Spring and Creating Opportunities

Well hello there. It has been awhile which really needs no explanation. We all know what this past year has been. And yet I have renewed energy as the sun begins to return.

After engaging in the Artist Residency in Motherhood and completely steeping myself in the online community I want to bring this energy to my locality in a concrete and physical way.

I am working toward this goal by developing a childcare supported art studio and gallery focused on sustainability in the arts. Offering onsite childcare is social sustainability – it provides equitable access to a population often overlooked in the infrastructure of the art world.

You can follow this project @surface.community on Instagram and support its development on IFundWomen.

06/05/2020

I spent this week feeling rather helpless, scrolling through Instagram, taking in everyone’s advice for what to do in the face of racial injustice. I tried to be a good ally by following these recommendations but the tornado of voices was overwhelming. My goal moving forward is to be a voice when the tornado has ceased. My goal is the longevity of this action.

Today is Breonna Taylor’s birthday and Cate Young @battymamzelle has made a call to action in honor of her. Find it HERE.

In the studio this week I created static drawings, copies of the insides of privacy envelopes, in carbon ink. To me this imagery and medium illustrate the times we are living in.

05/22/2020

Weekly Residency Check-In

To be honest, less Art was made this week than in previous weeks. My pace is slowing down as I begin to imagine our life moving forward and prepare mentally for more change.

—hold on while I pick up the bag of chocolate chips I spilled on the floor…

Okay, back… Yesterday a friend called to see if I could go on a walk, a 6 hour hike up a butte to be exact, in the middle of the day. I said yes because this sounded nice in theory but as soon as I hung up the phone my anxiety peaked and I think I came as close as I’ve ever been to a full blown anxiety attack. New habits have been formed and those habits are SEDENTARY for goodness sake! Well we made it and I can barely walk but a lesson was learned. Ease into spontaneity, ease into movement but do it nonetheless.

Aeon and I photographed each other obscured by our art projects this morning.

The shroud is coming along. When this knitting is as tall as me I will scrub the floor with it leaving a ghostly image of my body- hands and knees.

Aeon and I collaborated on public art displayed at our home.

In other news we got a new vacuum and it is the delight of the household. Aeon says…

“Mom, the vacuum sounds like people singing church songs while a fire alarm goes off!”

05/15/2020

This week in the Artist Residency in Motherhood I have been working with nets, making and sculpting with paper and feeling generally directionless.

My county is moving into Phase I of reopening the economy today. This brings the same level of uncertainty to my mind as the closing of schools did in March. I was privileged to have appreciated being paused. Now I am trying to remember what I was doing before March 16th and possibly reevaluating those goals.

But with certainty I can say, until my daughter returns to school I will be here full time mothering and making art.

From the Residency Studio this week…

WIP, homemade copper ink on paper

WIP, mud dyed yarn net as a cobweb in the kitchen

Experimenting with ways to display my foraged clay vessels.

Paper bead experiment. With dryer lint, studio paper scraps and my mothers t-shirts.

Paper making process

Studio Assistant

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04/24/2020

Weekly ARIM Check-In

Paper Works in Progress

My creative energy is bubbling over but at the end of the day I feel like the little girl on the stool above.

Knitting Progress

With Child

We are also making a weekly video tutorial about handmade and recycled art supplies! Visit our Creative Kids page to see the handmade charcoal we made last week and check back on Monday when we teach you how to turn it into ink!

Studio Mates

My studio- the only place safe from cats.

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I will email you the new video every Monday!

04/17/2020

Weekly Ritual Progress Report and Redirection

Today is the end of the third week of my Artist Residency in Motherhood. A good time to reflect and redirect.

Reflections

Back in my second blog post, Letting Go, I talked about my struggle in collaborations between myself, a controlling Artist Mama, and a Defiant Daughter. I concluded…

“I need to balance maintaining control in the small moments available to me and letting go of control when I am with my daughter.”

In this time with my daughter I have noticed that she really enjoys the performative games we invent together. This is where Art and Play meet.

See post 04/08/2020, 04/14/2020 and our video tutorial series CREATIVE KIDS for examples.

We have also worked on other projects that have not been shared including building sculptures in our front yard on a busy street with items from inside our home. Will post pictures soon!

These are my moments of letting go- I am not naturally a very playful person.


I am maintaining control in the small moments through a stitch diary, handmade paper and meticulous grids. In these activities I am working with the debris of the domestic.

Redirection

I am paring down my rituals and focusing on what my daughter and I really enjoy.

When I am with my daughter we will continue our mapping and sculpture games as well as invent more games and new ways of interacting with each other and the world around us.

When I have alone time I will be focusing on my stitch journal featuring hand dyed cloth and thread and depicting domestic movements. I will also start work on a larger Body of Work piece involving mud dyeing, knitting and scrubbing. The third and final focus will be on small works on paper- grids and dryer lint paper- that I will be posting for sale soon!

Now that is a lot to do! So I am paring down my residency blog to just once per week on Fridays.

Progress

This week I have experimented with embedding objects and adding stitching to dryer lint paper.

I also added to my stitch journal.

04/15/2020

I need to start a garden.

We had a rough day yesterday. We may be contracting cabin fever.

I miss conversations with strangers.


Enjoy the wonderful poetry of Haley Heynderickx who frantically repeats “I need to start a garden” near the end of this song.

I’ve been listening to her album, I Need to Start a Garden, while I mill about the studio as of late.

Is it a human thing, a mother thing or a me thing that bringing forth life makes everything OK?


04/14/2020

“Take Me to Kentucky”

is what my daughter calls a game where I wrap her up in one of our family quilts and bring her somewhere else in the house.

I have no idea where the name came from. She invented this game years ago.

With enthusiastic permission from the kid I have expanded the game board to a three block radius from our home.

How the game is played:

1. Overlay map of world onto map of neighborhood.

2. Gather quilts and discard self-consciousness.

3. Child points to place on map they would like to travel to.

4. Adult wraps child in quilt.

5. Adult carries child wrapped in quilt to desired location.

6. Child unwraps self and explores new surroundings. (Optional- I set my child down and run away.)

In silliness we are mapping the domestic and the global. Expanding and contracting our world.

04/10/2020

Weekly Ritual Progress Report

Dryer Lint Ritual

I vow from here on out I will make dryer lint paper every time I use my dryer. It reminds me to take out the lint, which I always forget, and will prevent me from ever running out of paper.

In the video I am adding art paper scraps to give the paper more structure. These scraps have some mineral pigment tests on them and I am curious if I will be able to tell in the finished paper.

Color with Me Ritual

Testing every crayon in the box every day of the quarantine.

Breathing Check Ritual

Apparently she is a light sleeper. She moves every minute or so when I’m drawing her. Although it may be because I am awkwardly squeezed between her ceiling and a squeaky bunk bed.

Knitting/Scrubbing Ritual

Knitting used to scrub the kitchen floor, as it looks in the morning light where it hangs in my studio window.

My pile of used pieces is larger than my pile of pieces waiting to be scrubbed with. Must get knitting!