Confluence 2011 Podcasts - Anna Carlson

Fear Not, Alternative Forms of Critique

Anna Carlson, Birch,  detail

Anna Carlson
June 10, 2011, Minneapolis, MN

“My artistic journey began as a child; I loved to make paper dolls and cut out dresses from wallpaper sample books.” From 1990–2006, Anna Carlson showed her clothing collections across the country in prestigious art/craft shows, galleries, and specialty boutiques. Current work with dimensional surfaces combines her interests in merging hand and digital processes. A full-time MFA student and surface design instructor, Carlson also maintains a studio practice, with projects spanning from bedding and rug designs to historic textile reproductions.


Click here to listen to the podcast!

(This is a large file and may take a few minutes to download. Please be patient - we think you'll find it worth it!)

 


Interested in learning more?
Click here to download a list of links
Click here to download handout

Presentation Report

Anna Carlson, a self-described Twin Cities person, presented her ideas about critiques to an audience at the Surface Design conference. Carlson is a studio artist who has maintained a studio in St. Paul for 15 years. She is both a student and a teacher at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. She teaches surface and apparel design and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree. These roles of practicing studio artist, teacher and student place her in a unique position to tackle the challenging issue of critiquing art works and students` progress.

The critique has become a standard part of the art teaching curriculum. Artists as well often experience critiques of their works either formally, through reviews, or informally by participating in study groups or review groups. Yet the process is often unsatisfactory. Carlson’s methods are aimed at eliminating fear and making the critique formative: to take place before the work is finished. Carlson provided a detailed handout setting out the goals and objectives to be achieved in the critique. These were supported by a comprehensive bibliography. This presentation benefitted both educators and artists.

Ingrid Lincoln
B.A. (Hons) Middlesex University, London, England

 

SDA Buzz

Get your daily fiber fix here.
Send your textile arts news to:
SDAbuzz [at] surfacedesign [dot] org

Facebook
Looking for a textile-arts focused employment opportunity? Love building relationships, networking & new products? Consider becoming SDA's new Advertising Manager. Details here:


SDA Seeks New Ad Manager
www.surfacedesign.org



Facebook
Congratulations to SDA Member, Karen D. Miller Studio, on her upcoming solo exhibit at Shenkman Arts Centre / Centre des arts Shenkman, and on her work gracing the cover of #Ottawa's official 2015 art galleries guide! More info: http://www.surfacedesign.org/events/frame-fraym


Timeline Photos
Feeling super, super excited right now! I went to pick up the new City of Ottawa galleries guide for the upcoming session so that I could see my exhibit listing and to my complete surprise look who is on the front cover!!!! :)



Facebook
The wondrous netted installations of Janet Echelman -- in this interview with Marci Rae McDade, Editor of Surface Design Journal: http://www.surfacedesign.org/newsblog/janet-echelman-the-complete-interview


www.surfacedesign.org
www.surfacedesign.org
Sculptor Janet Echelman rarely has time to give talks - but she accepted SDA's invitation.




Facebook
Nick Cave - Visual Artist on Kuba cloths, as part of The Artist Project, new from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Nick Cave on Kuba cloths | The Artist Project Season 1 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

'I think sometimes simplicity is the most powerful form.'




Facebook
SDA Member Spotlight: Nancy Nakamoto. View Nancy's and many other members' work in SDA Image Gallery: http://www.surfacedesign.org/users/nancy-nakamoto

Nancy is also the Arizona State SDA Rep.





Facebook
This one is a MUST share. Via BBC News: "The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts."


www.bbc.com
www.bbc.com
The Aymara women of Bolivia are using their centuries-old knitting and weaving skills to make parts to help children with holes in their hearts.




Facebook
Is your application for MATERIALITIES: Contemporary Textile Arts Catalogue & Exhibition ready yet? We encourage you to submit work of any size or format that demonstrates innovative use of textile media. Any textile technique or material is acceptable, including the use of nontraditional materials and time arts, such as video and sound. Get MORE INFO here: http://www.surfacedesign.org/subpage/call-entries-members-catalog-exhibition





Facebook
New 2015 work from Surface Design Association member artists: Elizabeth Fram http://www.surfacedesign.org/users/elizabeth-fram





Facebook
Mixed media workshops with SDA member Hollie Heller at Art Retreat Tamarindo in Costa Rica.


Hollie Heller

This video is about Hollie Heller




Facebook
Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette at Bard Graduate Center opens April 3, 2015. http://bit.ly/1N6u0BX


Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette

April 3–July 26, 2015 at Bard Graduate Center Gallery More: http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-at-bgc/fashioning-the-body.html Having garnered high accl...




Facebook
SDA Member Julie B. Booth teachers several surface design classes, including "Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth", where students explore personal symbolism to create a richly stitched and meaningful cloth. A report from Julie's recent class: http://bit.ly/1brGXbO


Julie B Booth: Healing Cloth Workshop
www.threadbornblog.com



Facebook
Congratulations to Shannon Stratton on her appointment as Chief Curator at MAD | Museum of Arts and Design! Stratton holds MFA (Fiber & Material Studies) and MA (Art History) from SAIC. She joins MAD after 12 years as founder and executive director of Threewalls, a Chicago contemporary arts org.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Events
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni


Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Shannon Stratton as New Chief Curator
madmuseum.org



Facebook
Final days to nominate outstanding students for SDA awards recognizing innovation in textile media. http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involved/apply-sda-award-grant


2014 SDA Outstanding Student Awards

2014 Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Award Recipient. For information on this year's award opportunities, go to: http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involved/apply-sda-award-grant




Facebook
Women to watch in the art world:


25 Women Curators On the Rise
news.artnet.com



Facebook
What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Genius Awardee Teresita Fernández’s Commencement Address, via Brain Pickings.


www.brainpickings.org
www.brainpickings.org
"Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you




Facebook
Summer 2015 Workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: Feltmaking, Basketry, Weaving, and more. http://bit.ly/1CNrNII

Triangles in Grey, Red, Gold, White, Browns and Blue by HAYSTACK INSTRUCTOR Christy Matson, 2012.





Facebook
#ThrowbackThursday The cover of Surface Design Association Journal from Spring 1993: Painting on Silk. Artist: Linda Raffel





Facebook
SDA Member Spotlight: Janine Thornton (Applique on cotton). View Janine's + many other members' work in SDA Image Gallery: http://www.surfacedesign.org/users/janine-thornton





Facebook
4 more weeks to see "Women Fashion Power" at Design Museum in London. For exhibitions, conferences, workshops & other events, visit Surface Design Association calendar: http://www.surfacedesign.org/calendar/calendar





Background image by Elin Noble