, which is basically my backyard, and sand/dirt from the beach in front of my home. I can only imagine what the airport bag-checkers must be thinking about the crazy lady with plastic bags full of weeds and sand in her suitcase!
Enroute to the workshop location, we will be visiting some museums today. It's such fun to experience this adventure with my sister. We share a love of art and learning that is so exciting to me.
Here's an abbreviated description of my workshop, below. (No clay is involved. Yikes!)
Observing... We'll be spending much of the time outside experiencing place through collecting, walking, mapping, sitting, listening, and touching.
Recording ... We will examine how as artists we collect and record information that builds a base for studio work. Small handmade journals will be constructed and used for recording.
Making.....Back in the studio, these experiences, recordings, and collections will be translated onto cloth and paper through stitching, rubbings, dyeing, stencils and other methods.
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