For a week in October and a weekend in November, Chicago-based artist Jacqueline Surdell camped out in the sunny southeast corner of Social STUDIO to share her hybridized knotted-rope technique with STUDIO visitors.
Surdell draws inspiration from her family’s athletic and artistic legacies. Her work makes use of knotted rope, painting, found-object sculpture, performance, video, and installation. During her STUDIO residency, Surdell oversaw three stations. One was a large framed weaving inspired by a cat’s eye. Another featured strands of double helixes hanging from the ceiling. The third was a Gordian knot perched on a pedestal.
During Open Studio Hours in October, STUDIO visitors asked Surdell questions, exchanged ideas, and sharpened their own knot-tying techniques by adding to the Gordian knot. Many made knotted keychains on Family Day in November.
Residency dates / October 13-20 and November 22-23, 2019
Taylor Wright Rushing was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was introduced to craft while working as a production glass blower in the Pacific Northwest. He apprenticed under a custom carpenter in the United Kingdom and played in a professional old-time string band in Austin, Texas.
Rushing was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in the summer of 2016. In the spring of 2019, he was an artist-in-residence at the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. Rushing holds a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s woodworking department. He has shown his work nationally, including at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas and the Red Bull Art House in Detroit. Rushing is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he repairs violins, whittles, and is learning to grow blue-ribbon watermelon.
Vanessa Andrew is a Milwaukee-based fiber artist, illustrator, community educator, and clothing designer. She runs a Brewer's Hill boutique that sells handmade and vintage clothing and offers custom sewing and alterations. Her approach to clothing and textiles raises awareness about conservation and child labor issues in our consumer society.
Vanessa Andrew’s fiber practice promotes self-sufficiency and slow, conscious consumerism through repurposing recycled fabrics into utilitarian objects. When left with small scraps of fabric that are too small to sew together, she creates with a process she has named Wacky Stitching. Look around your home for unused fabric and fabric scraps and imagine what utilitarian object you might create with Wacky Stitching!
Stay tuned for a studio tour of Vanessa’s shop, studio, and for a glimpse at a few of the objects she has created with this method. Share your Wacky Stitching project #jmkaccares