This Inheritance Project gratitude post is overdue; three of these “boxes of mystery” came over the summer and now we’re hurtling towards the equinox. But. Each contributor already received a thank you card and a handmade gift…I think I’m up to 70 of those teeny tiny doilies…so this post is the bigger thank you I share with the world.
First, here’s a little update: I stopped officially accepting items for the Inheritance Project a year ago, after 13 months of receiving crowd-sourced domestic linens from people all over the world (except this didn’t mean shipments stopped coming). I’ve been working steadily all this time and so many incredible opportunities have arisen from this project’s raw material:
- work accepted into Quilt National 2017
- a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award Project Grant
- a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant
- a pop-up studio a few months ago and a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum (May – Sept. 2018)
- another at the new Alaska State Museum in Juneau (Dec. 2017 – Feb. 2018)
- a series of workshops at the Anchorage Museum this fall and winter (more on that to come)
- and most importantly, incredible connections, correspondence and friendships with contributors and interested people from all over the world.
For those of us who work with cloth, and older cloth in particular, the pull is powerful. It's no surprise we somehow find each other.
Tante Sophie et Cie.
“They are all old…unknown makers…found…treasured…released for your making.”
In an hour and a half, we talked about everyone from Kara Walker to Radcliffe Bailey to Sharon Louden to Rudolf Steiner. It was a 6-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon conversation and one I wish could have continued for another 8 hours. When I get down to Atlanta some day, I’m looking you up, lady.
For a complete list of ALL the boxes of mystery, click here. I’m in the process of distilling quotes from several years’ worth of correspondence…if you were a Contributor, I may be contacting you to get your permission to use your words in some capacity. (Remaining anonymous is ok). To experience all the voices in a single stream is incredible.