Friday, September 30, 2011

Artist Statement

It always is a painful experience to embark upon writing an artist statement.  Artist statements are always changing... how am I (an artist for a reason) supposed to formulate my current thoughts into words?  This process was a pain and very hard for me this time around.  I would like to thank those who took the time to proofread this and told me when I didn't make sense.  You guys are the best. 

My work explores the parallel tensions between struggle and peace, childhood and maturity.  The process that begins with childhood and culminates in maturity is one of struggle and conflict, with peace as its ultimate end.  During childhood, our fundamental ideals, ethic, and societal roles are shaped. In maturity, we finally resolve how to live within and carry out these fundamentals. My work requires an insightful search, patience, diligence, trial, and a hopeful vision toward a product I cannot yet see, mirroring the continuing search for and creation of self.  As a fibers artist, I seek to communicate a firm conviction that peace will come through restoration. Finding beauty in that which requires time and patience, I wish to convey that comfort, beauty, and depth are products of hard work and trial. Through the exploration of various mediums and textures, my work provides comfort, beauty, and depth and, in its completion, is an image of that for which we hope: peace and rest. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

         If peace be in the heart,
The wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty,
The midnight flash but shows the path of duty,
Each living creature tells some new and joyous story,
The very trees and stones all catch a ray of glory,
        If peace be in the heart. 
                         - Charles Francis Richardson

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Its That Time of Year Again

It does not seem like a year has gone by since the last birthday of Julia Patton occurred.  Looking back one year ago, I can't help but think we were all baby friends living baby lives.  I say that but honestly, nothing much has changed.  Some things have changed though.  We all have stopped worrying about losing friendships...Among many thoughts and meditations, we have all put the question "when are they all going to find better friends?" behind us, realizing what we have found is special. We have grown more accustomed to life here in Savannah and have found a home.  This year has been filled with peace and there is SO much to look forward to.  I would like to take this once a year opportunity to say that I am truly thankful for my friends and what they have meant in my life.  I can't wait to spend the next three years with you guys livin life "one felicity episode, one dance party, one night of homework, one bake fest, one burn at Forsyth" at a time... Cheesy? Maybe so...

Anyways, like I said, it is Julia's birthday again.

This is why I like Julia.
She made a private event for her birthday bash.  6 Awaiting Reply, 1 Attending...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I had come across Loom's website about a year ago, but since then could not find it again.  I have searched every key word known to man.  GREAT NEWS!! I came out on the other side and finally found it again.  I can't stop staring.   I almost can't breathe... Aren't these old yarn rugs beautiful??


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Repeat Pattern

This quarter I have had the privilege of beginning the journey of taking my first repeat pattern class at SCAD.  With the first week under my belt, I have realized that patterns of any kind are much more than just a pretty image.  I have been challenged and been held to a higher standard.  SCAD does not believe in "art for art's sake" and neither do I.  With that being said, I just happened to come across these wonderfully soothing wallpapers original with the house from the 60's... it makes the whole process seem so simple, right? Well, let me tell you.  It is not simple, not simple AT ALL.

This is Elisabeth Dunker's country home.  I am very jealous of the crochet, the patterns, the wallpaper, the cats, and the sunlight.

Friday, September 16, 2011

12 West Oglethorpe

After a year of passing an abandoned house on Oglethorpe, we decided to go explore this little treasure today.  Usually the front door is propped open, but because of recent shady occurrences the house was locked up. We had to go through a boarded up window in the basement.  After a pair of ripped jeans, we began to make our way through the pitch black basement and began to climb upwards.  Debris, creaky stairs, steaming sunlight, and decaying wallpaper were just a few of the things waiting before us.  This historic site unfortunately burned in 2009 and has yet to be restored.  For now, I will take advantage of it and am glad I got to see the inside.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Payton Turner

With the first week of classes under my belt, I can already tell that my Repeat Pattern class is going to be my favorite.  I think it will be the most difficult because of the challenge to come up with such a large number of working ideas for each project.  The weekend is ahead of me and I have two days dedicated to this class and one day dedicated to a trip to Jacksonville, Florida.  Free orange juice at the Florida state line HERE I COME.  

In the meantime... check out Payton Turner's BRILLIANT idea! 

Wallpaper made from stickers. 
I have had a growing collection of stickers since I was a young gal... why didn't I think of doing this??

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It is true.  Yann Tiersen's Guilty has successfully taken me from a low to a high today. The beginning of school and getting back into a routine has proved itself stressful.  Stress is just a fact of first days and the unknown.  Go on, give it a listen.  Let it be the pillow for your troubled head.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Cake Seemed Fitting

To celebrate Claire's belated birthday, the final roommate to arrive, we all collaborated together, finding our way around the new kitchen, to bake her a beautiful and delicious cake.  During this process, I got my hand caught in the hand held mixer.  It was a very scary time, but I made it out with only a few bruises and minor swelling.  And then it happened!!!!! Claire arrived at 7:30 PM sharp and all was complete.  We headed out for some dinner (we had burritos in order to sufficiently nurse our wounds of the summer's end)  and then returned home to a late night of unpacking and cake.  Happy Birthday Claire.  Welcome home. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Address Change

The time is now.

I am here (in Savannah) after almost a full week of setting up house... it looks AMAZING.
(thank you mom for helping me set it up and dad for paying my bills. you guys are the best.)

For now I am going to give you my address for you guys to write me.
I'll say it again. If you give me your address, I will write you. If I write you, you WILL write me. Okay? Okay. I promise you won't be disappointed. So.... will you PLEASE PLEASSEEEEE write me?!? Consider it?!?!

Here she is:
2420 Reynolds St.
Savannah, GA 31401

No need for any kind of apartment number or anything of the sort, because I live in a house. A lovely house.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Today is the day.

Today is the day. It is. It really is!

I am off traveling to Savannah. I have already come to love the road trip between Dallas and my new town- might be long, but I love all 18 hours of it. I promise. This small trek serves as a perfect opening and closing for the year. This year at SCAD is going to be marvelous. It is very different returning to school this year compared to going last year. I am no longer nervous, but thankful for what I have in Savannah. I couldn't have asked for anything better. This year will be filled with more hugs, food, travel, and changes. I know what Savannah holds and it is up to me to make the absolute most of my home. Here is to this new year. Cheers.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

packing all day

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Clark Goolsby and His Installations

Clark Goolsby is brilliant. Installations are not his normal, but hasn't he done it oh so well!