Well, my research presentation went...well. I was extremely nervous but I was successful in getting through my talk without vomiting or passing out. There was only one flaw, however. When I uploaded my presentation on to the university's computer, which was a PC, one of my images didn't transfer, and a blank slide showed up. Ooops! I talked about the image anyway and was able to make up some of what was lost in the following slide.
I can't upload my actual presentation because of file size restrictions, but to read my presentation click here
After my Research and Creative Achievement week presentation, I was lucky enough to hop in a car and go to Philadelphia for the joint SDA/SAQA conference. It hasn't been quite the experience I was told that it was going to be, but I have had a great time, meet some wonderful ladies, and learned some valuable information.
On the first day of the conference, we heard from Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Museum. His presentation was one of my favorites. He gave a compelling talk about the current view of fiber arts in the museum community and I was both proud and startled to see how far textiles has come and how far it has yet to go to be accepted as an art form. My other favorite talk was by the jurors of Art Quilt Elements 2012. Sandra Sider, David McFadden and Elizabeth Barton took you inside their process for jurying this show and what they looked for in the 60 some odd pieces that made it into the show out of the 800 submitted. David made a comment about how traditional the pieces were and what he would like to see in future work, such as the integration of technology, which really angered some of the women, who prefer to use traditionally inspired images and methods in their pieces. However, as a young artist I was encouraged by his comments since I plan on using a computer assisted loom in my future weavings.
Perhaps the best part of the conference however, was getting the opportunity to walk around Philadelphia and go to all of the local art galleries and museums as part of Fiber Philadelphia 2012. I saw some amazing work, including some work by artists that I have seen and admired for a while in magazines, such as the work of Diem Chau. The show at the Crane Center for the Arts called Outside/Inside the Box was particularly inspiring. And guess what! I found and artist working in double weave pickup! Margaret Leininger had a pair of QR code double weaves that made me so happy. Not only was she working in a media that I highly value and use in my own work, but she was using computer integration and square imagery in her work! I want to create a similar piece of my own, but what would I link the code to?
I am in Philly for 3 more days attending an after conference workshop with Cameron Anne Mason called Beyond the Surface: Sculptural Explorations with Soft Materials. I hope it is interesting. Updates to come.