06 Jan

Army Wife and Friends at Etui Fiber Arts

February is shaping up to be a big month for my art. I’ll have work in at least one, but maybe two group shows at my local art center, McGuffey. I’m participating in Virginia Spiegel’s Fiber Art for a Cause 100 fundraiser. And… I’m having a solo show at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, NY. It’s a lovely gallery in a charming neighborhood, and they have luxurious yarns too! The show will include pieces from my Army Wife series and my Americana series. I’ll be there to set up the show and for a festive Sunday afternoon reception. I would love it if anyone within a stone’s throw of New York would come join me and see my work in the cloth. It’s so much better than photos! Seriously, this Flag is awesome.

 

Home Fires at Etui

 

 

30 Sep

Homefront & Downrange Gets Press

My show, The Army Wife will be growing bigger and better in North Carolina next June. My work will be paired with photos by Hunter Rudd, and hopefully selected pieces by The Combat Paper Project. The Arts Council of Moore County, our venue, will also be hosting a military appreciation day in conjunction with the show opening, and hopefully will be able to coordinate a community workshop project with the Combat Paper Team. At this point, we are all looking for help in funding this event, and to that end, the Moore County newspaper, The Pilot, has been kind enough to write an informative front page article about us! Already it has garnered ACMC at least one generous donation. I am so excited to see this show come together, and to see it reach out to an entire community. I’m especially thankful to Chris of ACMC and my friend Nanette who conceptualized the event and are doing the lion’s share of coordination work to make it happen.

 

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Welcome Home, Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

 

Somewhat related, I have been invited to show a few pieces (Suck it Up and three aprons) at the annual Arts and Healing exhibit at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. I’ve also been asked to speak about my work on October 16th. The event is at 3:00 for anyone who would want to come. Last year(ish), two aprons were on display across the street at the National Institutes of Health. Through that opportunity, I met the director of the Healing Arts show (and much much more) at Walter Reed. You really never know where connections will come from and what they will lead to. I’m still working on what I want to say. I have no problem talking about the evolution of my work, but I’m less confident when it comes to how my work relates to healing. The Army Wife series came out of frustration and anonymity, and though it wasn’t exactly cathartic, I think it came from a similar place as work that is typically considered cathartic. Good thing I have a few weeks still to figure it out.

31 Jul

Homefront & Downrange

Suck it Up

Suck it Up

 

If you missed my Army Wife exhibit last September in Charlottesville, VA, there’s a second chance to see it next summer at the Arts Council of Moore County near Ft Bragg, NC! To make the exhibit even more special, I’ll be teamed up with photographer Hunter Rudd and selected pieces from the Combat Paper Project. It’s going to be a wonderful community event. I’m very excited to be able to share my work again with a larger audience and I’m especially happy that the exhibit will bring together the military and civilian communities in the area.

At this point, the Arts Council need to do some fundraising — mostly to get the Combat Paper pieces (and hopefully a workshop!) on loan, but also to help facilitate getting me and my work to NC. They have come up with a wonderful sponsorship program. I am happy to send specifics to anyone who is interested — please comment or email me if you or someone you know would like to participate and I will email you the PDF that is also attached below plus the other information it references.

HOMEFRONT & DOWNRANGE:Witness the Art in Military Life

June 5-July 10, 2015 | Campbell House Galleries Art Exhibit Description:

Using art as a catalyst for conversation, HOMEFRONT & DOWNRANGE: Witness the Art in Military Life will be an art exhibit that will take a deep and personal look at several aspects of military life: An Army wife’s story through narrative textiles by Kristin La Flamme, a soldier’s story through photographs by Hunter Rudd, and the story of returning home from war through artwork selected from the Combat Papers Collection.

As our first art exhibit specifically focused on military life, the Arts Council of Moore County wishes to share the exhibit with the entire Sandhills community. We also hope the exhibit will honor our military’s sacrifices and service for the freedom we all enjoy.

In order for this exhibit to occur, we need financial support from sponsors. Homefront & Downrange Sponsor (short)

07 Sep

The Army Wife at McGuffey Art Center

Last night was the opening reception for my show at McGuffey Art Center. Also at the Art Center is the Charlottesville Watercolor Guild’s annual show, so there was a sizable turnout for the evening. I don’t think the evening could have gone any better. Well, it would have been fantastic to sell a piece, but I wasn’t really expecting to anyway. I did sell two “catalogs” and made a connection which could open a door or two, so I consider that a success!

The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Absence II, Unaccompanied, and Medallion for an Army Family

Absence II, Unaccompanied, and Medallion for an Army Family

Be Strong Always, Unraveling, Medallion, and Welcome Home

Be Strong Always, Unraveling, Medallion, and Welcome Home

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Be Strong Always, Torn from the Roots, and Non-Entity

Be Strong Always, Torn from the Roots, and Non-Entity

These two are fairly recent pieces which I don’t think I’ve really shown. Welcome Home references the home made banners families tie to balconies and fences on post when soldiers return from deployments, and the cheap and cheerful dresses wives wear to the reunion.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Suck it Up and Drive on is a common saying in the military. Essentially it means stop whining because there’s nothing that’s going to change what you have to endure. It also dovetails nicely with the currently popular Keep Calm and Carry On posters from the UK which were originally meant to encourage a stiff upper lip in WWII in case of a German invasion. I love this quilt.

Suck it Up

Suck it Up

02 Sep

Hi September!

There’s lots of good stuff happening this month.

SAQA’s annual benefit auction is coming up soon, on Monday the 9th. I have a piece in it this year (on page 3b), as do many other member artists. There’s lots of beautiful pieces to look at, and maybe even purchase…

The Sketchbook Challenge theme is Houses and Hideaways and we’ll be doing a blog hop a little later in the month (stay tuned)…

Twelve Months, Sponsor's Social, Medallion for an Army Family, and Connections

And, we hung my show at McGuffey Art Center! I’ll take more photos soon, when all the lights are properly adjusted and the room is looking it’s best, and hopefully some “action” shots on Friday at the opening reception. Maybe I’ll get really tricky and do a video walk through. Speaking of walk-through, I’ll be giving an artist talk on Sunday the 15th, after which I invite any local SAQA members to come for a meet-up (I’m not sure exactly where yet, but I’ll find a local restaurant this week). In addition to my show, the Watercolor Guild is having it’s annual show in the hall galleries and there is some fabulous work.

Connections, Unraveling, Be Strong Always, Non-Entity, and Hanging by a Thread

23 Aug

Journeys

SCJourney4

 

This month’s theme on The Sketchbook Challenge blog is Journeys. You’d think that with all the traveling and visitors we’ve had this summer, I’d have a sketchbook full of journey drawings, but no. Instead, I’ve shared a journey of a different type. I use my sketchbooks most often as a step along the way from idea to finished art. With my show coming up, it seemed apropos to share Army Wife-related notes and thumbnails. So, go get a peek at my messy sketchbook pages and the finished textile narratives they led to here.

20 Aug

The Army Wife at McGuffey Art Center

This is it — the big one! An entire gallery filled with my Army Wife series. I have been imagining this show for probably four years now. I am both nervous and excited to invite everyone who can to come see the show during the month of September. Opening night is First Friday, the 6th, which should be great fun as all of McGuffey celebrates the new art hung in all it’s spaces each month. I’m also giving an artist’s talk on Sunday the 15th in which I hope to offer some insights to my processes and inspirations. Come see the show!

MAC postcard email

19 Jun

Assorted Work

First, I tried using my very accommodating husband as a stencil last weekend, spraying fiber reactive dye on him and the fabric. The whole process reminded me of why I don’t enjoy creating my own hand dyed fabrics. There’s prep that needs to be done to the fabric, and the dye needs to be mixed, so it’s not a very immediate process. I hate mixing dye because I don’t have a dedicated area, and the powder can get away from you soooo easily, and it is such a pain to try to clean. After spraying the fabric, I think we spent more time cleaning up my husband and the work area than it took to actually dye the fabric. He was vaguely blue for three days. And then, even after batching in the sun, under plastic, all day, the finished color on the fabric wasn’t half as intense as I had hoped. I think that the fabric just wasn’t saturated enough. It was a good experiment, but not one I feel the need to replicate. I like the painted prints much better, but even they have faded and scuffed after washing. I may do them again and not wash afterward. I still have one more thing to try though…

Blue Man

In other news, I finished the apron with a bajillion french knots. This photo is not the best (I’m experimenting with where and when to photograph things, and the sun is just in the wrong position with this combo). Anyway, I think it’s titled Non-entity, but I’m not sure yet. That means something to me, but I don’t think it clarifies anything to a viewer. For me it’s about being recognized only by one’s husband’s rank and social security number, but I’m not sure that comes through. It’s pretty though, so I’m generally happy with the piece.

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