I few months ago I received a commission through PS Art Consultants to make artwork for the Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton CO., If you follow my work you will know that I use old clothing and other textiles to bring my ideas and concepts to life. Textiles are a joy for me to work with. The range of colors, textures, and patterns available are vast and so many stories are woven into every textile we touch. Stories known and unknown. Stories from people around the globe that where apart of bringing us the textiles we use everyday! The next time you get dressed check out where your clothes were made and you will see that we wear the world on our backs, ( stay tuned for future posts on my latest collaborative project that digs into global textile stories as well as our own).
Back to the Medical Center....so I thought, why not invite the staff of the Medical Center to add a piece of their story to the art they will look at everyday. I requested some donations of textiles and to my delight the staff was on board with the idea. Last Friday I got a box of clothes and scarves which I have already begun to add to the piece. I hope they will be pleased with the result!
AVA, Gillette Wyoming's community art center, has a yearly gala and art auction to raise money for the center. Two of my pieces were selected to be apart of this event. They have been carefully boxed up and shipped via FedEx to Gillette. It's always a bit tense when I send artwork through the mail even though I worked hard to make the boxes as sturdy as possible with lots of padding and a whole roll of silver duct tape. Not pretty but functional.
Here's to hoping they get there on time, in good shape and bring in some support for AVA.
Georgia Rowswell is a mixed media artist living and working in Cheyenne WY.