Professor Danielle Yakle demonstrates the process of batik to Truman students
In conjunction with the “Wandering Sprit: African Wax Prints” exhibition currently up in the gallery, we hosted a small batik workshop in the fibers studio. Indonesian batik textiles severed as the inspiration for the nineteenth-century industrial Dutch imitations that became what we call African wax print fabric today. Fibers professor Daniel Yakle and Fibers club students walked students through how to apply layers of wax resist to create patterns on dyed cotton. The results were stunning!
Chetanae Ellison waves to the camera, enjoying her experimentation in wax painting on cloth.
Stephen Poindexter paints in wax on a scarf.
Lee Gardunia shows off a completed batik project.
Exciting news! Elisabeth Held’s relief print “St. Dolly” and Machayla Poe’s fiber work “Fried” have been selected for the 2020 Student Union Building purchase prize! Each year, staff and students who work at the Student Union vote on two artworks from the Juried Student Exhibition to purchase for permanent display in the SUB. It was a tight vote because there are so many strong works in this year’s Juried Student Exhibition, up until September 29th.
Maggie Adams’ hand-felted installation work Digestive Gestation was accepted into Future Tense 2020. The show will be on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, from August 13 – October 27.
Maggie Adams, Digestive Gestation
Future Tense 2020 celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. This exhibition was juried by Stefanie Gerber, current director of the North Carolina Glass Center, and Rena Wood, Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
A full online exhibition of Future Tense 2020 will be live soon.
Truman is in to its summer season, with Joseph Baldwin Academy students on campus and incoming students visiting us to register for their fall classes. We welcome all of you, and hope those who are students already (and alumni) are having a great summer, whether working or interning, or just hanging out at the beach and painting or reading a really good book!
We look forward to seeing new and returning students here in the fall. May you have a wonderful summer wherever you may be.
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.
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.