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Three for a Wedding finished, and embarking on the last workshop long haul

Three for a Wedding from the Counted Crows series is finished! Here are some rough photos – I plan on taking the “real” photos later for exhibition/workshop proposals (of course, the clear push pins aren’t part of the piece). The piece also has a bit of a hipster reference to a song by the band [...]

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When it rains!

After a little dry spell, things are picking up! Just got back from the Americans for the Arts conference in Philly, and en route, when to NYC to the Garment District (tried, with my best effort, to be good!) and bought some great black trims I’ve been using to frame my pieces and some different [...]

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Migrating Magpie

So my move from countie to townie is pretty much complete, and the studio arrangement is working out – watch for photos soon! Since I have the run of the place to myself for now, the downstairs studio is a fascist state of “materials that only have to do with current projects” – with all [...]

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Judy Baca visit to MSU and workshop update

April is its normal nuttiness, but with lots of good stuff happening! First, the Judy Baca workshop and lecture on April 8 was totally amazing. This is why I adore my job @ MSU. Meeting and working with her (the artist responsible for The Great Wall of Los Angeles and the organization SPARC – Social [...]

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FINALLY!

Some good news!!! After getting two show rejectinos (I misspelled that the first time, but figured it’s more fun to say it that way), the Craft Alliance in St. Louis contacted me to do a workshop this summer or fall. Which is awesome, since I wanted to teach there, and with moving to a new [...]

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Workshops and Exhibitions Upcoming

This spring/summer is bringing in more exhibitions/workshops than I expected, which is great news in the experiences/finances arena! The workshop at the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh PA went very well, thanks in a large part to their Education Programs Manager, Laura Rundell. There’s talk of bringing me in Spring 2009 to do a [...]

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Kentucky Foundation for Women workshop in Morehead!

The Kentucky Foundation For Women has been extremely generous to me through both their Art Meets Activism and Artist Enrichment grants, and Kentucky is very fortunate to have a grant-giving non-profit focusing on the promotion of female/feminist work. And, they have asked me to be one of several presenters representing “feminist” artists. Which I am. [...]

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Working on the next crow piece . . .

Now that the holiday excitement is over, I’m able to get moving on the next piece in the Counted Crows series – Three for a Wedding. The piece is also inspired by a line in an Arcade Fire song (“a house on fire, a rising sea). Actually, I’ve gotten more work done on it since [...]

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Joe Sartor painting is MINE!

Finally, finally got around to getting a fabulous painting by Joe Sartor, Morehead surrealist (as I like to refer to him!) Here’s his web site: http://sartor.myexpose.com Here’s one of his amazing paintings…….

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New Crow Images – Decent Ones – and workshop updates

Now that the holiday festivities are over, down to brass tacks . . . Finally took decent photographs of the two new crow pieces: There’s a serious probability that the workshop on Fiber Valentines @ the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh PA scheduled for Saturday Feb 2 may actually MAKE! Whoo! We’ll see . [...]

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Proof that if you harass people long enough

You will eventually get your way! So I got the happy surprise today of receiving notification that I got into Woman Made Gallery’s 11th Annual International Open. Mind you, I’ve been rejected from Woman Made like THREE TIMES or something, so this comes with a special spike of sweetness. I was telling people I was [...]

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Two (horribly photographed) Images of New Crow Pieces!

Three quick photos of the recently completed Crow pieces. Seven for a Secret Never Told (from the “Counted Crows” Series), 2007, approx. 28 x 20″, Embellished textile assemblage Four for a Birth (from the “Counted Crows” Series), 2007, approx. 8 x 5″, Embellished textile assemblage Here’s the poem that is the basis for the series….Counting [...]

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Happy Day!

1) The MSU Art Faculty Exhibition is up and the associated programming (reception and faculty forum) is DONE!!! 2) Got a letter from the Dairy Barn in Athens OH that two pieces of mine (see below) were accepted out of 220 entries for their OHIO+5 exhibition! It’s nice to know I’ll be in an exhibition [...]

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Update —-

So getting the faculty art exhibition up this week has consumed most of my time, plus we’ve received nearly 100 entries for the exhibition “Self-Evident: Contemporary American Self-Portraiture”, which we are trying to organize even prior to the November 19 postmarked deadline. This year with the faculty exhibition, we’re doing something new – everyone has [...]

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Gettin’ beady wit’ it

As the faculty show nears, and one of my pieces (Seven for a Secret Never Told (Counted Crows series) I intended to exhibit in it remains incomplete, I have been spending all extra moments in my studio (aka, the sweatshop). Here’s updated images with details re: the piece: It’s taken some time to get itself [...]

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Good news from the fine people @ Art St. Louis

This is the second time I’ve participated in Fiber Focus, an exhibition Art St. Louis sponsors in tandem with Innovations in Textiles, a city-wide event with exhibitions and workshops (visit: http://www.craftalliance.org/exhibits/it/IT7.htm for more information). Well, there was the happy surprise of a Merit Award check in my PO Box yesterday (Quilting Category) for this piece……… [...]

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What’s up wit’ da art, the gallery, & MSU art events

This is me about a month ago in Florence from the Duomo – you can climb to the top (450+ steps) and see a perfect 360 of the city. Florence and Vienna were my favorite parts of the trip. Seeing the Pantheon in Rome was no small shakes either! I will be sporadically throwing up [...]

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Just when I thought I was out….

They pull me back in! (my apologies to the Godfather) Yep, I’m back in the country, a few pounds heavier from vino rosso and very good bread. School is about to start, and I am about to finish the second crow piece and start the big one soon. The Kentucky Arts Council funded a small [...]

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yay, yay, yay!!!!

The Kentucky Art Council called me today to tell me I am a recipient of their Al Smith Fellowship!!!! It’s a fellowship to support an artist’s work, and the award is based primarily on artistic merit. I cannot believe it, really. Ask my friend and colleague Lisa, who upon querying last Friday re: the notification [...]

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One new finished piece, mock-up for current work in new series

As aforementioned, here’s an image of the piece finished while up @ Miami U . . . Jennifer A. ReisActs of Contrition, 20076 x 4″, hand-worked embellished textile assemblage and a mock-up of the next big piece, also from the new series . . . The piece is tentatively titled “Who Knows How To Be”. [...]

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Back from CraftSummer @ MU!

Just got back from CraftSummer 2007 @ MU, and had a blast as per usual. The folks there (Ron, Geoff, and Joyce, + the studio assistants) make the whole experience great. Most of all, the students are fantastic. Is it wrong to have the ulterior motive of poaching friends from these workshop classes? And, I [...]

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new small piece

New small piece using the same applique as the Lark Books piece…. It’s gone now, a trade for a leather bag made by artist friends Juliette Montague and Greg Stange of Worthington, Ohio. I’m starting a new series of pieces with crows in them – this is the smallest of three pieces in process…… Otherwise, [...]

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Lark Books piece FINISHED!!!!

Unless they don’t like the abstracted naked lady, in that case I’ll be in the studio swapping out with a more benign object d’art.

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Another thing . . .

I decided to make a piece for me – doubt I will exhibit this, or at least ship it out to a show. It’s assemblage with a rabbit my grandfather made me when I was little, a small textile piece with a doll (purchased in WV), and collage/paint & some flowers from the “Stations of [...]

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