Ties that Bind: A Conversation about Stitching and Books
Join together to learn more about the art of stitched books and stay to visit the Sherry Grover Gallery to see Following the Thread, the current installation of cloth, fabric and stitched books. Presented in collaboration with Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.
Featured speakers include Glasgow textile artist and advocate Dr. Adele Patrick and Bay Area artist Lucy Childs. Lucy and Adele will be joined by other artists in an informal conversation co-moderated by Jane Carlin, Director of the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound and BIMA Education Director Kristin Tollefson.
Dr. Adele Patrick is an energetic leader in the arts and her work has inspired and enabled women artists throughout the UK to share their stories. Her work as an artist and advocate will inspire you and reflect our exhibition them of collaboration. Dr. Patrick has been developing innovative, participatory cultural projects rooted in equalities for over 25 years. A co-founder of Glasgow Womens Library (GWL) Adele has had a leadership role in forging this influential, change making organization in the Museums sector. Trained as an embroidery and woven textile designer at Glasgow School of Art (where she subsequently taught Gender, Art and Culture), her doctoral research at University of Stirling focuses on feminism and self-fashioning. In 2016 Adele was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the School and from Strathclyde University and was Scotswoman of the Year. Continually collaborating with artists, writers and other creatives Adele received the Engage Scholarship for Excellence in Gallery Education also in 2016. In 2018 she began a Clore Leadership Fellowship, her current Post Fellowship research (in collaboration with Goldsmiths, London) focuses on feminist leadership approaches.www.womenslibrary.org.uk.
In addition, book and textile artist Lucy Childs will share her work and insights into the creative process. Lucy Childs is an accomplished artist based in the California Bay area whose work embraces stitching and embroidery. She began exhibiting her artwork, including paintings, sculpture, and artists books, in the mid-70s; and in 2014 began using embroidery as her medium. This new work includes a murder mystery, a series depicting life on the imaginary Quiet Island, and a five-panel narrative showing the gradual healing of an open wound. Lucy moved to the Bay Area to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating in the mid-70s; and she now lives now in Martinez, California, with her husband and their Maine coon cat, Scoobie. Of her practice, Lucy states: My embroidered work includes artist books and wall pieces: narratives, landscapes and maps, and conceptual pieces about rips and mending or borders and edges. I experiment with stitches, color, patterns, narratives, and concepts. Find more about Lucy Childs: lucychildsbookarts.com. For her artist books, she is represented by The Kelmscott Bookshop, Baltimore Maryland.