ITE scholar’s residency

Posted for Heather Lineberry

It’s fascinating to see the way that a residency—new materials, place, experiences, and time—can change an artist’s work and thinking. Particularly a group residency. I just returned to Phoenix from my one-week scholar’s residency with the ITE and I am thankful to have had this access to the artists’ research and creative processes. As I went in and out of the studio, watching their work and asking questions, handling their materials and works, they revealed their strategies and their experimentation enabled by the two-month residency. Continue reading

Day 47: Woodturnings at Yale

2013 ITE Day 47, Friday July 19. We get up early for the 4-hour drive to New Haven as guests of the Collectors of Wood Art, to join their summer event. We assemble for lunch at the Yale University Art Gallery, and later we will tour its gorgeous installation of Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection, guided by the collectors themselves. But first, we get another treat: curator-guided tours of the university’s famous furniture study collection and of the newly renovated and expanded art museum itself. Curators Pat Kane and John Stuart Gordon were excellent guides, generously sharing their time and expertise as well as their enthusiasm.

My camera got stuck on the turned elements of colonial and Federal American furniture, as you’ll see in a moment. Continue reading

Day 41: Open Studio

Saturday July 13 2013. About 50 people show up for our Open Studio day, we get to show what we’ve been up to these recent weeks, and it’s great to get interested and positive feedback. Everyone is energized by the event. I have to confess, I got caught up in it myself and didn’t shoot as many photos as usual. Here’s what I did shoot: Continue reading

Nakashima and Esherick

Since starting the ITE I have experienced some wonderful moments, however to visit two of the most influential wood worker/ furniture makers places of work was a very sobering experience. They in themselves were very different, but had the common thread, their places of work were very personalised, each to his own. I’m not qualified to extol the virtues of either maker but these are my thoughts. Continue reading

Day 36: Go Phillies!

ITE day 36, July 7, 2013. Heather Lineberry, the ITE visiting scholar from Arizona State University, arrived over the weekend and spends the day on the studio meeting everyone and learning about their work. The group gets back to work after visiting the Nakashima studios in New Hope on Saturday. Continue reading

Day 32 – 33: Independence Day, and 24/7

July 4th, and the workshops were shut…what were we to do? Luckily our hosts, Albert and Tina came to the rescue to invite us to dinner. We didn’t invade their privacy with the camera; we’ll just say that a good time was had by all, and we spent a long time discussing their remarkable personal collection of art in all forms. A big thank you to both.

July 5th, and the UArts workshops re-open…24/7! Continue reading

American Association of Woodturners Symposium

Attended the AAW Symposium in Tampa Florida. Arrived at 11.30 am Thursday not really knowing what to expect. It soon was obvious that this was a major logistical nightmare to bring together, especially if items don’t arrive as planned. Friday the first day was surreal, there were people everywhere before the demonstrations and when they started it was like a ghost town. The trade area had every conceivable tool, jig, book, dvd, timber, T-shirts, lathe and any other woodturning related item…woody heaven. Continue reading

Lessons from the Museum

Yesterday we got to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a wonderful resource, but among the many treasures there, two rooms seemed particularly relevant to what we are trying to do on the ITE.

First off, the Brancusi room. This is just about the best collection of his sculpture anywhere outside Paris, but here they are perfectly displayed and easy to really look hard at. Continue reading