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!
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
+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
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
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 2014
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.
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.
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.
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!