Craft Power! at the Baird Center, South Orange NJ Jan 14

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 bookartsroundtable@gmail.com before Jan 1. Please join us!

Craft Power in South Orange

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Childfree: Conversations About Choice, Circumstance, and Ambivalence

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I hope you can join me as I will be presenting my work on Childfree: Conversations About Choice, Circumstance, and Ambivalence,a panel at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall on THURS Dec. 5 | 6-8 PM

Jane Addams-Hull Houses
800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL

Reserve a free spot here: http://childfree.eventbrite.com

Organized by Kirstin De Mello

+Carrie Ruckel, moderator and filmmaker, creator of the short film “This is not a feminist theory about motherhood”
+Nannette Banks, Reverend and coordinator at McCormick Theological Seminary
+Gloria Bowman, writer and author of Human Slices, a love story about the choice to be childfree
+Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Asst. Prof. in Gender & Women’s Studies at UIC and editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (2013).
+Miriam Schaer, artist and professor at Columbia College, recent work includes Baby (Not) on Board:  The Last Prejudice?
+Edra Soto, artist and creator of The Franklin exhibit space

Wyoming Bound!

I will be in Wyoming next week for my exhibition Baby (not) on Board at Western Wyoming Community College, in Rock Springs. I’ll be working with students and others in the community. It’s going to be really exciting to see this new work up in one space-for the first time! And, there has been some interest in the local press

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Laura Fattal’s Article/Interview with Miriam Schaer now on-line!

Dr. Laura Fattal, (Wm Patterson University) has written a wonderful article about my work for Journal of Art for Life is now available on line. You can download a copy here. The print journal will be available out in Spring 2014josephus2-d

What’s Your Baby? Essay by Jessica Cochran

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I am honored that curator Jessica Cochran wrote a beautiful essay about my installation, What’s Your Baby? at the Fountains Foundation 916. You can download a copy here.The exhibition will be up for a few more weeks

What’s Your Baby?, is also an interactive blog about childlessness and women without children. Please share your baby with us!

The Presence of Their Absence: The Portraits

A new portfolio of photographic work, The Presence of Their Absence: The Portraits will be added to my website soon. Building on Baby (Not) On Board: The Final Prejudice? hyper-realistic dolls and mannequins were baby dresses and rompers embroidered with critical quotes said to women with out children, that seem to criticize their own existence.

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at Center for Book Arts in New York

My artist book, Witness, is included in Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. The exhibition will be at 5 different locations in Manhattan, including the Center for Book Arts. Organized by Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman, the shows will be up thru late September 2013.

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The Center for Book Arts Exhibit - Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

What’s Your Baby? at the Fountains Foundation 916

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What’s Your Baby? is on view at the Fountains Foundation 916, 916 S Wabash, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL, through the end of the summer. There is a box for those who wish to share ‘their baby’: their dreams and desires. For those not in Chicago, please submit your ‘baby’ here.

Photo: Leo Selvaggio

Back to Georgia

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 being602833_493743833995491_1661185002_n.

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!