This winter I fell into living in the country with ease. All the the things I thought I'd pine for were less important then expected. There is no fancy coffee unless I drive over an hour to Nashville and the grocery store is 30 minutes each way with a limited selection at best. But I'm happy here and my house feels more like home than ever. My only other qualm with my rural lifestyle is the challenge to find fluid income. I am putting out into the universe that I am looking for (freelance) work, things I can do from here or there, I'm open to travel and discussing projects. If something comes to mind or you'd like to suggest my name for a project I'd be much obliged. I have to constantly remind myself that it doesn't hurt to ask or let people know what you need.....
Spring has arrived with an explosion of every possible green, snakes, bugs and a full calendar. I'm finding myself booked with a lot of travel in the next few months. A hazy reminder of what my hectic life used to look like, but nothing in comparison. I just returned home from a trip East for the opening of CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community. My first museum exhibit I've curated which will run through July 10th at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA. While in the area I was also able to visit the Boston Center for the Arts to check out the inspiring and wonderfully put together Queer Threads exhibit, also up through July if you find yourself in the area.
Featured artists: clockwise Xander Marro (paper mask), Tracy Bull (feathers), Betsy Greer (affirmation project)
That trip was the kick-off to a busy string of events over the next few months. I'm gearing up for meeting a lot of new folks, running into old friends and feeling very open and ready to be inspired by what is in the future. I'll be heading out next week for a month at Black Mountain School in NC. I will be the staff documentarian, capturing in photographs what unfolds there. Myself, along with so many other amazing folks on staff and faculty are all donating our time to this project. You can read about it in Art in America. Come July I'm off to Maine where I'll be speaking at the Summer conference at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, then straight to my summer artist residency at ACRE in rural Wisconsin where I will be focusing on a few small projects I'm excited to share sooner than later.
May-July: CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Movement, Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA
May-June: Black Mountain School, Black Mountain NC
June: Idapalooza, TN
July: Workshop leader, Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials, and Creative Process at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
July: ACRE residency, Steuben WI