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re:what kind of artist are you

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Barbara Hall (bahall)
Sun, 22 Mar 98 23:34:34

I am an Arkansas Art educator who has been reading these posts for a
little over a month now and I would rather not be lumped in with the 685
or so individuals who read but don't post so here goes...

I suppose I am one of those mixed media artists, for the past few years I
have been making things out of clay and found objects, it is a little more
complicated than that but I won't bore you...for the last year I have been
obsessed with quiltmaking, not the traditional kind, more like what can I
run through my sewing machine without completely tearing out the guts
kind. I come from a tradition of sewing and quiltmaking and am pleased to
carry this on in my family ( although my grandmother...who I collaborated
with in my last show is still sort of plesantly baffled by my quilt works
I am 29 and have had a few one -person shows and been in several group
shows, right now I am really concentrating on learning and developing my
sewing and surface design methods on fabric before I tackle another
gallery show. It has been difficult to teach public school full time and
make art but I would not trade the experience for anything. I love to
share the ideas and the objects I am working on with my students. It also
helps me to remember what a struggle making art can be therefore I think I
am more sensitive to the struggles of my students. I believe they respect
me and the art making process more because I am practicing what I preach.
I suppose I am an Art Educator and an artist.
sorry to ramble, see you in Chicago, also I just got back tonight from New
Orleans where I saw the " Sacred Arts of Haitian Voodoo " show at NOMA.
Pretty cool...did anyone else see it at one of the other venues ?

Amanda Linn
ps anyone else out there running unidentified objects through their sewing
machines please e-mail me privately, I would most enjoy speaking with you.