Thanks to the Robyn and John Horn Scholarship at Penland School of Craft; I was able to study with the inimitable Celia Pym in the summer of 2019.
This is a collection of my handwerk from the two-week session June 23 - July 5th, 2019.
The instruction focused on woven darning which can be used to repair knit garments and cotton woven items (like my vintage tablecloths).
Beyond the academic and tactile instruction for repair, came also a layer of storytelling, identity, and relational processing I had failed to expect. Mending garments, for others, includes not only handwerk repair, yet also an internal/external processing of emotions, interactions, regret, hope, and care.
Studio Assist (2018)
After learning screenprinting and surface design with Tim Eads in the Summer of 2017; I had the immense joy and honor to return to Penland School of Craft (for an 8-week session in Fall 2018) as STUDIO ASSISTant to Tim Eads.
After the class built an 8-yard print table in lower textiles, we practiced printing 4-way repeats on the 24 foot expanse.
My fabric yardarge found its way primarily into garments including the Rainbow-Unicorn Jumpsuit, and Mel’s Hand-Ladder Dress.
Also as a first for Penland School of Craft; the 8-week session studio assistants (instigated by and with solid assist from Drawing and Painting Instructor Tonya Lee and Surface Design Instructor Tim Eads) organized and installed their own show titled 10/10 (ten out of ten).
Year of Creative Practice (2018)
Artistic Practice. Practicing being artistic, practicing being creative. Giving time to that idea.
In 2017, I entered a t-shirt design into a contest from Gem City Market — a community led cooperative building a new construction grocery store in an area of Dayton that has very little access to fresh and healthy foods.
A panel of judges chose my design to be printed on 500 shirts and the experience of meeting other cooperative members wearing our shirts showing we both believe in and support this community movement toward food equity — I had to do more.
I dedicated a YEAR OF CREATIVE PRACTICE to the cooperative immersing myself in every opportunity to engage and add my skills, talents and energies to an existing effort.
Morning Practice (2017)
In 2017 I wanted to break the unconscious habit of looking at a screen first thing in the morning and starting my morning in a state of reactive droning. Enter MORNING PRACTICE.
I converted a corner of my sewing studio into a paper-lover’s workspace and practiced among other things: brush lettering; stamp carving; painting 3x5” cards with color; animation; and time-lapse videography on a micro-scale.
Below is a small collection of videos from that time.
Morning Practice Painting Cards
Morning Practice Embossing powder with a hand carved stamp
Brush Lettering Calligraphy Word of the Day
Starts with E ends with asperate.
Letter D Brush Lettering
Sideways Brushlettering Word of the Day Desire
Penmanship Zebra super fine brush pen
Brush Lettering Good Morning Practice
Brush Lettering Word of the Day Habit
Weekly Specials: Chalk Lettering
In June 2017, and for about 14 months thereafter, I started chalk lettering at the downtown Dayton restaurant Table 33. Every Friday I would arrive and create between 1 and 3 new chalkboard designs highlighting the weekly specials created by their chef, and baker.
The relationship was a self-directed work-exchange as every Friday I would also order and receive the breakfast/meal of my choice in exchange for my handwerk.
I like to approach a blank canvas and relax my gaze at it until a color pops into my mind. That is where all of my paintings start: in the moment of color inspiration. From there, the painting is like capturing a conversation the colors are chattering away.
My abstract paintings unfold and materialize within the act of creating them. The canvases are worked in various stages of wet and dry and are physically rotated on the easel throughout their creation sometimes never settling on a “right-way-up.”
↑ Brain Cloud No. 39 // Available // 20x24”
↑ Brain Cloud Mermaid No. 15 // Available // 24x24”
↑ Misfit Saintly No. 11 // Available locally // 24x36”