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Thanks for your interest in my work; it’s a pleasure every year to welcome visitors into my studio, and I’ve sorely missed the experience. I’m looking forward to connecting in person again; to continue to care for our community I kindly request that visitors wear masks inside my studio.
Since my last Open Studios in 2019 I’ve debuted my solo show of large, touchable sculpture– made with assistance from my community. Some of those pieces will be on hand to experience. I’ll show some new work and old favorites, and give a preview of my latest big project: a video version of my popular Sculptural Needle Felting Workshop. Visit me in the Green Door Annex at The Alameda Artworks on Race street, located just off the parking lot behind Recycle Bookstore past the mural-lined alley.
In my work I use wool to explore the idea of seemingly opposing qualities coexisting within one object. I shape wool by compacting it into nearly solid freestanding forms through a process known as needle felting. Taken from industrial origins and a subsequent craft tradition, needle felting refers to using specialized sharp, barbed needles to mat wool fibers into a united solid mass, held together by the microscopically scaly surfaces of the wool. With simple tools I can compress masses of loose, fluffy wool into detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. I’ve been experimenting with wool for fifteen years, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with visitors through demonstrations and samples they can touch and handle. In addition to my large work, I’ll have small sculptures and wool works on paper available as well.
My sculpture has been exhibited at local and international venues including Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands, and the National Centre for Craft & Design in the U.K.
Open Studio Location
Weekend 2: Site# 186 Alameda Art Works
1068 The Alameda, San Jose
Site: 186 Alameda Art Works
1068 The Alameda
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