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Inaugural Winter includes a survey of work inspired by the winter season while I was living in Farmington, Maine. I grew up in Virginia and moved to Maine from Baltimore, and thus had never experienced such a long winter with increasingly difficult weather conditions. I see most of these pieces as timelines: ways of counting down or dissecting the length of the winter into smaller, more manageable increments. Living and working in rural Maine reignited my interest in textiles and my use of wool was important to not only keeping warm in my daily life but also to referencing the former wool industry in Farmington. Idyllic Landscape Unit represents the absolute best part of Maine: the summer. This piece serves as a reminder that for those three, short months of the summer season, western Maine truly is “Vacationland.” Downtime Rivers: 6 Weeks Until Spring is a project that began on Groundhog Day when Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Each river was knitted over a weeklong period during any downtime I had between teaching, grading, etc. The longer the river, the more cooped up I was during that week. While the 6th river ended on the official final day of winter, the wrath of Maine’s winter continued for another 5 weeks or so. The physical and psychological effects of cold and darkness were brutal. I encourage viewers to visit my blog, Inaugural Winter, to see data I collected throughout the winter and also read notes about my experience.

Myth
Felted wool, Contact paper
2014
Idyllic Landscape Unit
Mixed media
2014
Inaugural Winter
Digital print
2016
Inaugural Winter
Hand sewn, needle-felted dyed wool quilt
2014