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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. 

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!

 

TextileArtist.org article & interview by Shana Kohnstamm

Needle Felting: From Factory to Gallery by Kate Barsotti

The lovely Kate Barsotti of pencilandsheep.com wrote Needle Felting: From Factory to Gallery for TextileArtist.org. It's an intriguing and humorous look at the history of felting, the differences between wet-felting and 'dry'-felting schools and includes work & interviews from Stephanie Metz, Zoe Williams and myself.

At the very beginning of my felting career, I did a lot of research on the folks that were making wool sculptures. Immediately, I was struck by Zoe's consistent imagery and technical prowess, as well as her ability to combine wool effortlessly with clay and bead components. Stephanie's work blew me away with her realistic sculptural capabilities and abstracted organic shapes. (To be honest, the first time I saw Stephanie's Amorphozoa series, I considered quitting feltwork... it was if she had peered into my brain and made everything I hadn't even dreamed up yet.) So inspired by these two artists, I had an unspoken goal to one day be in their company. How sweet to end the year having my work featured with theirs!