2017 Penland Benefit Auction Centerpiece Artist
As a Core Fellow in the summer of 2015, I was looking in many studios to develop a passion for some new medium I had not yet to found. When Amanda Thatch stated, “Your ceramic designs look like woven twills; I think you should try a weaving class,” I went out on a whim and enrolled in a weaving class taught by Bhakti Ziek. While threading my first loom and before I even began weaving, I knew I had found something that felt right. I found comfort and excitement in the technical aspects of weaving—the logic, drafting, numbers, counting, patience, and focus felt like home. As I put on my third warp in that session, Bhakti told me two things I'll never forget with the utmost sincerity: “Your eyes literally lit up when you threw that first weft shot” and “This warp, Daniel, I wish it was mine.” Now these are simple words of encouragement from an instructor that adores teaching beginners, but the sincerity was powerful enough to encourage my pursuit in textiles. The Core Fellowship changed my trajectory in positive ways I would never have predicted entering the program as a ceramic artist. Textiles are without doubt the passion I was searching for, and I would like to recognize a few textile artists that guided my new-found direction during my Core Fellowship. I will be forever grateful for the mentorship and talents of Bhakti Ziek, Mary Zicafoose, Catharine Ellis, Joy Boutrup, Luke Haynes, Robin Muller, Amanda Thatch, and Rachel Meginnes. Thank you.