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For this newsletter, I thought I would share some of what is going on in my studio.
Above is an image of one of the triptychs from the Kalili Project, which I talked about in my previous newsletter. This one is a pivotal scene where Kalili is turned into a tree and the only thing that can save her is if her companions, Rosetta and Fireball reach into the trunk of the tree to hold hands. Unfortunately this is extremely painful for them. All the painted panels are laid out with some details still to be added.
Below you can see some of the panels in progress, with details of some of them. There are twelve triptychs in all. Each scene represents a continuation of the journey as Kalili goes about healing the overworld with the help of her two companions.
At the bottom are two preliminary attempts to recreate the panels in fiber. Seen is the central panel of the image from above of Kalili turning into a tree. And to the right is the beginnings of a stitched central panel of Kalili turning into a dragon. I am experimenting with stitching these panels now but will also try felting them in part. I am also interested in the ancient textile art of stump work, a technique where the stitched or sewn images are stuffed from behind to create a three dimensional effect.
Ancestor Doll: An ongoing project that I just finished, an ancestor doll, representing five generations of my family. I was inspired to make this doll at the one year anniversary of my father's death on June 1st. I recently looked through photos from the five generations of his family, focusing on the women. This doll represents the four generations of women who came before my dad. The felted doll represents the matriarch, Clarissa Myrick Webb.
Save these dates:
September 9, all day-I will be sharing a booth with Jackson Art Center artist Amelia Shachoyat an outdoor market in Adams Morgan. More details to follow.
September 15, all day-Textile Museum Celebration of Fibers. I will be doing a felting demonstration together with fiber artist Jill Newman. Again more details to follow.
End of November, beginning of December-exact date-TBA, JAC Fall Open Studios!
Since it is summer, I thought I would also show you some scenes from this past couple months.
Top image is of my ancestors on the shores of Lake Ontario, the same beach where my son and step mother are sitting in the beach scenes. Peter, sailing in Annapolis Harbor. My mother and law standing at the waterfront of Kingston, Ontario, where she and I and my son visited recently. Me and Peter on the C & O Canal Trail starting from Georgetown. We have been participating in the bike patrol along that trail for the past few years. A field seen along a four mile walk in the Berkshires countryside, visiting my mom. And me and my mom on this recent visit.
I've been making dolls for about ten years now. I believe that dolls serve as representations and reminders of the best part of ourselves. I am excited to share with you here my learnings about new methods and techniques for doll making and healing. So glad you are here!