One-week workshop led by Ellie Richards. Working from the starting place of woodcarving and bending alongside mechanical and traditional joinery methods, we will explore object making.
The objects and spaces we navigate are filled with latent potential for redefinition. Working from the starting place of woodcarving and bending alongside mechanical and traditional joinery methods, we will explore object making steeped in humor, absurdity, and the capacity for transformation. Architecture, the environment, and found materials will be prompts for inventive, improvisational building strategies that speak to specificity of place, partnerships, and people. Participants will define the technical parameters of their work based on site and material choices, with the goal of finding strategies where a personal and proliferating source of conceptual and technical fodder abound. All levels welcome.
Ellie Richards has traveled extensively to investigate the role play and improvisation have on the artistic process — most recently to Ghana, where she apprenticed in a workshop on building hollow forms in wood. Her work, both furniture and sculpture, has been in exhibitions at the Mint Museum; Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; SOFA Chicago; and the Society of Contemporary Craft. After receiving an MFA from Arizona State University, Richards was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch, Peters Valley, the Appalachian Center for Craft, and the Vermont Studio Center, and was the wood studio coordinator at Penland, 2015 – 2019. This year Richards was awarded Windgate residencies at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia and San Diego State University. ellie-richards.com @ellieinthewoods
Scholarship application deadline: March 1, 2020
General application deadline: April 1, 2020