Although I’ve made art since childhood, it’s only been in the past couple years that I have taken the opportunity to be an artist full time. I know from my own recent experiences the challenges of declaring oneself as an artist. To put work out there. To ask for feedback. To risk rejection. To know how to take work to the next level. To show work and have it recognized. To create a community that nurtures and supports art making and the vision of an artist.
I would like very much to contribute my knowledge and talents to a protege in a WARM intensive—3 to 6 months. I am offering some unique skills as well as life experiences in the inviting, supportive, and nonjudgemental space of my home studio and dyer’s garden. Together we can:
- Dialogue about art making, social values, and social practice in art
- Try techniques including creating cyanotypes and image transfer with your photos/images
- Eco-dye and print with natural dyes on fabric and/or paper
- Rust print
- Explore ways to integrate the results of techniques that enhance your art into your practice
- Build a series around images you’ve created
Skills and experiences I have to offer:
Incorporating photographs (color, sepia, cyanotype), eco-dyes/eco-prints, rust-printing, etc. into mixed media/fiber art. Creating cyanotypes from photographs (sensitizing fabric, preparing negatives, printing).
Eco-dyeing, eco-printing (fabric and paper), and rust-printing. Creating your own dyer’s garden. Recycling/ repurposing. Using images you love to create a series. Integrating social action/storytelling into your art.
Living in this politically challenging world, I am an artist, activist, and visual storyteller who is motivated to create fiber art/mixed-media that reminds viewers to use our collective talents to conserve and renew the planet for our children and grandchildren.
My work is fueled by a long life of diverse experiences. Growing up on the South Dakota prairies, I learned to value the land and how my elders tended it. Living through the 60’s in a liberal urban area, my views about war and peace were challenged. During 25 years of working cross-culturally, especially the ten working with the Confederation of Somali Community and its East African Women’s Center, I saw through the eyes of refugee women what catastrophic affects war have on families all around the world. And experiencing and surviving stage 3 breast cancer taught me to appreciate life and live each day fully.
To reinforce my visual stories, many of the techniques I use in my work are old and many of the materials recycled/repurposed. Natural dyes from plant material from my wild flower garden, rust-printing, beading, and hand stitching are combined with original photographs printed with the iron-based cyanotype process.