Mixed media in Donna Brown’s natural dye class.
Penland’s 2014 Core Fellows at the opening of their wonderful exhibition at Northlight on October 10. Click here for a slideshow with pictures from the opening and a few pieces by each person.
The core fellows (left to right) are Joshua Kovarik, Jamie Karolich, Emily Rogstad, Sarah Rachel Brown, Will Lentz, Tyler Stoll, Meghan Martin, Angela Eastman, Audrey Bell.
Printmaking instructor Amanda Lee demonstrating the wonders of the pin registration system. Yeah, that sounds kind of unexciting — unless you are planning to make multicolor prints and you’d like things to line up really well, in which case you’d be as enthralled as Amanda’s students.
We’re having a great week at Penland. It’s our first-ever core retreat (and reunion) — an open-studio week for current and former core fellows. You can look for a few blog posts from the week and we’ve turned our Instagram feed over to former core fellow Rachel Garceau. Check the Instagram hashtag #penlandcoreretreat.
Interested in becoming a Penland core fellow? Learn more about this two-year program in craft here. We have four fellowships available beginning in 2015, and applications are due next month: October 15, 2014.
Textiles student Kim Mirus chisels a small channel to inlay silver wire after watching a demonstration in the technique by Kiyoko Fujie, at left. At right is metalsmith Hiroko Yamada, longtime Penland instructor and friend, who invited Kiyoko to Penland along with a group of female metalsmiths from Japan. (We’ll have more about Hiroko’s presence at Penland this summer in a future blog post.) Kiyoko is part of the first generation of female metalsmiths to apprentice with Japanese masters.
Our annual benefit auction was last weekend, and it’s impossible to represent with one picture. So instead of attempting that, we’re just posting a favorite picture. This is volunteer Julie Elkins in her elaborately decorated auction T-shirt carefully transporting one of the 192 water-filled glass globes that made up Pablo Soto’s beautiful auction centerpieces (4 globes per table). The auction was great and we’ll post a report in a few days when we have firm numbers. If you want to see more auction pictures, there is an album here.