Monday, September 10, 2007

Doll days at Arrowmont!

The American Craft Council Southeast Conference was held at Arrowmont School of Art & Craft last weekend. Friend and fellow tapestry artist, Pat Williams and I took Akira Blount's "Figurative Expressions in Cloth" class. Akira's art work is phenomenal and I was excited to finally have an opportunity to participate in a class taught by her.

Two days doesn't give much time to accomplish as much as we all wanted to...just learning the basic steps of manipulating the head and facial forms was intimidating for me! I told Akira as the class began that I was "three-dimensionally challenged" but with her gentle guidance I was able to work through the process and feel good about my end result.

The first of these photos were taken on Saturday as the figures began to come together.






Rogues gallery--5 p.m. on Saturday!

My doll is the fourth from the left--a short one in the center, with an arm around the shortest.

Pat's is the first on the left...arm and hand points toward the others.





















The next photos are several of the exhibition. I'm not sure how many pieces were accepted into the show, by juror Sandra Blain. Blain is a professional ceramist, Director Emeritus of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Professor Emeritus of Art at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She now lives in Tempe, AZ.

The exhibit is Spotlight 2007 and the competition was open to all artists living in the ACC-SE region of the U.S. (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WVA)

The exhibit closes on September 22.

The tapestry mentioned earlier in the blog, "...and they will be resolved into their own roots" is shown hanging in the last photo. Pat has two tapestries in the exhibit!

1 comment:

K Spoering said...

That looks like a lot of fun, Tommye! Did you do this just for fun, and as a creative boost, or will we be seeing some dolls in the future?