Artistic Endeavors: April-September 2014


This post is a list of the various places I’ll be showing/making work during the months of April-September.   If any of you who follow are in the area, please try to stop by and support the other emerging artists with whom I’ll be showing!

First on the list (and current project): DAAPWorks 2014


DAAPWorks Logo, 2014.

It’s absolutely amazing to me that my time in DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) at the University of Cincinnati is almost finished!  The exhibition, DAAPWorks 2014, is a culmination of all the hard work that the graduating seniors from all departments have been working on over the last year.  There will be models and other work from Design, Architecture, and Planning, and two galleries showing the senior thesis works from Fine Art, along with the CAC showing the work of the Graduate Fine Art students.  The opening of DAAPWorks 2014 is April 22nd, from 5-9PM.  Please stop by if you’re in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area!

Second (A project I’m also working on): Duct Tape Festival 2014


Work by Joe Girandola, Professor at DAAP, 2013.

The Duct Tape Festival is new to the area of Avon, Ohio, but has surely made a name for itself in the area.  This festival that is held during Father’s Day Weekend is a celebration of the tape that can do it all!  People from all over come to celebrate this product, participate in the free activities, dress in Duck Tape outfits, and best of all, to see our larger than life sculptures.  For 2014, the theme is “Out of This World”.  The sculpture students in DAAP who are in the Duct Tape Class have presented ideas to the Duct Tape Company, which are being approved and funded to be shown in the upcoming festival.  I am creating a Space Rover, with the help of my partner (Mary Baxter).  If you’re looking for fun Father’s Day (June) plans, come to Avon, OH for our “Out of This World” art!

Third on my list: Penland School of Crafts

51HTGPD2M4L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I’m so happy to announce that during the weeks of July 5th-19th, I’ll be a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts for the Screen printing on Fabrics class.  For those who are unfamiliar, Penland is a school dedicated to the arts and crafts skills that is located in North Carolina.  It has been running for around 75 years, and is about an hour Northeast of Asheville.  I’m very much looking forward to working with the Studio Coordinator and the students in the class to perfect our screen printing skills and create some lovely works of art.

Fourth (last but not least): Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Fiber Program

P1060274In my last post, I mentioned my acceptance to Cranbrook.  In this post, I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted the offer and will be moving to Michigan to attend their Fiber Program and earn my Master’s Degree.  The transition is very exciting; but I’m a little nervous for the move.  I intend to create as much new work as possible during my two years at Cranbrook, and continue to show my work as often as possible.  I’m excited about the potential following my work will gain upon moving to the Detroit area, which would add to my growing following in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area.

The opportunities I’ll be able to experience over the next few months (and in one case, 2 years) are better than anything I could have ever imagined for myself.  Hard work and an optimistic outlook can take you anywhere, and I’m surely happy as to where it’s taken me and my work.

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So, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog in regard to my graduate acceptance status. At this moment, I’ve been accepted to the Cranbrook Academy of Art! I’m so thrilled for the opportunity, and am currently driving with my family to Detroit to visit the campus tomorrow.

With all the excitement, however, comes thoughts of tuition. I’m unsure at this time how I’ll be paying the tuition; I’ve been offered money for partial scholarship and money from FAFSA, but we all know school is expensive and any extra money is a blessing. So, I’m thinking of designing tee shirts and selling them in order to raise money for my future tuition. I’ll be designing the shirts soon, but would like an idea if they’d sell. I’m also thinking of a kick starter account.

If you’d be interested in donating to a kick starter account or buying a shirt, please like or comment on this blog post. It would mean so much for your support in the next steps of my artistic process. Thank you for following!

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Leaving my Art in NYC


In Process Yarn Bombing in NYC on the corner of Mulberry and Spring St. To be continued starting March 28th.

Today is my first day back in Cincinnati after a long weekend in New York City.  The time was spent visiting the majority of the major museums of Manhattan, exploring the smaller, local galleries along the grid, and lastly, leaving my knitting behind.

For those who are unaware, the term for this practice is “Yarn Bombing”.  Yarn Bombing began in the United States during the 1990’s with various knitters using their leftover or unfinished knits to cover areas out in the world.  One of the famous Contemporary artists today who is known for yarn bombing goes by “Olek”, and has made quite the career of covering everything from entire rooms to full length trains.  While my contribution was small to the yarn bombing world, I do plan to visit NYC again at the end of the month for a concert, and also to add more to my chosen area.

Bike Yarn Bomb

“NYC, Let Me Keep You Warm”, 2014. To be finished March 28th.

Until my next visit to NYC, I’ll be working on my thesis, other various works, working my jobs, and working as a research assistant for Mr. Matthew Lynch.  I’ll also be working on more knitting to install on my chosen bicycle!

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Taking Knitting to Another Level

In Process Shot from the Studio, 2014.

In Process Shot from the Studio, 2014.

Tonight I’ll be leaving for a five day adventure in New York City!  It’s been a busy two weeks trying to finish everything before I leave, but now that it’s all out of the way I’m looking forward to a couple days of looking at the best up and coming art in the Big Apple.  Before I left, I thought I’d share a photo from my studio time tonight.  I’ve recently had three foot knitting needles made for me, and will be doing experiments with them to figure out how they will become a new work.  At the moment, I’m thinking along the lines of performance.  Thank you very much to those who continue to follow my blog!


In Process Shot, 2014.

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Form and Material Inspiration

"Stigmata", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigmata”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

During this week I have spent around sixty hours in my studio focusing on my conceptual and material growth.  As discussed in the last post, material experimentation is very important to my work at this time.  While I’ve found a cozy space in the world of Fiber Sculpture, experimentation and constant play with materials is necessary for my personal growth as an artist as I prepare for the future, whether that be graduate school or beginning my own studio practice that is unguided by faculty.

“Stigmata”, 2014 is a work that I fabricated during this sixty hour reflection time.  Primarily dipped into wax to be then cast in a mold for other materials, I found these two forms to be suitable as finished works without further manipulation.  Thus began my thought process about the materials being used: recycled fiber and brown foundry wax.  What did this combination mean?  How does it relate to the message I am trying to discuss in my concepts?  I think the best way to answer this question is to discuss the title of the work.

Stigmata(plural of stigma)(n):

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
“the stigma of mental disorder”
A mark of disgrace.  This sentence ran through my mind as I attempted to understand why I felt it was the best name for this work.  I began to think of my expectations of the comfort object I love so much, the woobie.  I’ve always preferred and, at times, felt it to be mandatory that the woobie be stark white.  Any sort of defect with the transitional object made it unusable in my mind.  This thought process started to shift as I started manipulating the material myself; ripping, cutting, resewing, and cream also became an appropriate color for the woobie.
"Stigma 1", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigma 1”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

I then took it a step futher.  I began to think about the manipulation I was striving to achieve in my experimentation of materials and how that relates to this work.  The goal at this point is to introduce fibers in a way that either the fibers are majorly altered or no longer existent in the work.  So, this work was dipped into the brown foundry wax.  This is rather significant, because due to the temperature of the melted wax, the fibers tend to melt during the dipping process.  This allows the fibers to transform into a new material while still keeping their skeletal shape.  Now, comparing this process to the previous assigned necessities of what a woobie is, this is a stain.  It is a mark of distain.  It is a stigma.  The skeletal forms of what once was solely fiber hang stagnant, as a reminder of the material and its previous properties, and also confronts the viewer with a new material to investigate.
"Stigma 2", 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

“Stigma 2”, 2014. Fiber dipped in Wax.

Next, I felt I should think about the way this work relates to my concepts and the body of work I’ve been constructing over the course of the year.  I’ve determined the wax can be thought of in a variety of ways; these are the ways I like most: wax as a representation of distain for comfort items, wax as a representation of mental destruction due to the missing comfort item, and lastly, wax as anxiety.