Expressive Forging: Topography in Steel
This workshop will explore a range of experimental and traditional approaches to blacksmithing and metalworking to better understand metal as an expressive medium. Through unconventional forging exercises students will consider surface and texture in steel, pulling design influence from personally sourced images, drawing exercises, and the natural and human-made environment around us. Projects will focus on combining forged textures, forming techniques, and fabricated elements to create functional and sculptural forms. Discussions and demonstrations will cover topics such as tooling, sheet metal forming, welding, and basic fabrication—leading to an emphasis on various finishing processes appropriate to each project. All levels welcome.
MEGHAN MARTIN is an artist and blacksmith living and working in western North Carolina. Originally from Vermont, she began her metalworking career through the apprenticeship model— she is a two time recipient of The Vermont Folklife Center’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant and was a two year Core Fellow at Penland. Among her evolving series of sculptural wall pieces, Meghan completes a wide breadth of commissioned work regularly, including functional objects for the home. Selected group exhibitions: Metal IV, Metal V, LIGHT Art+Design, Personal Effects, Penland, At Work, Earlham College, and Nu Iron Age Contemporary Forged Art Show. · meghan-martin.com
Pinching and Playing
Pinching is one of the most basic techniques used in creating ceramic objects. In this workshop we will use simple processes to explore more complex forms within the realm of functional objects. Traditional methods of pinching, coiling, and press molding will be the springboard for participants to develop their own unique mark making process and to look at pots in a new way. Additionally, we will recognize that vessels hold a language and can either move within or relinquish. Not only will we investigate the composition of vessels, but also push ourselves to discover new ways of forming them through methods unconstrained by the wheel. All levels welcome.
EMILY SCHROEDER WILLIS is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Emily was awarded the Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, the Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin, and Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts. In 2012, Emily was a presenter at Arrowmont’s Utilitarian Clay Conference where Objective Clay, a collective she is part of, was formed. · emilyschroeder.com
Mending and its Metaphors
Mending and darning – once lost TEST to contemporary life are now part of thinking about sustainability, consumerism, and other social issues. Mending is inherently intimate and personal– a form of connection, an assessment of support, and gesture of care. What are the implications of objects that we, as owners and users, cannot repair, that we discard when they are worn or broken? We will explore a variety of repair processes and the ways they question our relationships to what we value and why. Our point of departure will be European, British, and American colonial era mending samplers. As we make our own samplers, we will expand out and consider other mending techniques, such as binding, splinting, gluing, and stapling. A knowledge of the structures of weaving, knitting, and crochet will be beneficial — All levels welcome.
MARK NEWPORT is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum of Canada, The Mint Museum, The Textile Museum at George Washington University, The Museum of Arts and Design, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Recent awards include grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Arizona Commission on the Arts. Mark’s work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Detroit Institute of Arts. The Simone DeSousa Gallery, form and concept, Duane Reed Gallery, and the Greg Kucera Gallery represent his work. marknewportartist.com
Botanical Alchemy–The Art of Turning Everyday Plants into Paper
Workshop participants will learn how to create a hand-bound album journal to record plant and paper samples featuring materials available in the natural surroundings of the Haystack campus. Participants will learn observational techniques to source plants for hand papermaking and how to turn plants into pulp for handmade paper and artistic material. Materials will be sourced through nature walks and vegetable, herbal, and native plant gardens and use the rich local botanical history to explore these plants for food, medicine, and traditional craft. As we transform these materials into paper and dye samples, we will use our interdisciplinary research to create book narratives reflecting the intersection of artists’ books, papermaking, botany, gardening, drawing, writing, and record-keeping. All levels welcome.
MELISSA HILLIARD POTTER is an Associate Professor in the Art & Art History Department of Columbia College Chicago teaching hand papermaking and artists’ books. Her work exploring feminist histories has been shown at venues internationally including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Gallery Zvono, Belgrade as well as film festivals from Bejing to Paris. In 2018, her project, Seeds InService with Maggie Puckett is featured at Compound Yellow Gallery and the Self-Reliance School in Oak Park. Grants for Melissa’s socially-engaged work including hand papermaking include three Fulbright awards to Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina, ArtsLink, the Soros Fund for Arts and Culture, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Her exhibition, “Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art,” co-curated with Jessica Cochran, was funded by the Crafts Research Fund and the Clinton Hill Foundation, among others. melpotter.com
Workshop participants will explore the medium of enamel, pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques and substrates. Champlevé on etched steel, sgraffito on found enamelware, and basse taille on salvaged metal are just a few of the alternative enameling techniques that will be covered. We will introduce color, texture, imagery, pattern, and text to your work with contemporary methods and materials, and will learn how to incorporate three-dimensional enamel elements into jewelry and small objects. Discussion and critique will focus on finding a unique voice with your work through the use of form, surface, and materials. All levels welcome.
SHARON MASSEY is an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received a BFA from Winthrop University and an MFA from East Carolina University. In 2016 she was the only American chosen to exhibit in the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition in Legnica, Poland, and her jewelry was selected for Schmuck 2014 and Schmuck 2015 in Munich, Germany. Sharon served on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). In 2009 she received the Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) Emerging Artist Award and was included in “Lucca Preziosa Young.” Her work has been published in eight books, including The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions, and is in the collection of the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. sharon-massey.com
Descriptive Geometry and the Splayed Leg Sawhorse
Before CAD, before computers, there was descriptive geometry. Armed with nothing but ruler, triangle and compass, builders designed complex structures involving volumes and curved surfaces intersecting at compound angles with precision. Using a process also known as developed drawing, various perspectives of the same three-dimensional object can be developed as two-dimensional representations that become working drawings for building. Drawing by hand offers a direct, intuitive understanding of spatial relationships, while simultaneously granting us temporary refuge from our ubiquitous screens. We will explore these processes by drawing and then building models from our drawings to validate their accuracy. As we gain fluency we will draw and construct models of hipped and valleyed roofs. Harnessing the power of descriptive geometry, each student will then draw and construct an elegant, joined version of that much-maligned yet iconic workstation of the builder, the splayed leg sawhorse. All levels welcome.
RAIVO VIHMAN is a woodworker and builder based in Freedom, Maine. He spent four years as a journeyman carpenter working in timber frame shops in Maine, Oregon, and North Carolina. In 2008 he founded Haystack Joinery, a design-build studio that focuses on sculptural timber framed structures with an emphasis on incorporating natural forms into the timberwork. He has studied traditional building techniques in France and currently uses traditional developed drawings and lofting practices learned with the Compagnons du Devoir in his design-build practice. Raivo has taught descriptive geometry at the Viljandi Cultural Academy in Estonia and timber framing at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine and at Penland, where his students collaborated to build a structure which is now a permanent part of the campus. haystackjoinery.com
Visiting artists augment the session with informal activities and are not workshop leaders.
KATE RUSSELL is a Brooklyn-based theatremaker and poet. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Threadbare Theatre Workshop and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts fellow. She received a BFA from Rutgers University and spent a yearlong residency at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. In addition to adapting and directing original stage adaptations of Moby-Dick and The Waste Land, Kate has directed such plays as Sarah Kane’s Crave, Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime, and the first bilingual Korean-American presentation of The Vagina Monologues. She has performed in film and television as well as off-Broadway and regionally for the past ten years. As a teaching artist she has brought poetry and devised theatre to students off the rural coast of Maine and Shakespeare into the inner-city schools of London and New York. Her work as a theatremaker has been noted by Creative Capital’s ON OUR RADAR and named one of their 2016 “Artists To Watch.” kateroserussell.com
Threadbare Theatre Workshop’s Kate Russell, with Joshua McCarey
Kate Russell and Joshua McCarey will lead informal workshops based on their approach with Threadbare Theatre Workshop, which illuminates epics in a simple way through the magic of resourceful storytelling; laying bare our humanity so that we may thread more empathy into existence. “We are committed to making theatre from scratch across the local landscape; engaging alternative spaces to foster creative partnerships within the community. We believe in a radically participatory theatre where every audience is a character in our play and every place a theater. We begin in silence, sculpt poetry through sound and movement, and a story is born.” Threadbare’s Kate Russell and Joshua McCarey will be in residence on Deer Isle to workshop their upcoming endeavor, The Royal Tar, to be performed on the Island next summer.