Starting 2021 with zoom groups was very different from a full calendar in 2020 of traveling. To focus on creative growth I began the 100 day drawing challenge on January 30. I hope this doesn’t have to be another Year Study. With colored pencils, markers a new journal (which ended up being two) and views outside my windows I decided to document nature. Networking with “friends” via social media each day kept me on track ending on May 10. Along the journey the sketches began to take form as fiber art – paints came out, embroidery threads and the rug hooking materials too. Thanks to that network, when Jamie Miller from Taylor Books Annex Gallery asked, I was ready with a proposal.
July 11- August 8 the collection is on exhibit with fellow Appalachians Chase Bowman, Chris DeMaria, Emma Doolley, Amanda Jane and Mike Ousley at Taylor Books Cafe and Gallery, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV. There is a quick Instagram video showing the work up but seeing textile art in person brings a deeper appreciation for the materials and techniques.
Not being a gallery owner anymore I prepared a catalog of the drawings and fiber art so visitors could leaf through from winter into colorful spring.
These are some of the works on the walls. If you are interested in any, contact Taylor Books at 304-342-1461 or through their website TaylorBooks.com
I plan to be back in Charleston August 8 in the afternoon, maybe you can stop by and share your thoughts.