Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Looking For a Mate in Galesburg
(Above: Looking for a Mate in Galesburg, a unique sock art quilt. 55" x 55". "Mateless" socks donated to the public on recycled felt. Click on this or any image in this blog post for an enlargement.)
One of the missions of the Studios Midwest program is for artists-in-residence to conduct a public art project. They put it this way:
Studios Midwest brings artists to Galesburg, Illinois to engage and impact the community through creative and collaborative art. The program works with each artist to create an environment ripe for the emerging trend of art and social practice. Distinct from modern art of the twentieth century, social practice builds on a variety of contemporary art movements while incorporating elements of sociology, anthropology, social work, environmentalism, and community outreach.
I put it in SOCKS!
(Above: Looking For a Mate in Galesburg with a clothesline of "mateless" socks.)
Even before I arrived, the public was invited to donate their "mateless" socks. There was a newspaper article printed during my first week in Illinois. The work was also shown during "First Friday" on Seminary Street. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the residency, I was at the Galesburg Civic Art Center holding a "new age" quilting bee with community volunteers. I've blogged about it HERE. Well, the piece is finished, mounted, and hanging in the foyer of "The Box", the exhibition space where created my giant canopy. Both my residency work (The Canopy) and this public sock art quilt will enjoy a reception this coming Friday night, August 24th from 6 - 8 PM.
(Above: Creating a clothesline of "mateless" socks with clients of KCCDD, a private agency providing day programming for adults with disabilities.)
There were, however, extra socks! Leftover and "mateless"! What to do?
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create a clothesline of socks with clients of KCDD, a private agency providing day programming for adults with disabilities. I went on Tuesday morning and within a hour we were heavily into stitching and knotting all the socks. The conversation was lively. Everyone was successful in attaching the socks ... even a staff person learned a new way to thread a needle! We made short work of this attractive decoration. It is now proudly hanging overhead in the foyer of The Box, a perfect compliment to the public sock art quilt.
My contact person was Lisa Stephens who has been a long time supporter of Studios Midwest.
I can honestly say that only one sock came detached after the hour at KCCDD ... and that likely happened as a result of untangling it for hanging! It was truly my privilege to work with this agency ... and to spread the love of stitching and quilting to a new group of people!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 9:51 PM