With Melissa Potter, I am returning to the Republic of Georgia for part 2 of our Soros funded project, Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. We will be working with Women of Georgia, to create large scale felt banners with slogans that raise consciousness about women’s issues of health, economic security and well being.
This is one of the banners, being carried during the first International Women’s Day March ever held in Tbilisi, made by Melissa Potter and Ida Bakhturidze in January during our first workshops. Stay tuned, and plesae follow felt reports for the latest updates!
I’ve started new blog, What’s Your Baby? Visitors are invited to share their ‘baby’ : their passion, dream. Part of What’s Your Baby?, an installation that will be at The Fountains Foundation 916 that will be up soon! Please stop by and share your passion!
I have images of my newest work on my tumblr blog placing the embroidered baby dresses and rompers from Baby (not) On Board: the final prejudice? photographing them on hyper realistic baby dolls and mannequins. There are several series: the babies alone, self portraits with them (and me) flying babies and unpacking and assembling the mannequins.
Participants share Tushetian symbols in the felt they made during the workshop
Miriam Schaer will be presenting her project (with Columbia College Chicago colleagues Melissa Potter and Clifton Meador) Crafting Women’s Stories, Lives in Georgian Felt as part of the panel Concept and Craft: Handmade in the 21st Century, moderated by Alyson Pou, at Aljira, Saturday March 30, from 2-4 pm.
Ajira, A Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone (973) 622-1600
Baby (Not) On Board was listed as one of the top 12 posts in 2012, on Why No Kids? Top 12 of 2012 Virtual Davis asks about what is up for the future: stay tuned! I am starting to research traditional proverbs about childlessness, and childless women, so please send them along as you find them to email@example.com
To see the series: miriamschaer.com
Clifton Meador, Melissa Potter and I have started a blog on Tumblr about our project in the Republic of Georgia: please follow Felt Reports! http://feltreports.tumblr.com/
Along with Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, I am off to the Republic of Georgia, for our project Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. With funding from Soros Arts and Culture Foundation, and in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Georgia, we will be running workshops to make artist books from felt based on family stories. Stay tuned! I will post as often as possible-as our internet access maybe spotty at best!
Rules of Engagement, will be featured in Black Tongue Review Issue 3, coming out in the beginning of 2013! The series of twenty aprons pairs idealized women, transfer printed onto hostess aprons, with quotes from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. A copy of the artist book that features the series is available here
Eight Interarts Grad students participated in the test pilot workshop Melissa Potter and I ran, in preparation of our upcoming project Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt. This project is being supported by a Soros Arts and Culture Grant. Traveling to the Republic of Georgia, along with our colleague Clifton Meador in December, we will be running workshops with various women’s groups in Tblisi, as well as the Kakheti and Tusheti regions. We are partnering with The Women’s Fund of Georgia
Pilot Felt Workshop at Columbia College Chicago from Melissa Potter on Vimeo.
Selections from Baby (not) On Board: The Final Prejudice? will be included in Central Booking’s exhibit Feminism and the Artist’s Book, at 262 Court Street, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays, Oct.19 to Dec. 30, with an opening reception Friday, Oct. 19, 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are noon-6 pm, or by appointment; phone: 347-731-6559. I am planning on being at the opening, so if you are in the area, please stop by! The show is being curated by Maddy Rosenberg to run in conjunction with Materializing ‘Six Years’: Lucy Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, at The Brooklyn Museum.