Project Highlight | Walking Libraries (2016-2019)

Project Highlight | Walking Libraries

Kaarina Kaikkonen: Ritual and the Everyday

Posted on: Friday, March 22, 2013

Hundreds of second-hand children's shirts assembled / hung for the site-specific installation, 'Are We Still Going On' by Finnish environmental artist Kaarina Kaikkonen at Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Personal Geometry

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"We do not know if these fantastic clothes are the barbaric fruit of a culture distant in time and space, or the prophecy of a possible future. We do not know if Nick Cave comes from afar or if he sees far. We certainly know that through him, through his works, we meet the Other, and nothing is more fatiguing than this." 

Marco Meneguzzo regarding Nick Cave's Meet Me At The Center of the Earth at Studio la Città in April 2010

The time has come when the borders between art, fashion, installation, and performance might have dissolved enough to finally connect us with 'the other' or at least a personal geometry whose dimensions seem more real.

'Home Stills' series / photo by Bastienne Schmidt

It takes effort to examine all of the materials that are woven into our lives and the textures that we know to be familiar. Sometimes even the domestic realm seems exotic when one is adopting new methods and resourceful practices.

'Home Stills' series / photo by Bastienne Schmidt

This is where I have arrived. A chapter where geometry includes the inside/outside as well as the role of the other in my creations. A study of the fruits and tools of a culture that is nostalgic for the fantastic moments of the past and weary of the barbaric states of the future. Fashion, in this instance, is not a luxury but rather a performance ritual that reminds us of the home that is at 'the center of the earth' – regardless of how we navigate the course.

Sharing in the Thought Kitchen

Posted on: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nested / Fiber Form created out of recycled materials and twigs (photo by Abigail Doan)

Excited to share news of this interview and feature on my work for Nau's Thought Kitchen.

Toolshedding Project

Posted on: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Folding cockade (circular) fan / United States, 1860's via the Cooper Hewitt collection

I have started a new visual archive on Tumblr as part of my research on tools for art, craft, fashion, and the intersections and dynamic overlays between these disciplines. 

Toolshedding is basically the groundwork for new projects (ideas) that I have incubating for 2013 and beyond. A lot of this is a synthesis between past writing projects, current studio work, and collaborations past and future.

Feel free to send me suggestions of tools that you love and adore.

Tethered to Ideas

Posted on: Saturday, March 02, 2013

Shimenawa (literally "enclosing rope") are lengths of braided rice straw rope 
used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion

Sometimes I feel as if I am tethered to ideas that I just cannot let go of. Whether as links to the past or creative concepts that I have yet to pursue, I am a bit stubborn about holding on to something once I deem it worthy of investigation and possible inclusion in a project.

There comes a point, though, when a long queue of ideas seems to almost hinder any process. This happens sometimes when I am working with fiber and recycled materials that really have a life (history) of their own and properties that want to dictate a certain outcome. 

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