4.07.2008

Piedmont Craftsmen

The week from you-know-where is now over, thank goodness! The less said about it the better, but suffice it to say it'll be awhile before I volunteer to teach 14 kids in a room appropriate for less than half that many, with an age range of 4 to 11, for a rainy, dreary week!

Today, I'm concentrating on the application for the Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. (PCI) Their organization's tagline is: 'Take Self-Expression by the Hand'. I like that very much. I think that's what all artists do, and hope people will appreciate our self expression by coming to see, and buying our work. Membership in the organization is limited to those who live and work in the Southeastern US, and there is a two-step process for jurying.

The group of artists in the organization is diverse. Here are some examples of the work of what I hope will be my fellow mixed media artists, and descriptions from the PCI website:

Linda Fifield works with wooden forms and tiny glass seed beads to create brilliantly colored vessels that appear to be lit from within. She is descended from generations of Appalachian craftswomen, and her distinctive style has evolved over more than twenty years of experimentation with materials and techniques. She turns wooden vessels on a lathe, then covers them with jewel-toned beads using an ancient netting stitch.

Eric and Addison Paige
I met Eric Paige while exhibiting at the Gilmore Shows last spring. In fact, Eric is the person who told me about, and encouraged me to apply to PCI. He works with his sister to create these wonderfully whimsical hand painted lucite clocks, and their company is called: "what will the neighbors think?" You can see more of their work here.

Whitney Peckman finds gourds intriguing in shape, and suggestive in markings, scars and field wounds. After getting wet moldy gourds from the field, she waits up to a year for them to begin to dry completley. As they sit in her studio, they begin to make their personalities known, and she begins to envision the poppies, roses, and lilies she will eventually engrave, carve and paint on to their surfaces. All of her work is drawn freehand then pyro-engraved into the gourd. The painting is done with acrylics and many layers of transparent glaze to deepen shades and tone.
Visit her website to see more of her gourds, as well as her beautiful paintings.

Enjoy these and the rest of the artists' work on the site.
It's back to the application for me, so I can send it off before next week's deadline.

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