One, out of a hundred of my favorite things about the residency at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont is talking with the visitors who come to the Breeding Barn, a place where I have called studio for the past two months. People from all over the world visit this extraordinary farm. I get several visitors a day and some tours coming through with many questions about what I am doing. Is that fur? Why would you put sails out in the fields? Then I get the memories of their grandmother weaving or their father's farm. I love it when I get helpers along the way, because the meditative process of weaving of materials together with others is a bit like a quilting bee, and the conversations are priceless.
University of Vermont professor, Cami Davis and her Environmental Art students were a wonderful part of this. We wove and talked about aspects of contemporary art. It was great to have inquisitive, engaged young artists. Thanks to all for their help.
I'm happy to announce that Jacob Lumbra will continue on to be my studio assistant in August. Welcome Jacob!
And I love it when friends visit! (missing photo: Artist Wylie Garcia and her son Asa)