|Happy Hollow Elementary School Art Room Carbon Footprint Dress, |
May 24th - June 5th
This Spring I was happy and honored to be hired by the Happy Hollow Elementary School in Wayland, MA as their artist-in-residence. They received a grant to have an artist come and talk to the students about using recycled materials in art, a topic that I am quite familiar with :).
|One of the many signs that greeted me at Happy Hollow|
This was such an incredible experience that it will not fit into just one blog post ~ so there be a few and here is part 1.
I met with art teacher Christine Soeltz in March to discuss my 'residency'. As usual my brain was buzzing with millions of ideas of things I could do :)
We decided that I would give a slide presentation to the grades about art that uses unique, recycled and non-traditional materials. I also wanted to create an interactive sculpture with which the students could help me and a memento that would stay at the school - (more about this is the next blog :).
I also felt that it would be a great occasion to install a carbon footprint dress (click here to read more about this series). During this 'residency' I had a specific place and a certain amount of time and the kids would be 'involved' in creating the dress. So after my first morning of lectures, with the help of MANY eager art students I installed a carbon footprint dress in the art room.
It was awesome how much all the students wanted to help!! and how excited they were about the project. I always like to add some details so we tried to put on an "H" for Happy Hollow. Of course Chris and I wondered how the 'dress' would survive in an elementary school's art room but it did and in fact it looks GREAT!!
We figured over a thousand people walked over, on top of the dress! When I finally took the dress back to my studio to take off the tape stencil - the dress was a wonderful color, showing the pattern of the floor as well as a few random marks from art supplies. The small tape details had not lasted long but as Chris and I told the students - this is an 'experiment'. That is what I love about the carbon footprint dress - it is a visual representation of the activity of the place and time that the dress is installed.
|Great detail at the edge of tape|
|the pattern of the floor as well as a few random marks from art supplies|
Stay tune for more from my marvelous residency @ Happy Hollow!
Happy weekend and stay cool!!!