Needed a break from the map project so I started working on the Oak Titmouse below. I've got lots of these in the garden right now eating the dried out sunflower seeds.
Hosted an embroidery workshop. Small turn-out makes for an intimate class. Folks started by learned basic stitches and then each person chose their own design to put the stitches into practice. Thanks to all who came! Next class is in September. I'll keep y'all posted!
Folks are trickling in and the Map is filling with journeys of ancestors, present day mortals, and large masses of hominin migrating across the globe. Last night the MAH hosted the Bodies festival. I learned of some new mass migrations and will be adding those to the map today. Two people requested I add the general dispersal of hominin (early humans) according to the current major theory of evolution and migration.
I also stitched on various contemporary mediterranean migrant routes to accompany the route of Alexander the (not so)Great and the Silk trade route. See below...
Above is the world map - embroidered and mildly inaccurate! Please stop by the museum to add your stories! If you have ideas for historical routes I should add, let me know with a comment here!
Week One at the MAH
This week marked Week One of my six weeks as Resident Artist at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. The idea of the residency is for museum visitors to see the artist's process and to participate in that process. My co-residents this week are Abigail Han and Kevin Delaney. I haven't seen Abigail in action yet but Kevin has been wildly crafting poems, editing the works of others, and having pleasant poetic conversations. Other artists will be rotating through, including Grant Wilson who is awesome!!!!!
Above is an embroidered map of North America included on the larger world map which is about 5 feet X 13 feet in dimension. I'm inviting museum goers to to share their personal stories of movement and migration, historical migrant routes and contemporary migrant routes. All of info is then embroidered on the map. Visitors are invited to embroider onto the map directly, though only one person has taken me up on my offer (Thank you Brandon!).
Tell Your Story box is here for people to drop their migrant/movement stories when I'm not in the studio.