Yesterday, Adriana and I installed 25 Cocoons upstairs at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. It's been nearly two months of home visits, wet felting and personalizing these little hovels and finally, it's all come together in a whimsical installation. I'm only going to give you some teaser shots in hopes that if you are local you'll come out to see this interactive installation in person. If you're not local, have no fear we will post a weekly about how the opening went, next week, so stay tuned and subscribe.
Yesterday, Elsewhere hosted its January opening showcasing the work of our fellow resident Nazish Chunara. During her one-month stay she completed a large-scale paper installation and a series of printed textiles. Nazish delved head-first into her first-ever installation and took her geometric paintings to the next level. (Claps all around!)
The show also highlighted the past work and in-progress experimentations by gouache and watercolor extraordinaire, Aralia Diana Rose.
Amber and I showed our in-progress collaborative installation in the upstairs studio as well as a few samples of our solo work
It was a lovely night of white wine spritzers, home-made samosas (Thanks, Nazish!), interactive fiber art, lushly illustrative gouache experimentations, suggestive clay sculptures, and good company. Thanks to all who came out to support the Elsewhere residents and celebrate Nazish's time here! Come back this February 26th to see our finished Paonia Cocoons installation and various solo projects. Also, it's not too late to have your home or business represented in the Paonia installation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how you can get involved.
You can officially make fun of us, Paonia, we both suffered from altitude sickness for the first few days while we stayed at Elsewhere. Dizziness, nausea, and disorientation hit us and crippled our motivations to construct work. We spent the first four days thinking and talking things through. By Friday, we had come up with a concept and ordered materials for our collaborative work, which was good since we needed to talk about it at the meet and greet that evening.
Adriana sketched this wonderful image to help illustrate our collaborative plans at Elsewhere. We will be making cocoons representing the homes and businesses of Paonia using wet felting techniques, stitching, home-visits, and object collecting. These cocoons will be installed in the upstairs studio and hung from canopy of woven sticks and twigs collected from around Paonia. The result will be an installation-map in which each cocoon will represent the identity of a place in Paonia and explore what is quintessential about each location.
While we waited for our wool for wet felting to arrive, we played and experimented with fiberous materials. Tomato was a big help, he really knew just what to do and when to do it.
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