Our congratulations go out to Madison Pearson, a studio major at Truman, who has received a grant to conduct research this summer. Here is her description of her project:
Over the summer I will be making handmade paper from natural fibers. Traditionally mixed handmade paper for printmaking uses abaca, a species of banana which is used in the papermaking industry for its strong natural fibers. For many printmaking papers abaca is used as a strengthening agent in a paper blend. It is primarily grown in the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. For my research I want to replace the abaca fiber with a fiber that can be locally grown, Flax. Many handmade papers are often a medley of fibers. In my research I have chosen 3 plant-based fibers, alfalfa, kenaf, and hemp to mix with my flax base. My project will be funded by the Office of Student Research as part of their Grant in Aid of Scholarship and Research summer program.
Photo courtesy of Laura Bigger
Friday at 6 pm come and join the graduating BA students to celebrate their capstone exhibition, which is on display in the University Gallery until that evening. Help us congratulate the students on completion of their degree (and enjoy some lovely snacks while you do)!
Students in the Advanced Sculpture classes are at it again! For this Homecoming week, the lobby of Ophelia Parrish Hall is featuring blow-up animals, this time inside a fiber aquarium. The sculpture is made to walk through, and the animals are far larger than life-sized.
The art installation should be up throughout the week.
Professor Danielle Yakle continues to provide Truman’s campus with art entertainment. On September 5th, posters started to appear that advertised a pop up “Blow Up” art exhibition. Fortunately the morning of September 7th dawned bright and clear and not too windy, and the Advanced Fibers/Sculpture classes trekked their plastic sculptures and air blowers out to the Quad and got ready to stop passersby in their tracks.
The assignment was to create a sculpture that was a very large version of a small stuffed animal. And as the elephant, floppy dog, unicorn, crab. and other creatures suddenly appeared, people certainly paid attention. The new art contrasted well with the art that seems more “normal” for a university campus.
Stay tuned for the next of the Professor Yakle’s public art projects. And keep an eye on the Quad, and around campus generally. You never know what you might see!
In the spring semester, Danielle Yakle’s Sculpture, Fibers, and 3D classes joined forces to produce a set of sea creatures that hung in the library.
For about a month in late February and early March, jellyfish, whales, rays, and sharks prowled the atrium space. Thank you to the Art students who worked together to change the ambience of Pickler Memorial Library and the library authorities who were so welcoming to this public art project.
Suzy Williams earned her BFA in VisCom in 2008, and has found success by combining both areas. We just heard from her about what she has been doing. Suzy writes:
What has been exciting in my transition from full-time graphic design to textile design is seeing the two art forms connect so well. The Fibers Department was the original reason I chose Truman, but the convergence of design and technology I found in the VisCom department is what grabbed my attention in the end.
I now use the skills I learned in VisCom as a base for designing all of my quilts and patterns. I use Illustrator to layout my designs, choose colors and quickly and efficiently determine the math behind the sewing. InDesign is the program I use to layout the PDF patterns I sell.
I believe these foundational graphic design skills give me an added edge over other quilters and textile designers who do not have the tech background.
To give you an example of what I mean, here are both a digital sketch and a quilt of my design “Triangle Jitters.” This pattern is currently being sold in my online shop
Triangle Jitters, by Suzy Williams: Digital Pattern (left) and Final Quilt (right).
Three of my quilts were featured in QuiltCon 2016
this past February; they include Mod Mountains
and Modern Fans
. Mod Mountains
(below) received a third place award for handwork.”
Mode Mountains, by Suzy Williams (BFA 2008).
Congratulations, Suzy! It is always great to hear about the successes of our students.
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One of the nicest things about hanging around an Art Department (particularly ours!) is the constantly changing art on the walls. Here are some pictures of the latest work by students in our Fibers classes.
Fibers Students’ work on the walls of Ophelia Parrish Hall.
Taylor (Klein) Worley (BA Art History, 2009) as Max, from Where the Wild Things Are.
Art students celebrate Halloween enthusiastically because of all its creative potential (not to mention a bit of candy to enjoy). Those who overlapped at Truman with Taylor (Klein) Worley from 2005 to 2009 will remember her elaborate and convincing costumes. After she graduated with her Art History BA, Taylor completed her Master of Library Science at Emporia State University in 2012. She is now a Youth Services Librarian at Springfield Public Library in the Oregon Willamette Valley. She still enjoys going all out for Halloween, this year by entertaining children and parents alike with her convincing Max (Where the Wild Things Are) costume. She is pictured here at her library’s annual “Little Monster’s Bash!” event. Youth Librarianship lends itself creativity in many ways, but dressing up as beloved characters is one of Taylor’s favorites!Taylor (and we) wish you the Happiest of Halloweens! If you are an alum and have news (or Halloween pictures) to share, please write to us at email@example.com We’d love to hear from you.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.for an opening reception in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114). There will be refreshments, and photographer Dana Fritz will be in attendance.
We have three new exhibitions that will run simultaneously until November 20, 2015:
Dana Fritz: Shaping Nature
photography – in the main gallery
Shaping Nature includes two series by photographer Dana Fritz, Terraria Gigantica and Garden Views, in which the artist uses photography to investigate the ways in which humans display, represent, and shape nature in constructed and enclosed landscapes.
Anna Youngyeun: I feel funny, but I like it
drawings and fibers – in the cube
Truman alumna Anna Youngyeun’s exhibition I feel funny, but I like it includes drawings and fiber arts installations that use humor, play, and tactility to address issues of bodily and racial shame.
Chandra DeBuse: Fair Shares
ceramics – in the side gallery
In her show Fair Shares, Kansas City-based ceramicist Chandra DeBuse enlivens functional pottery with whimsical narratives.
From Tuesday, October 13 – Friday, November 20, three new shows will on display in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114). The opening reception will be Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.
- Dana Fritz, “Shaping Nature” will feature photography in the main gallery.
- Chandra DeBuse, “Fair Shares” will feature ceramics work in the side gallery.
- Anna Younguen (alum, Studio Art), “I feel funny, but I like it” will feature drawing and fibers work in the cube.
As always, University Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you at the opening or another gallery event soon! For more information about the gallery, including hours and contact information please visit: http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-the-art-department/art-gallery/.