Looking Back; Moving Forward

As an emerging mixed-media/fiber artist, I was finally ready to commit to making art full-time in 2017.

That meant having supportive environments to do the work. As someone whose processes include eco-dyeing/eco-printing, rusting, making cyanotypes, An Angel's Wingsstitching, and beading, spaces both in and outside are optimum—and in 2017 both my in-house studio and the gardens were ready to support my work—with room to share.

Through Art in the Garden, I was ready to share both my home studio and gardens and my knowledge of natural processes. Women came together every few weeks during the summer and fall to eco-print silk and/or paper, rust, and make photograms (cyanotypes).

I had opportunities to exhibit my work in three unique venues. For Earth Day, Erika Terwilliger and I showed our work in a pop-up event at gallery three, Annie Irene Hejny’s alternative exhibition space (converted from a single-stall garage) in St. Paul. Despite the cold temperature (37 degrees), brave Minnesotans came to view our work with an artist talk in front of a roaring fire in Anne’s home. In July, the second pop-up event, DegeneraTe Art Exhibition, happened at the RedGarage Studio in Minneapolis in response to the current political situation. In September and October, a dozen pieces of my work were included in an exhibition under the auspices of The Phipps Center for the Arts at the Hudson Hospital & Clinic in Hudson, Wisconsin. And to start 2018, my newest work, An Angel’s Wings,is part of the Member’s Show at the Textile Center of Minnesota. Stop by and see the exhibition if you’re local. It’s textile art at its best!

What else is on the agenda for 2018? Art-making. Experimenting. More Art in the Garden sessions. Hopefully, more pop-up events. A 2-person exhibition at Banfill Locke in September. And more building of supportive networks is always a priority. Follow www.dandelionunlimited.com and Art in the Garden for up-to-date information.

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