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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.
Wet felting, something new to both Adriana and I, is starting to become routine and we are hitting our stride. We have also have been doing our home-visits. These moments have been special and unique, we are so thankful for all the friendly people who have welcomed us into their home and let us translate it into cocoons. If you live in Paonia and your interested in setting up a home visit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we are still looking for people interested in being involved in our project.
These are in-progress shots of our Paonia Cocoons by Amber Imrie-Situnayake & Adriana Villagran
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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