I have been asked to write about this event for a while and I have refrained because words cannot even describe how important this art instillation was to me. It was important on a professional level because as a former psychiatric nurse, I have seen a lot of people who have been depressed and suicidal. Personally, I have had my share of trauma, but as I have said before, textiles have greatly helped me.
The art instillation was covered on WCIU. There was an anthology made about the event. It was a mixed media art instillation. We had to write five pages on nonfiction or poetry. Then we had to make a visual piece of our choice in any genre (collage, paint, pottery, clay, photography, textiles, etc.). I learned how to complete a grandmother’s flower garden quilt (finally!).
The event was held on the seventh floor of Macy’s on State Street. There were art stations and we had to demonstrate to people how we made our pieces. Someone I didn’t know decided to paint a picture of sunflowers, inspired by my art quilt and I took a picture in front of it.
The food was incredible. My hairdresser dyed my hair 10 shades lighter than I wanted it to be. My black patent platform high heels were completely uncomfortable. It was my first art instillation in nearly seven years, but I personally felt great things came to me because I waited. My identity as a mixed media artist became more solidified by participating in this project. It definitely got me thinking about the possibilities that existed for me as a mixed media artist.