Louisiana native and Tallahassee based textile artist, Gaelin Craighead has been chosen to participate in an international artist residency program in Oaxaca, Mexico during the summer of 2016. This month long residency includes private studio space for one month as well as instruction from a master weaver for three weeks. Gaelin hopes to not only master the techniques of back strap weaving, but also to create a series of weavings that document her time in Oaxaca. She will be immersing herself in the culture and tradition of her craft. Weaving is an art form that is rooted in tradition and community, and Gaelin is looking forward to studying her craft in such a traditional setting. Gaelin plans on sourcing her materials from Oaxaca for her weavings and to get to know the local craftspersons as much as possible. After her return to the U.S., Craighead will seek out an exhibition space to display the work created during her time in Oaxaca.
Gaelin's website www.gaelin-craighead.com
Artist Residency website http://www.arquetopia.org
Risks and challenges
I am so insanely excited for this opportunity to study my craft. But reasonably so, the amount of funding I need for this project is daunting. Your generous financial support will go towards the residency fee as well as flight costs.
I am so grateful for the chance of this residency experience and your support means the world to me. Every word of encouragement and dollar that you pledge matters and will help me reach my goal.
Going to Mexico for a month long artist residency seems like a fantasy now, but I know that all of you can help me make my dreams a reality. I am looking forward to making artwork for all of you, so that you can have a piece of what I love so dearly.
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