I am officially back in the studio! Well... I have been for about a month. I took a short hiatus from my studio during the summer. I found myself in there only a few weekends for the whole three months and instead spent my weekends traveling and spending time with family. Despite not actively working on much, I was constantly thinking of new work to make. Sometimes taking some time off is the best thing that you can do. It's important to go out and take in the world so that you can come up with new ideas or better the ones you already have. I'm trying to bring this mindset into the fall as well. I can't just sit in my studio and expect to stay inspired, so I'll have to come up with a happy medium. This is my greatest obstacle.
This summer I was able to attend the opening for Fiber National 2016, in which I had three of my weavings: Deposits, What's Left, and Who, When, Where. I won first runner up from the Waterford Weaver's Guild for Who, When, Where !!!! That was such a great surprise and I am very thankful for the honor!
I also went to Charlotte, NC for a long weekend and had the opportunity to walk around the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. They have one of Sheila Hicks' sculptures in their lobby and I was in awe at it's magnitude. Spanning multiple stories, Mega Footprint Near the Hutch ( May I Have This Dance) is incredibly impressive. I use Sheila Hicks' book: Weaving as Metaphor, which showcases all of her small frame weavings, in my class I teach at the Visual Arts Center. It was great to be reminded that she also worked in such a large scale.
- - -
Now that I am back in the studio, here is everything I"m working on:
What We Take With Us is still a work in progress. It has proven to be a much larger project than I initially thought. Taking the summer hiatus also didn't help that much either. My goal is to get all of the little pieces connected soon so I can have my studio floor back!
I have also started on a new journal piece with transfer paper that I am very excited about. No title for that piece yet though. If you follow me on instagram, you have probably already seen the in progress shot shown above. Instagram is still the best way to keep up with what I'm currently working on. You can follow me @cole.bun.
- - -
In other news:
My next class is about to start at the Visual Arts Center in about two weeks! I can't believe I have been teaching my Frame Weaving class for almost a year! I have learned so much this past year from teaching and I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. I really look forward to walking into the fiber studio every couple of months and meeting new students.
Member registration for the winter class session opens up soon. Make sure to check the VisArts website for my winter class!
That's all for now!