If you’re in the western mass area and have some free time tomorrow, stop by Beehive on pleasant street for my very first real-life-post-grad show!
wow thanks for your compliment! you’ve come to the right place—i’m currently a senior in the fibers department and as of tomorrow i will be done with massart forever. i came to massart knowing that i was interested in textile production but figured i would be entering as a printmaking major. the first elective class i took was a surface design class which introduced me not only to the facilities and processes, but to the faculty and students. i was immediately welcomed and shown around when asked, and fell in love with the work which came from the department. the faculty (ann wesmann, janet kawada, samantha fields, and most recently, judith leemann,) are all wonderful women and masters in their respective fields. the department lends itself well to students who wish to practice conceptually and/or from a design point of view. in my four years in the fibers department i have mastered processes, broadened my knowledge of fiber arts as a contemporary and historical field, and expanded my range of work to include sculpture and performance. i highly recommend the massart fibers department to any student who is interested in the tactile. it is a wonderful place to work and grow. i hope this answers your question, please don’t hesitate to contact me again in the future if anything comes up! good luck!
Arrested Development Transposed by Siri, 2013
from a collab with ken pickart
Ohne Titel (Leichtigkeit und Gewicht)
16 place settings (found antique plates, forks, glasses,) glassine envelopes, metal shears, cake, ranunculus, hand dyed found table linens, knife, found gold-leaf jar
Duration: appx 30 min
participants were invited to sit at a table which had been laid out with a place setting for each guest. at each place setting was a small plate, fork, glass of pomegranate juice, and a glassine envelope. after everyone was seated I reached for the scissors, loosed a lock of hair from my braid and cut it off, placing it carefully in the glassine envelope before me. I then placed the envelope in the jar, sealing it with the lid, returned the scissors to their silver tray, and cut myself a piece of cake. As I ate, some of the other participants began to imitate my actions with the understanding that the sacrifice of their hair earned them a piece of the cake. The remaining participants looked on. When the meal was finished, those who did not participate were given a flower. I thanked the guests.
Song for Comrade Bill Austin
wool tassels, hand dyed doily
the article which inspired the piece
Schleier (Trauertuch 0)
silk screened text on hand dyed silk gauze
3’ x 9’