July 1, 6 PM: Free presentation at St. John’s Sanctuary
July 2, 10 AM – 5 PM: Wood’s Hall (rain: St. John’s Basement)
Sherri Lynn Wood, an internationally-known textile and quilt artist, will offer a presentation open to the community July 1st at 6 pm at St John’s Church Sanctuary where she will share her experience as an Artist in Residence at Recology San Francisco. Recology provides the collection and disposal of municipal solid waste, recycling, and compost with the mission to shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. The Artist in Residence program offered Sherri Lynn Wood an unique art and education experience giving her access to discarded items and studio space. Quoting from a press release:
During her residency, Sherri Lynn Wood has focused on the concept of “making do” as a creative strategy for survival after system collapse. Wood stresses the potential power in this practice—not merely learning to use what one has to get by, but instead activating a level of creativity that may only be possible when we are freed from unlimited choice. Trusting that the dump pile will provide, and accepting the limitations it sets, Wood has constructed a series of quilts that are connected to this art form’s roots in scarcity.
On the day following her presentation (July 2nd), a drop-in, Reimagine workshop will be held between 10 am and 5 pm outside of Woods Hall (rain location St. John’s Basement) hosted by Mary Whittaker. Prior to the workshop, community members are invited to shop at Island Closet (located at the Materials Recovery Facility grounds) or their own closets to find items that might be destined for the landfill to bring to the workshop. There, they will learn to reimagine and remake them into a new useful item. Things to consider might be jeans, shirts, clothes, linens, napkins, table coverings, sheets, fabric, etc. Basic sewing tools, sewing machines, and irons will be provided at the workshop. No previous sewing experience required – just your creativity!
The community will have an opportunity to display their creations for viewing during an exhibit hosted at St John’s Church during the month of September. Information for participating in the exhibit will be available at the workshop and on social media.
Questions contact Mary Whittaker email@example.com.
This project is supported by a grant from the LaPointe Center, which has received its funding from the people of this community, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the State of Wisconsin.