2015

Flying Solo at Nashville International Airport by Shana Kohnstamm

FlyingSoloInviteFlyingSoloInvite2 You must RSVP to this show at BNA (Nashville International Airport) but if you've never been to one of these openings I highly recommend it. Being at the airport without the anxiety of switched gates, delayed flights and lugging baggage is an experience unlike any other. My work will be in a Greeter Case on the A/B side for 3 months so look for it if you're welcoming visitors to Nashville.

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*Note to long-time readers: I've relabeled the section heading on my website from "Blog" to "News". If you're reading via an RSS feed this won't affect you at all, however the frequency and tone of my updates will (and truthfully, already has) changed. Since starting a morning writing practice over 6 months ago, blogging no longer serves my needs.

I will continue to update, of course. It's been an incredible year and I look forward to sharing it with you on whichever platform you use.

Fiber Art Now article by Shana Kohnstamm

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The Fall issue of Fiber Art Now is heading to mailboxes all over the world and soon to bookstores and independent retailers. It's been a desire/goal/dream of mine to be featured in FAN and now that it's a reality, I am overwhelmed with a range of emotions: excitement, embarassment, nervousness, pride. Putting the magazine in the hands of my 93 year old grandmother was the ultimate joy. If you were a reader this time last year, you may remember that I did not believe she would survive after a spinal injury left her drug addled and unable to use the lower half of her body. Her recovery of body and spirit has been awe inspiring. 

   The essay itself is written by me, as part of the "In Their Own Words" series. It's unnerving to know that my words are out there. At the same time, I feel confirmed that I am on the right path...making good decisions, saying "Yes, I can do that" and "No thank you" at the appropriate times to the correct opportunities. 

Touched is taking up all of my mental energy, even in dreams. The artwork that has already arrived for the exhibit is gorgeous beyond my expectations and it fuels me to push on. Two week until installation begins! Until then, I will attempt at making my own work again. It's been too long since I allowed myself to play. 

Getting Touched by Shana Kohnstamm

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Hello patient people. A couple of months ago I started journaling in the hazy post-sleep-pre-caffienated minutes of the morning. It's an exercise in focus, not necessarily one to generate any astute writing (it's hardly creative.. terribly terribly boring, actually.) Having this tiny paper & pen ritual where none of my thoughts are broadcast is quite soothing. The surprising benefit is that my handwriting has improved slightly. The surprising disadvantage is that I feel very little desire to blog. So much so, it rarely occurs to me as a "thing to do"!

So, without an ironic smirk, I am blogging because I have something to share! And it is this: Touched.  My pet project is coming along swimmingly and it's hard for me to talk about anything else these days. In a mere 12 weeks, I hope to be installing this show at Ground Floor Gallery and dearsweetbuddha let me have some hair left on my head when I do. The anxiety I feel about pulling this all off is relatively small compared to the sheer excitement of seeing the works of my peers and colleagues in person.

The images and words that are pouring in from the carefully selected artists are stupefyingly gorgeous... they are making me look like a genius for pulling them all together, and for that I am most humbled and grateful.

Art of the South 2015 & Nashville Collage Collective by Shana Kohnstamm

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I have been cultivating a new habit of  journal writing in the morning instead of picking up my internet. It's a very useful practice but then I don't really feel like writing again during the day...hence the two month blog absence. Did you get my Spring newsletter???   CLICK HERE.  It included all this:

  • Aculeus" Rides Again + upcoming shows
  • Touched: A soft sculpture exhibition
  • Periscope Artist Entrepreneur Program
  • Dyeing House Gallery collaboration
  • Newest Work
  • An About Face(book)

This week Dyeing House Gallery will finally publish the long-awaited interview and they are promoting it as a "mystery", even though I've been talking about it for months now. The pieces I made for this have all received proper titles (Flocculent Succelent, Florapod, Pillowed and Santuario) and will be offered at reduced prices for charity. Being their first artist in this program came with a few hiccups though overall it's been a very worthwhile endeavor. Annalisa Chelli has been a sweetheart to work with!

"Sheebie Jeebie" is now on display at Turnip Green Creative Reuse as part of the Nashville Collage Collective show. It's so fun to see it out in the wild!

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On Friday I'll drive to Memphis for the opening of Art of the South at Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art. I haven't been to Memphis as an adult so this will be an adventure. Apparently, the opening will be held during a monthly Trolley Night, where all the art galleries and businesses on South Main will be open and the trolleys run for free. I decided to treat myself with a night's stay at the Peabody Hotel!

That's all for now... and keep your eyes on my Facebook page. I'm feeling like a give-away will happen soon!