All Stitched Up Book Arts Symposium, November 2, 2019, 9:00-3:00pm, Collins Library and the Tahoma Room

November 2
9:00 to 3:00pm
Collins Memorial Library and the Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall: University of Puget Sound

Registration is required for this event and details concerning registration costs will be posted soon.

Collins Memorial Library in collaboration with Puget Sound Book Artists is pleased to sponsor a one day Symposium associated with the All Stitched Up exhibition.

This one day event will focus on the creative process and feature a number of artists represented in the show.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Adele Patrick, co-founder and Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library:  The threads that bound a spine: art, texts and collaboration in the making of a women’s library.

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Adele Patrick to Tacoma. She is an energetic leader in the arts and her work has inspired and enabled women artists throughout the UK to share their stories.  Her work as an artist and advocate will inspire you and reflect our exhibition them of collaboration. Dr. Patrick has been developing innovative, participatory cultural projects rooted in equalities for over 25 years. A co-founder of Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) Adele has had a leadership role in forging this influential, change making organization in the Museums sector. Trained as an  embroidery and woven textile designer at Glasgow School of Art (where she subsequently taught Gender, Art and Culture), her doctoral research at University of Stirling focuses on feminism and self-fashioning. In 2016 Adele was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the School and from Strathclyde University and was Scotswoman of the Year. Continually collaborating with artists, writers and other creatives Adele received the Engage Scholarship for Excellence in Gallery Education also in 2016. In 2018 she began a Clore Leadership Fellowship, her current Post Fellowship research (in collaboration with Goldsmiths, London) focuses on feminist leadership approaches.

Lucy Childs:  Book Artist, Sewn Stories: Using Thread to Build Narratives

From top: Emma Lazarus 3, North Beach On Quiet Island.v2,
Whatever Happened To Louisa.v1_02, Whatever Happened To Louisa.v3

Lucy Childs is an accomplished artist based in the California Bay area whose work embraces stitching and embroidery. She began exhibiting her artwork, including paintings, sculpture, and artist’s books, in the mid-70s; and in 2014 began using embroidery as her medium. This new work includes a murder mystery, a series depicting life on the imaginary Quiet Island, and a five-panel narrative showing the gradual healing of an open wound. Lucy moved to the Bay Area to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating in the mid-70s; and she now lives now in Martinez, California, with her husband and their Maine coon cat, Scoobie. Of her practice, Lucy states:  “My embroidered work includes artist’ books and wall pieces: narratives, landscapes and maps, and conceptual pieces about rips and mending or borders and edges. I experiment with stitches, color, patterns, narratives, and concepts.” Find more about Lucy Childs: For her artist books, she is represented by The Kelmscott Bookshop, Baltimore Maryland.

The Symposium will also feature a panel of artists represented in the exhibition that will explore aspects of collaboration and the art of stitching as well as feature a series of short talks by individual artists.

The Symposium will commence in the morning at Collins Library with the opportunity to view the exhibition and to hear some opening remarks by Catherine Alice Michaels.  We will then move to the Symposium space for presentations and lunch.

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