Hello from the mountains of North Carolina!
I’ve been awarded a one-month artist residency at Jentel in Wyoming. My goal for this residency is to merge my bookbinding and mixed media work, by creating one-of-a-kind artist's books incorporating print processes, mark making, sewing, and collage.
I am seeking support through this Kickstarter campaign to help with the cost of travel. Fortunately, I will receive a weekly stipend during my residency that will cover the cost of food. However, flights from Charlotte, NC to Sheridan, WY are not cheap; it will cost me around $600 to get there and I need your help!
If I get support beyond my goal amount I will use those funds to purchase art materials and to help with the cost of shipping before and after the residency.
To show my appreciation for your support, I want to share a piece of my experience with you. You can read more about these rewards on the right side of your screen.
This opportunity will provide the time, space, and support to reinvigorate my work and goals. While I can't predict all the outcomes of this adventure, I am excited by the possibilities, and look forward to sharing my experience with you!
If you’d like to learn more about me, please visit my blog, Millions of People Happy. Thank you for your time, and I hope you will consider supporting my project.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. You can learn more about this amazing place from their website.
During my time at Jentel, I plan to work within self-imposed limitations with regard to materials, and pay special attention to structuring, recording, examining, and ignoring my time. Specific plans for my residency include the following:
- Use a litho press to print monotypes and pronto plates. The resulting imagery will then become elements of one-of-a-kind artist books.
- Maintain a daily drawing project while in residence.
- Devote some time each day to writing, blogging, and furthering professional concerns.
- Continue making blank books and journals.
- Hopefully send handmade postcards all over the country!
My intention is that my works on paper, installations, and objects will cause the viewer to have an experience beyond simply looking, and rather one of exploration, wondering and remembering. The book format lends itself well to this idea. It takes time to look through a book, and there is an inherent sense of intimacy created by handling and examining a book. Having a book in hand creates a smaller place, or experience within a larger one.
My working methods are closely entwined with the content of my art. My approach to art making is more cyclical than linear, so the lines that separate “old,” “recent,” or “finished” work are often blurred or overlapping. In this regard, I see much of my work as an ever-evolving archive that can be presented in numerous manifestations.
Many of my processes are labor-intensive and about focus and detail, but the repetitious acts of printing, mark making, and sewing facilitate a kind of meditative daydreaming. I hope for my work to reflect how the mind functions: containing traceable, specific connections to objects, patterns, colors, or experiences, as well as a degree of invention according to personal idiosyncrasies or aesthetic attraction.
Risks and challenges
I am willingly spending a winter month in a very isolated place, and planning on occupying much of my time with quiet, solitary work. Even to me, this sounds a bit like a recipe for cabin fever, but I expect to overcome this challenge and find focus and clarity through the experience. I feel that sharing my adventure, (by blogging and sending/receiving mail) will help keep me from getting the blues.
I spent a month last winter working in the printmaking studio at the Penland School of Crafts. Although that experience was different in many ways than Jentel, (I was in familiar territory, had studio mates, ate and slept at home with my kitty, etc.) I feel the positivity of that experience and its outcomes are comparable to what I will achieve at Jentel.
If you’d like to read about and see pictures of what I was up to last winter, click below to visit my blog: http://millionsofpeoplehappy.blogspot.com/2012/02/is-temporariness-word.htmlLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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