The end of the semester at Tyler is an explosion of installations and awesomeness. Here are my recent favorites:
Another links and nodes space-invading structure- it's very mountainous. Best of all- it's made out of rolled up paper and tape, making this a totally accessible as well as ultimately recyclable medium for use in the classroom.
Speaking of recyclables- our final project in my materials and methods was a sculptural workshop where we had to work as teams to design "Wearable Shelters" out of found materials we'd all brought in. Below is my team's model- the "Island Beauty". Her conical hat has a water collection system with a funnel and straws to pour water into removable plastic bottles. Her wrap dress can be removed, tied between 2 trees and staked down to make a lean-to tent. She has a dual use tool with a fork/spear on one side and a shovel/spatula on the other. She has protective boots to keep her feet warm and dry. Her bag has a pocket and hanging loop to hold all her tools, and her shawl could double as a mosquito net. All practical and stylish! I think my group had the most aesthetically pleasing solution.
A few fiber majors presented their BFA thesis shows in the Stella Elkins Gallery. Allison Craft's stack of embroidered-spine books was colorful. I understand she removed the covers, stitched them, then re-attached them to the books.
Each of the books said "This is the beginning". It's a fabulous phrase for an emerging fiber artist.
The piece de la resistance was Patrick Burgoyne's installation "at my expense". He created 3 pup-tent structures as well as a gigantic hive-shaped shelter all crocheted out of caution tape.
The hive had a video inside showing male deer locking antlers. It was an interesting contrast of urban/natural, safe/unsafe. I'm very excited about Burgoyne's work- I've invited him for an exhibit in the Spring!
This blog will be an effort to document my thoughts and experiences in studio work, art criticism, and community education in the areas of fibers, color theory, screenprinting, and art education. Please respect my work and link back to me if you use any images and feel free to comment. I am a fiber artist from Philadelphia, teaching at Fleisher Art Memorial, and have recently completed my Masters of Art Education at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.