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2022–2023 American Swedish Institute Teaching Tools Grant
I have been awarded a teaching tools grant to create/purchase flax processing tools for use in upcoming classes and presentations at the American Swedish Institute and other venues. For this grant, I am purchasing the hardwood to make a tabletop flax brake that will be used to break down flax stalks for hackling into spinning fiber. I am also purchasing three graduated flax hackles that further separate flax fibers from the flax stalk so it may be spun.
Go to my blog at Blogspot.com to watch the progress of the making of the flax brake and other activities related to the grant.
An outdoor exhibition at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
a jury-awarded installation for Dirt-O-Rama, an outdoor exhibition, June – October, 2012
Wendy J. Johnson, Saga Hill Designs
Colleen Werdien (The Cat That Walks on Water)
Clark Babler (West End Welding)
Coat – Wool felt; dyed and undyed protein and cellulose fibers. Armature – steel pipe and wire.
It’s a perfect circle of life: As soil beautifully clothes the earth's mantle, soil also clothes us. Fibers used in clothing originate in the soil (directly or indirectly) and eventually become soil again. Earthly Coat encourages us to think about how we dress with “dirt” every day.
“High Voltage Above Wisconsin”
Alumni Invitational Exhibition
a digitally altered photograph shown at an exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, November – January, 2011
“1 in 10,000”
An outdoor installation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
a jury-awarded installation for Tree-ology, an outdoor exhibition, April–October, 2008
“1 in 10,000” refers to the statistical fact that only 1 out of 10,000 acorns survives to become a tree. Using 100 gazing globes of various sizes, resting under a majestic oak, this exhibit reflected on the incredible odds of this tree’s existence and encouraged the viewer to see themselves as present in the life of the tree.