I seem to have shouted the news everywhere but here… on the one place that is SPECIFICALLY FOR SHARING NEWS.
I am moving to Houston to be an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Here is an overview of the program from the HCCC’s website:
“The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work. Interacting with the resident artists is a great way to learn about a range of craft processes and techniques. In turn, the artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the Houston community, and help educate the public about craft.”
I found out about my acceptance back in the spring, and have put myself through a long, slow, and somewhat torturous process of acclimating myself to the move. Now I feel as though I am more than ready to go… just sitting on my hands. Part of that process was making this Asheville Necklace. It’s an homage to the place I’ve lived for the last four years-longer than anywhere I’ve settled since childhood. Being the gorgeous, clean, tourist town that it is, Asheville seems to have shed itself of its powerlines, and it’s far too mountainous to have a good central train track. What’s a girl obsessed with urban infrastructure to do? Start making lamp posts, of course!
This necklace depicts the architecture on Wall Street, a cobblestone avenue in the middle of town, facing East. Those Ashevillans among you may recognize the opposite side of the building best known for hosting the Wig Shop in the middle, the flat iron building on the left, and our beloved Early Girl Eatery on the right.
And here is a slideshow of my process, as documented on instagram:
I now find myself in a raising of funds situation for the big move. I have a project that I’m very proud of in the works for that, to be revealed in the next week or two… but I’m a sucker so here’s a preview: