Trace Evidence Symposium

Saturday, March 26, 2011

This has been such a whirl wind weekend of activity. I attended the Trace Evidence Symposium at UNC in Raleigh, curated by Barbara Lee Smith. The symposium explored thoughts of how textiles serve as an accessible and suitable medium for communicating the interconnected traceries of the paths we travel. A number of layered elements comprise this event. There were several panel discussions, a keynote address called Affective Objects: The Re-invention of Craft by Dr. Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies, Victoria and Albert Museum, and a lunch address by Dr. Blanton Godfrey, Dean, NCSU College of Textiles. Panels focused on the Creative Community, Moving Into New Terrain (Panelists: Marian Bijlenga (recent work in Mali); Dorothy Caldwell (research in Canadian Arctic and Australia); Vita Plume (work in Latvia); and Gail Rieke (travels in the far east), Challenging Assumptions (Moderator: Aly Khalifa. Panelists: Cynthia Deis (Ornamentea); Andrea Donnelly (artist); Anne Porterfield (PhD. student and designer), and Artist and the Environment. Noted textile artists and College of Design faculty Susan Brandeis, Vita Plume and Jan-Ru Wan served as panelists together with artists in the Traces exhibition. In addition to the AMAZING exhibition at the Gregg Museum of Art, a number of institutions throughout the Raleigh area were hosting textile exhibitions during the symposium. We were shuttled around to the various locations. Tour stops included: College of Design, Artspace, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, College of Textiles, and Meredith College, among others. Whew! Additionally, I literally stumbled down the stairs this morning getting my coffee and twisted my ankle. So, I'm settled into my pj's, leg propped up with an ice pack, and preparing to flip through the Traces exhibition catalog. I'll be posting some images of the artists work from the show, so stay tuned.
Among my favorite talks was Challenging Assumptions: Artists Who Work Outside Traditional Materials, with panelists: Carol Ann Carter (video, found materials); Kyong Ae Cho (slices of wood, natural materials); Marc Dombrosky (found papers); Clare Verstegen (industrial felt, silk screen, wood burning tools); and Jan-Ru Wan (coffee filters, fishhooks, rusted needles).


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive. When their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us. The stream would have gone over our soul.
Blessed be the Lord who has not given us prey to their teeth, our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord who has made heaven and earth.

Currently Reading

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oh to be drifting...

On a sea of forgotten teardrops
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love
Sailing home

On a sea of old heartbreaks
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love
Sailing home

--Jimi Hendrix

Body Casting -2

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My body parts...

Body casting

Friday, March 18, 2011

We are in the trenches this weekend with Joan Michaels Paque. She's at ECU giving a two day body casting workshop and lecture on her work. I'm so excited to get my hands dirty tomorrow.

Opening Tonight in Kinston

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I have two pieces in the 30th Annual CCA National Juried Exhibition at the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC.

This exhibition features artists of all mediums from across the country. This year's juror is Harry McDaniel, a sculptor from Asheville, North Carolina. Over $1,700 in prizes, including the coveted CCA Purchase Prize will be awarded to winning artists at the exhibition's opening reception tonight - Thursday, March 17th from 6:00-8:00pm.

The show runs from March 17th through April 30th in both the Hampton and Permanent Collection Galleries.

Hope to see you there!

Community Council for the Arts • 400 North Queen Street • Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-527-2517 • Fax: 252-527-8280


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

These monks are creating a sand painting this week at ECU. Very tedious.

Jenn's Doves

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Patton's Run

Nantahala National Forest - North Carolina. 60 degrees and sunny

Old Oak Hill

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Grandmother- Lottie Casey
Great-grandmother- Lucinda Stage
Great-grandfather- Thomas Stage

Detour - Opening Tonight

Friday, March 4, 2011

If you are in Raleigh...come on by and check out my work in the Detour Exhibition.

311 Galleries and Studios
311 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601