Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Little Background, Please

Love Song, by Carolyn Halliday
Carolyn Halliday, whose upcoming show My Father's Religion, hangs this week, responded to some questions I emailed her. So, over the next few days, I will share her responses with you.

When did yo learn to knit?

My mom taught me the basics of knitting when I was 8. I don't remember knitting particulars, other than a sweater of sorts for the cat, who preferred not to wear it. As a girl, I was expected to learn the domestic arts, and I did and wanted to learn them all, although I was always pretty imperfect in my skills. In JH home ec, I was told I knit wrong, and relearned knitting. Being left handed, I apparently developed a left handed way to knit (which is now handy to use) but I ripped out the whole sweater that I was working on for the school assignment, so I could re-knit it "correctly".

I remember seeing a spinning wheel at your house. Do you spin?

I saw someone spinning for the first time when I was 17, and I thought it was sheer magic. I was smitten with the idea of making thread from a scrap of fluff. But I didn't see anyone spin again until I learned to spin around 1978, and began using my hand spun for knitting and weaving. (I learned to weave around the same time, in the Portland Parks and Recreation Dept---they offered weaving!) Around 1988, I made a teddy bear of my hand spun for a pregnant friend, and got interested in dimensional knitting. So I started doing other animals, especially fueled by my son, who would tell me, "Now make a cow." I made a few different animals and dolls of hand spun and started to sell them at craft shows, like St Cate's. I should mention that when I moved back to Mpls in December of 1981, I immediately joined the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, and have been forever grateful for the welcoming community and many classes and opportunities that grounded my early artistic attempts. Through the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, and then the Textile Center, I learned much about dying, surface design, spinning, felting, paper making.

Opening Soon:

My Father's Religion

June 4- July 12

Opening Reception: June 17, 7-9pm

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Peace Fibres- stitching a soulful world

Serendipity has been such a strong feature of my life. When one is able to cultivate to attitude of welcome, of "yes", one can see the connections and the offerings that the world has to give. Today was another opportunity of "yes." While working diligently on number crunching and financial projections ( yuck!), I received a phone call from a Minnesota author wishing to see the current exhibition.
While Libbie Soffer was here, I attended Shepherd's Harvest and she went to the Textile Center and we both met Karen Lohn, the author of Peace Fibres. Karen and her friend Katie, a contributor to the book, spent time among Libbie's textile stories. A thoroughly delightful respite from numbers!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Self Portraiture

Carolyn Halliday has done several self portraits in knitted wire. It should come as no surprise that they are non-standard. She translated her body measurements into these forms.

My Father's Religion
June 4-July12
opening reception June 17, 7-9pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ars domestica ending soon

Libbie Soffer returns to Philadelphia but her art work remains for a bit more time. Please call or email and set a time to see the show. I will be IN most of the time. The show runs through May 28.

ars domestica
by Libbie Soffer
through May 28

Monday, May 23, 2011

Suited for Metaphor

Suits for lean times.
A suit for the runway.
Libbie Soffer and Carolyn Halliday work at times along the edges of fashion, fashioning wearable and unwearable suits for metaphor.

ars domestica by Libbie Soffer
through May 28.

My Father's Religion by Carolyn Halliday
June 4-July 12
reception June 17, 7-9pm

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Reader's Art 11:urban/urbane


Did you know that you can see ALL the photos from Reader's Art 11 on flikr? I just learned how to post this was from flikr. I have a new respect for the site now!

Susan Hensel Gallery's photostream

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