'Keep Sketch' CCOI Residency
In May of 2011 was invited by the Crafts Council of Ireland to come and do a week long residency with them In their gallery In Kilkenny. The residency coincided with the first Irish exhibition of renowned Jeweler and artist Bruce Metcalf. I was asked by the CCOI to explore the relationship between drawing and making and how they perform together when an artist Is conducting.
Having stepped away from my textile craft work I wanted to embrace this residency as a public re-initiation process. I spent 5 days In the gallery using the space as my pop up studio. Without having any premeditated thought of what a weeks progress would produce I began on the first day using the walls as my sketch book. I recored every thought and event that happened during my time spent there publicly showing my my relationship between drawing and making.
Playing on personal interests I had at the time and feeling a little intimidated by my role as the artist on show I created a quasi self portrait of how I felt.
I found huge comfort In both the act of making this character of myself feeling as If we were laughing at each other back and forth never allowing the serious to evolve. I have always associated the Craft Gallery as a very prestigious space and felt I was underdressed for the space. Focusing on this discomfort I allowed my craft to do the talking which was something I felt very out of touch with.
The residency came to an end with a public exhibition of the creative stew I had cooked up during my time spent in the gallery.
Each image has info about the work that was created during my time In the gallery just click to view.