Last year I was fortunate to go to the Republic of Georgia twice, working with Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, my friends and colleagues at Columbia College Chicago. In January we worked with women’s groups to make artist books from felt-a local craft heritage. In June, I returned with Melissa to work more closely with Women’s Fund in Georgia. Please join us on January 14, at 11.30 for lunch and an in depth look at craft and women’s empowerment.
Craft Power: Enhancing Women’s Rights Through The Practice of Traditional Craft, is sponsored by the Book Arts Roundtable! Reservations are necessary and will cover the cost of lunch ($20/$15 for members of the Book Arts Roundtable) Call 973-761-7151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Jan 1. Please join us!
With Melissa Potter, I am returning to the Republic of Georgia for part 2 of our Soros funded project, Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. We will be working with Women of Georgia, to create large scale felt banners with slogans that raise consciousness about women’s issues of health, economic security and well being.
This is one of the banners, being carried during the first International Women’s Day March ever held in Tbilisi, made by Melissa Potter and Ida Bakhturidze in January during our first workshops. Stay tuned, and please follow felt reports for the latest updates!
Clifton Meador, Melissa Potter and I have started a blog on Tumblr about our project in the Republic of Georgia: please follow Felt Reports! http://feltreports.tumblr.com/
Along with Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, I am off to the Republic of Georgia, for our project Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. With funding from Soros Arts and Culture Foundation, and in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Georgia, we will be running workshops to make artist books from felt based on family stories. Stay tuned! I will post as often as possible-as our internet access maybe spotty at best!