We just wrapped up the Wave Pool FY2020 Annual Report! This was a dream project, where I got to work with Cal Cullen, one of the co-founders of this dynamic Cincinnati non-profit. Not only was I charged with designing this 36 page book, but illustrating the portraits throughout.
Wave Pool had an unprecedented year and was able to EXPAND their programs while helping the community beyond art programs, with food delivery and financial support. They’re located in an old fire house, so I proposed the idea of using fire fighter imagery in the report, as a parallel of Wave Pool saving the community, like fire fighters do.
I went to Vermont at the end of the summer with the goal of decreasing anxiety by spending time in nature and making something new with my hands. I stayed in a cabin on Lake Sadawga and immersed myself in learning how to do punch needle embroidery. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with my family outdoors.
I make lots of drawings and am intrigued by the idea of spending more time with my favorite compositions beyond the initial sketches. I have made paintings, papier mache figures and suitcase diorama environments and was open for something completely different. I fell in love with watching artists using tufting guns on you tube. I researched supplies needed and learned through making mistakes and this fall completed 6 pieces so far! I am using a small needle punch tool, not a tufting gun. I am certainly not done learning and that’s a BIG part of the fun and challenge.
I am thrilled to be showing a few of these pieces at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Thank you Bill Thelen of the Drawing Room for presenting this new work!