Images depicting the installation of my artwork for the Biennale du Lin, 2017.Read More
Some of you have asked me to write a bit more about my residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
The Vermont Studio Center (VSC) is the largest international artist residency program in the USA. Each month, 50 visual artists and writers arrive in Johnson, Vt to engage in their own art making practice.
Every one works on their own. The campus studios are clustered amid buildings, stores, and homes in the quiet little town of Johnson, VT.
Applications are open year round and once every 4 months several competitive fellowship are offered.
The cost to attend is just under $4000/4 weeks. My portfolio and documentation was reviewed and I was awarded prestigeous Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship. It came with a nice stipend for materials and travel.
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by such an esteemed organization. The Fellowship was an extraordinary gift and gave me the chance to work without the daily interruptions of family life.
Walking tour (photo 1). My bedroom (photos 2 and 3).
Every artist or writer is given a private studio space, a private bedroom, and 3 communal meals a day.
When you arrive you're given a brief tour of the campus and the keys to your rooms and with a smile from your tour guide, you are left to sort out your time on your own terms. No one checks in on you but everyone is supportive and you may engage or disengage with others as you please.
I was given a studio space in the Shultz Sculpture building.
Ah! a room of my own. This is what the studio looked like on the first evening. E
Empty and full of potential.
My daily ritual was to make a pot of tea, listen to music, and draw on a roll of black paper with silver marker. It was a way to loosen up my mind and get into my larger work. I stapled a drawing to the wall next to my sewing machine each day, as a calendar of sorts.
View outside the window in the studio.
this is a snap shot of Caroline Halliday and her studio across the hall from me. She and I became buddies and found that we shared common interests in many things we drove up to Montreal one Saturday morning for a fabulous brunch.
The VSC invites several professional working artists and writers to visit, give lectures, and provide private studio visits to the residents.
I had two deeply important studio visits. The first from artist Nene Humphrey wherein she and I easily connected and we were able to talk about my work. The second was equally important to me from painter John O'Conner.
This is a panorama of my studio towards the end of my residency.
My experience as being part of an international community of artists in Johnson, VT was stellar. The daily back-and-forth discussions over lunch, dinner and in our studios late at night created tight and ongoing trusted relationships. This was truly a rare and special moment in time for me.
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Thank you for visiting, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.
All at once, fall is upon me.
Last weekend, my sisters and a few adult nieces and I spent a long weekend at a lodge/cabin in Southern Ohio. It was grand.
And days before that weekend, Claire Wellesley-Smith's book, Slow Stitch, arrived at my door.
I adore this book and not just because she included one of my works.
She has written a book that I wish I did.
and it is Good.
A few weeks before that I drove up to Michigan to install Timelines at Work Gallery.
My good friend Jennifer Coyne Qudeen was there last weekend and wrote a nice blogpost with much better photographs including a few with her sweet girls walking through the artwork. See here.
Today, I installed 5 long drawings. Each drawing is 100 feet long and about 18" wide. This is for a one day event to activate the abandoned storefronts in Lorain, Ohio. The event is called Fire Fish Festival 2015. I'm please to be able to contribute my work to this event. It was strange to be on a street with all these old buildings built in the 1800's and now, it's a ghost town.
Let's hope the tide will turn for Lorain, Ohio.
Red Time, Christine Mauersberger, 2015. approximately, 14 feet high x 90 inches wide. White kraft paper, red marker.
And now at this late hour of the day
I prepare to drive to Johnson, Vermont in the morning to the Vermont Studio Center where will be for a few weeks to make new work.
I have been awarded a Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship to attend the Center.
Recipe for a stitching weekend: Add 4 friends + 1. Gather in a 1700's farm house near the dormant winter orchards. Settle in, make good food, dye some fabric, stuff some in a jar. Watch the neighbors snowshoe over to sweep off the path for us. Enjoy productive days, and wine-filled evenings stitching with no other distractions and make art a practice.