Esther Mirjam Griffioen

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Esther Mirjam Griffioen

Esther Mirjam Griffioen is originally from Holland but currently living in Brittany, France.

She studied theatre science at the University of Utrecht and worked in Paris with the French storyteller Henri Gougaud. She has been a storyteller herself for twenty years now and a therapeutic harpist (CTHP from International Harp Therapy Program, San Diego, CA) for ten years. As such she is working with cancer patients during their chemotherapy, in palliative care services and with seniors who have Alzheimer's disease. For the latest group, she developed a “method,” mixing traditional story and music.

As a dreamer, she has been much interested in symbols, archetypes and their primal vibrations since her teens. Her work in the therapeutic field and passions lead to workshops in cooperation with cymatic expert Jeff Volk

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Having noticed that her therapeutic practice influences profoundly the way she accompanies other storytellers and poets with her harp and knowing from experience that the vibration of the music “carries” the words and opens up different worlds, she dreamt for long of making a solo performance in this sense but never found the time to do so. During the Varda Residency, she will be working on putting music to her favorite stories and train her brain to tell and play at the same time.

The two months will permit her to define herself more precisely as a performing artist and to work on a website.

Besides that, she would like to finish her second cd “Merisier, j’étais” she recorded last Autumn.  The cd will be accompanied by a booklet in French and English explaining what’s harp therapy about. The music is based on improvisations that came to life during therapeutic sequences in hospitals and is the departure point of the explanations.

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AMANDA KORDAL

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AMANDA KORDAL

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Mandy Kordal is a designer working and living in Brooklyn NY since her graduation from the University of Cincinnati DAAP in 2009. She has worked for ready to wear designers such as Trovata, JCrew, and Doori. After learning the ropes and discovering her passion for knitwear, she decided to buy her first knitting machine and create her own collection entitled Kordal Studio, where quality and ethical manufacturing are an integral part of the brand.

Mandy is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator program, a past Artist in Residence at the Textile Arts Center, and an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.

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Mandy exhibited at Invisible Dog Gallery in 2012 and her company Kordal Studio has been featured in The New York Times, German Vogue, Nylon Magazine, Timeout New York, Refinery29, and WWD.

During her residency at the VAR program, Mandy plans to begin a body of work using post-consumer materials such as fabric scraps, yarn, and trims to create speculative prototypes, bridging the gap between fashion design and activism.  Her hope is that these thought-provoking studies could then be incorporated into larger scale rugs and weavings; highlighting the beauty of recycled textiles while also fostering conversation around textile waste.

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Sam O'Farrell

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Sam O'Farrell

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Sam O'Farrell is an artist working predominantly with ceramics. Her most recent works are a humorous approach to the hobbyist culture of craft. Pointedly and playfully referencing ceramic archetypes, her work mediates objects and images by using loose sculptural forms merged with found imagery that gestures toward magic and folklore.

Sam O'Farrell lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, where she received her BFA Honours at RMIT University.  She has been a recipient of the Trudie Alfred Bequest by the Australian Ceramics Association, a finalist for the Tom Bass Prize.

Sam O'Farrell has exhibited work in LON Gallery, Junior Space, Long Division, Neon Parlour and Guild of Objects.

Sam O'Farrell has been featured in The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Ladies of Leisure and Vampir Magazine.

During her time at the residency, Sam will be engaged in a new body of work that explores sculptural storytelling which will be partly developed in the houseboat and completed at Mill Valley Pottery studio.

Sam and Varda Artists Residency would like to thank Mill Valley Pottery Studio for their generous support.

https://www.samofarrell.com/

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Ai Makita

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Ai Makita

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Sudden attack/ 203cm×152cm/ oil painting,  canvas / 2017

Ai Makita is an artist working with oil painting and digital media. Her recent works have focused on making organic images by using inorganic motif such as metal. She sometimes uses optical illusion in her painting.

Ai Makita lives and works in Tokyo, where she received an MFA from Tokyo Art University.

Ai Makita is a recipient of 18th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2015, as well as a grant from Pola Art Foundation, and participated in Residency Unlimited in 2017.

Ai Makita has exhibited in Consulate General of Japan in New York in May 2017, she has been featured in Fuji Sankei Communications at the time.

During her residency at the VAR program, Ai Makita will deepen the idea of organic/inorganic by combining the reflections of metallic objects and seascape on her paintings. 

https://www.ai-makita.com/

 Fragment / 220cm×338cm / oil painting on cloth, wooden board / 2017

Fragment / 220cm×338cm / oil painting on cloth, wooden board / 2017

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Caroline Kaufman - Returning Artist

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Caroline Kaufman - Returning Artist

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Caroline Kaufman is a New York City-based textile designer. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 2014 with a BFA in Fashion Design. The designer is known for her experimental textiles, hand painted prints, use of color, and playful point of view.

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Caroline carries a deep respect for storytelling and handcrafted art. She uses her painting practice to understand a limitless way of designing clothing and objects. Plants, animals, bikes, beetles, stripes, interiors, nostalgia, and dreams all provide inspiration for her craft. Her work finds a home in the space where art and design collide --the magic intersection of beauty and function.


Caroline's textiles and patterns have been used across fashion, homeware, accessories, stationery, murals, furniture, fabrics and many other dreamy surfaces. When she isn't in the studio she enjoys biking in the park, sitting in the sun, and cooking big slow savory meals.

On the boat, every part of life is art: waking up, eating an egg and toast on the dock, sweet conversations with other artists, sketching in the kitchen, and rowing out in the bay to say hello to the seals with one foot dragging in the water. These moments make up my time here at Varda Residency. I will continue to explore color through painting on paper and ‘painting’ with yarn. Daily life on the houseboat will seep into this practice, casting long-lasting inspiration and influence.

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Harriet Lee-Merrion

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Harriet Lee-Merrion

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Harriet Lee-Merrion is a British illustrator. Her work is rendered in a wash of pastel colors and delicate black lines influenced by botanical engravings, surrealism and Japanese woodblock prints, often depicting dreamlike and surreal imagery.

Harriet has worked with international clients including Google, TED, The Guardian, Bloomsbury and The New York Times, while her work has also been exhibited internationally in New York, London and Berlin. She is the recipient of a 3x3 International Illustration Award for Editorial Illustration and in 2016 was awarded a Distinguished Artist Scholarship by VYT to take part in an artist residency in New York. Harriet has been represented by Heart agency since 2014, she lives and works in Bristol, in the South West of England and has been working as an illustrator since graduating from Falmouth Arts University in 2013.

While at Varda Artist Residency Harriet will be working on her first collection of illustrated poetry.

 

Social Media

 Instagram: @harrietleemerrion

 Twitter: @hleemerrion

 

Press/Links

 

Together & Sunspell (Interview)

‘Harriet creates meditative, poetic and deeply evocative visual narratives exploring the themes of identity and femininity.

It's Nice That

‘Harriet Lee-Merrion’s emotionally charged, complex and thoughtful work is

absolutely breathtaking.’

Socks Studio

‘Surreal happenings are superposed with visual descriptions of house interiors and

slices of invented cities echo oriental inspirations.

Access Art

'The Dreamy World Of The British Illustrator Harriet Lee-Merrion'

Juxtapoz

'Emotionally stimulating, intricate and thoughtful work of fantastically conscientious worlds.'

Booooooom

‘Illustrator Spotlight’

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Aigerim Akenova - Returning Artist

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Aigerim Akenova - Returning Artist

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Aigerim Akenova is a contemporary designer working with fashion (AIKEN brand), textiles and concept design development (TEXSPIRE consultancy). Her recent works have focused on cultural identity. Her fashion brand AIKEN translates the nomadic spirit of discovery into uniquely refined designs that celebrate the infinite power of individuality and lifelong journey. Always bold, memorable, and intuitive, AIKEN expresses a keen technical appreciation toward textures, color, and form.

Aigerim lives and works in Astana, Kazakhstan, where she has recently accomplished a globally-scaled project for International Expo-2017 by creating and developing the core concept for the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan.

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Aigerim has graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design Moda Lab Milano for Fashion & Textile Design (2006-2009), has got an exchange student scholarship to study at FIDM, LA (2008) and has been chosen to showcase her thesis collection on the runway in Milan. She is a recipient of a grant from “Commune di Milano” for her MA degree at “New tech.style design” which she received in 2010 in Milan, Italy. 


Aigerim has made several runways at MBFW Almaty (RUNWAY SS17 / RUNWAY FW17/18) (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) and MBFW Astana with her brand AIKEN.

Aigerim has been featured in:  Kazakh TV - Women LeadersKazakh TV - Expo 2017 - National PavilionL’OFFICIELHarpers BAZAARBuro24/7 - “We run New York” special editorial projectBuro24/7 - AD campaign AIKENBuro24/7 - best FW17/18 collectionsBLVD MagazineTengri Magazine - in-flight magazine at AirAstana - national airlines of Kazakhstan and  Vogue Italia


During her residency at the VAR program, Aigerim plans to research sustainable solutions in textile & fashion and develop 1st seasonless womenswear collection by AIKEN, breaking the rules of the industry that encourage fast & unconscious fashion. In her concept design, she explores feminine identity and aims to empower women.

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Greta Van der Star

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Greta Van der Star

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Greta Van der Star is an Auckland based photographer working with film and 8mm motion film. 

Her focus is to contribute to and support a female directed representation of women in fashion and media. 

Greta trained in film photographer in New Zealand, receiving a bachelor of Design and Media Arts at Unitec. In 2015 Greta featured in a group show curated by Yasmine Ganly of AnyoneGirl, in collaboration with Local Creative in New York.

Greta's time in the residency will be used to teach herself sewing techniques that have been passed through her family. She will be combining these new skills with photographed images printed onto silk and cotton voile, cut and reconstructed to reference family heirlooms, and memory. 
Printing on fabric gives the images a softer and more emotional quality, and blankets represent a deep sentiment, demonstrating hours spent threading together pieces of fabric to gift a loved one. 
The images reconstructed represent memories, a souvenir from a moment, reflected upon, often jumbled in the brain, some moments more vivid than others.
The final output will be a small blanket or hanging, hand sewn with silk thread, from an image printed, and reprinted onto cotton voile and silk georgette. A series of images will accompany the blanket to demonstrate the blanket in use.

www.instagram.com/gretavanderstar

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Honey Long

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Honey Long

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Honey Long is an artist working within the mediums of photography, sculpture, performance, and installation. Her recent works have focused on relationships between human and non-human bodies and the lively exchanges that happen between. Within this, she is interested in the fetishization of objects, females, and nature. Through highlighting the agency inherent in all matter she seeks to interrogate the binary classifications often associated with these fields.

Long lives and works in Sydney, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney.

Along with her collaborator Prue Stent, Long was a recipient of the 2017 Life Framer Award and a participant in the 2016 Bouyrr residency in Connecticut, New York.

In Australia their work together has been exhibited at the Ballarat Foto Biennale, Centre for Contemporary Photography, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Murray Art Museum, Albury and Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney. Internationally they have shown at  Fotofestwal Lodz, Poland, Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo and Clamp Art, New York, with upcoming shows at Nicola Von Senger Gallery, Zurich, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles and PhotoEspana, Madrid.

Long and Stent’s work has been featured in recent publications such as Moon Man Magazine, London, (print), September Issues, London, (print) Vice Magazine; Focus Point: Prue Stent and Honey Long, Sirens Magazine; In conversation with Prue Stent and Honey Long and Dazed and Confused; The tension of how women look v how they’re expected to

During her residency at the VAR program Long worked with silicone, plaster and found objects to create sculptural pieces reminiscent of mutated seashells.

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Shannon May Powell

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Shannon May Powell

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Shannon May Powell is an Australian writer and photographer based in Berlin. Her work explores sexuality and psychogeography, the meaningful interaction between people and place. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions for the Berlin Feminist Film Week and most recently she held a solo show at The Honeymoon Suite in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been featured in a number of prints and online publications such as i-D Magazine, Ain’t Bad Contemporary Photographic Journal, The Ladies Network, and Whitelies magazine where she contributes a regular column.

Shannon’s first book, The Anthropomorphism of objects is a Form of Play, focuses on sensual experience, using a seemingly two-dimensional medium such as photography to evoke an erotic experience. Having studied writing and philosophy at university, the curation of her photography lends itself to storytelling. The playful and abstract nature of her approach allows the perceiver to enter a world of magical realism.

When in residence, Shannon worked on a second book of prose and photography while in residence at the VAR program.

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Kristin Texeira - returning artist

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I paint to provide proof—for myself and others—of existing in certain moments in time. I paint to capture, document, and preserve memories. I translate the essence of moments through color by mixing up the poetics of people and places. I retell stories through various methods of mark-making using paint, collage, sketching and writing. This process preserves memories as tangible "maps." I often juxtapose these memory maps with short captions that form the foundation for the colors I mix. 

I paint to remember. Through subtle shifts in colors or ranges of contrasting colors, I attempt to create something familiar, and—at the same time—something entirely elusive and intangible, like a forgotten word on the tip of one's tongue. My colors blend and bounce off of each other. They tell of a person or place's ambiguous history. This vagueness is complemented by specifics in my writing, which—while focusing on a moment's singular identity and tender details—leaves much to the viewers' interpretation.

Color is what I see when I hear music, taste wine, or read the titles of short stories. It is how I decipher new places when traveling, and the people I meet along the way. Through color I am trying to remedy nostalgia; my paintings are the vessels that ferry viewers back in time, so they can encounter a moment again and again.

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Pilar Franco Borrell

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Pilar Franco Borrell

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Pilar Franco Borrell is a graphic designer, travel writer, and journalist based in Madrid.

Pilar earned a Master Degree in Creative Literature at the Pompeu Fabra’s University, followed by a Graphic Design Degree at Seeway’s Academy.

Her recent works have focused on developing visual identities, editorial projects and writing poetry or short stories to accompany hers or other women's photographies.

During her stay at the residency, she will be working on her next book that will be published next year in Spain. Pilar will also spend her time writing a 29 days journal documenting various emotional and existential topics such as vulnerability, fear, gender oppression as well as friendships born from her experience at the S.S. Vallejo.

See more here: https://www.instagram.com/piluro/

 

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Prue Stent

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Prue Stent is a Melbourne based photomedia artist whose work blurs the lines between performance, photography and sculpture. Stent is fascinated by cultural definitions and expressions of femininity. Her surreal images speak to the subconscious and explore feminine identity as a concept that is fluid and ambiguous. Prue utilises a collaborative work process which celebrates spontaneity and unpredictability; focusing upon the theme of challenging norms of representation. These norms include representations of sex, domesticity, the natural world and raw colour itself.

Prue is a recipient of the 2016 Gucci #24hourAce residency .

Her work has been commissioned by FlushBus Vipers, Secret Gardeni-D Magazine, Krass Journal, among others.

See more of Prue’s work here: https://www.instagram.com/prue_stent/

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Lisa Carletta

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Lisa Carletta http://www.lisacarletta.com/ is a Fashion Photographer and Digital Media Artist who lives and works in Brussels and London.

In 2017, Lisa Carletta completed a Master in Fine Art at Royal College of Art, London.

Her works focus on the exploration and comparison of the virtual body versus the physical.Lisa’s work engages with discourses around the female body and representation of the self.

Recurring themes in Carletta’s work are often taken from her personal life, in which memories of her own experiences take a central role. In doing so, she creates images that are whimsical and colorful, that simultaneously reveal common human insecurities and anxieties. Lisa’s work fabricates a fantasy world where nothing is what it seems.
 

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Marta Cascales Alimbau

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Marta Cascales Alimbau

Marta Cascales Alimbau is a pianist and composer.

Her recent works have focused on composing chamber music, solo piano pieces and collaborating with other artistic disciplines, especially dance. Also, lately she has found a new line of work exploring the possibilities of electroacoustic music and creative field recording.

Marta lives and works in Barcelona, where she received a Professional Music Qualification with a specialization in Piano from CMMB and a BA in Audiovisuals Communication from the Barcelona University. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in Composition and she’s being selected to study abroad at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Marta is a recipient of Best Original Soundtrack Award by Visual Sound and has just received a grant by SGAE Foundation to keep developing his musical knowledge at Taller de Músics Institution.

Marta has played a large number of piano concerts playing her own music in Barcelona, Madrid, Girona, Brussels Atlanta and San Francisco. She is also interested in fusing music with visuals, she has been commissioned by Leo Messi Foundation and the European Commission - among others -  to compose original music for audiovisuals.

Marta's music is influenced by Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Arvo Pärt, Ólafur Arnalds, Chad Lawson and Caroline Shaw. She strives to create beauty on simple line melodies and atmospheric musical textures; always looking for the subtlety and sonorities that “tells you something”.  

During her residency at the VAR program, Marta created music directly inspired by the SS Vallejo houseboat. She also recorded the sounds of the boat and the natural surroundings. All these sounds and noises will be edited, combined and fused with the melodic and beautiful timbre of the piano, creating a unique sound, where the music actually contains the elements that give life to SS Vallejo.  

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Carla Cascales Alimbau

Carla Cascales Alimbau is an artist working with Painting and sculpture. Her recent works have focused on the admiration for the natural, imperfect, mutable things.

Carla lives and works in Barcelona, where he received a Master's degree in Design. Cascales is a recipient of a Laus Design Award for Graphic Design.

Carla Cascales has exhibited her work at White Wall Barcelona (2017), The Makers Madrid (2017),  Espacio 88 Barcelona (2016),  MCAM Gallery Barcelona (2015), and WeArt Festival Barcelona (2014).

Carla Cascales has been featured in Generació Digital (Tv3), Play Cultura (Diari Ara), Metal Magazine,  Trendland,  Good2be, SeiyuArquitectura y Diseño,  Artnau, TheCreativeNet,  Joi d’Art, Joia Magazine, Athër Studio, Sight Unseen, Say hi to,  Fubiz, Gráffica, index book, Novum,  FvF  and UnderConsideration.

In her own words:

 

My intention for this residency is to find new creative inputs and a space of tranquility and peace to be able to work on diverse projects related to the materials that the environment of Sausalito offers us. The energy of the surroundings, the harmony of the water and my personal experience on the houseboat will inspire my works. The artworks produced during the residency will be sculptures based on pieces of wood and other materials found in the surroundings and paintings or drawings representing the color-scheme of this unique place. Next I will expound upon a little more about these projects I would like to create during the residency.
Much of my work is characterized by the use of recycled materials. My intention at the residency is to visit places nearby where ships are built, and get pieces of wood they don’t need anymore to be the base for my artworks. I would like to experiment creating volumes with the wood and painting color palettes on them. This is a path I want to deeply explore, to reuse materials that are still beautiful but not useful anymore and give them a second life.
Another path I would like to explore is to build small sculptures with stones or rocks of the surroundings and paint them with gradients of color and various geometric shapes representing the life on the boat, the boat shape. For example, one artwork could use a color and a geometric shape to express  the peace you feel opening your eyes early morning and looking at the water from your room.
I would also love to experiment painting on a mirror. Water is like a mirror, so since we will spend a month living in a creative oasis on the water, I would love play with a mirror and paint to represent this feeling.
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The stars fascinate me. From a city like Barcelona, where I live, it is very difficult to see them because of the light pollution but I am sure that from there it will be possible and a wonderful experience. I would like to make a series of paintings of stars and constellations on different materials such as wood, a mirror, and  stone that reflect how the night changes the landscape and the beauty of these little magical lights.
In the dossier I read on the website, you mention we can also continue projects we already started. There is a project I started in Barcelona but I never had the time to continue working on it. It consists on making geometric shapes composed of very fine and close lines. The set of lines create different shapes and give a very nice and calming effect. I would love to continue developing this project during my time at the residency.
The last personal project I have in mind for this residency is the construction of small stools. The base of the stool will be a metallic piece designed by Curro Claret. He is a very well known designer from Barcelona who made and commercialized a specific tool so everyone could build their own stool by just combining three legs and a seat. I would like to build them using recycled materials from the surroundings (wood, old furniture...)
Finally, I would also love to make collaborative projects with other artists from the residency and I would love to work at the metal works workshop Marin Made of Alec Shaw.

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Claire Ulenberg

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Claire Ulenberg has actively been involved in the visual art sector for 15 years, as a curator, arts writer, facilitator, and consultant.

Currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked in a range of roles in contemporary art spaces, managing commercial art galleries, artist run initiatives and not-for-profit arts organisations, both in Aotearoa, Italy (Venezia Biennale) and Australia.

Claire has a Masters of Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, where she also worked at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of Arts.

Claire is Curator of MESH Sculpture Hamilton and also manages the Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland, among other ongoing art projects.

During her residency at the VAR Program she exhibited historical protest photography and also worked on articles based on research findings of Artists residencies and cohabitation of creative people and the effect this has on the artist’s practice.  



 

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Hannah Gartside

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Hannah Gartside

Hannah Gartside is a visual artist and costume designer. In her practice she transforms fabric and everyday textiles using craft processes of wet-felting, garment pattern-making, and patchwork quilting. Her recent work focusses on materialising experiences of joyful erotic curiosity and tender care, through sculpture, photography and installation. 
 
Hannah lives in Melbourne, Australia where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture and Spatial Practice from Victorian College of Art, University of Melbourne. She also holds a BFA with Honours in Fashion Design from Queensland University of Technology. Hannah is a recipient of the Lou & Mary Senini Student Art Award from McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (2016) and a National Gallery of Australia Women’s Association Award (2016).

Hannah has exhibited at Craft Victoria, Metro Arts Gallery (QLD), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (WA), QUT Art Museum (QLD), Artisan Gallery (QLD),  Margaret Lawrence Gallery (VIC), George Paton Gallery (VIC), McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (VIC), Yarra Sculpture Gallery (VIC) and Wangaratta Art Gallery (VIC). 


She has been interviewed for Craft Victoria’s Craft TV, The Fashion Archives, and Vice Creators Series, and featured in Peppermint Magazine. 
 
Hannah’s residency was supported by a Moreland City Council Individual Development Grant.


www.hannahgartside.com
 

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Mildred K Barya

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Mildred K Barya

Mildred K Barya is a writer from Uganda currently teaching creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

Her publications include three poetry collections: Give Me Room to Move My Feet, 2009, The Price of Memory after the Tsunami, 2006, and Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say, 2002. She has also published poems in journals and anthologies such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly and Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 14, 2014. Besides poetry, her short stories include: Bless the Broken Path in Northeast Review, 2014, Black Stone in Per Contra, USA, 2012, Scars of Earth in “The African Love Stories” Anthology, by Ayebia Clarke, UK, 2006, Effigy Child by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, 2004, republished in “Gifts of Harvest” FEMRITE, 2006, Land of my Bones published in “Dreams, Miracles & Jazz” anthology, Picador, Africa, 2008 and Raindrops published in “Words From A Granary” FEMRITE anthology, 2001.

Mildred has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver - Colorado, MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University - New York and B.A in Literature from Makerere University, Uganda. She blogs at: http://mildredbarya.com/ and is an active board member of African Writers Trust (AWT).

During her residency, Mildred will worked on a hybrid project that combines poetry, nonfiction and travel narratives to explore the connections between leaving and living, migratory/diasporic themes such as alienation, estrangement, dislocation, loss, absence, nostalgia, while meditating on what it means to be at home in space and time, language, culture and the world at large.

 

 

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Ann B. Coddington

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Ann B. Coddington

Ann Coddington is a Professor at Eastern Illinois University Art Department teaching in Foundations and Graduate Studies. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in 1986.

Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at venues including: Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, and the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Over the past several years, Ann taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the National Basketry Organization conference, the San Diego Basketry Guild, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the University of Northern Texas. Coddington received an individual artist project grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2012. She also received an individual grant in 2000, and a finalist grant in 2004 and 2008.

She says of her work, “We live is a world of increasingly complex technologies that paradoxically, in their effort to connect us, instead separate and isolate us, removing us from authentic experience. As the world becomes more complex, I am driven to simplify. I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the materials. The slow building of one stitch upon stitch exists within an ancient time frame, virtually never experienced in the contemporary technological world.”

 Recent and upcoming exhibitions:

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  • All Things Considered IX. Juried exhibition, juror Lloyd Herman founding director of the Renwick Gallery in D.C. American Art Company Gallery, Tacoma, WA, Summer 2017.
  • Teapots: 11th Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2017
  • Cedar Creek National Teapot Show 10. Invitational exhibition. Creedmoor, NC, Spring 2017. 
  • Residual Impact Jacoby Art Center. Alton, IL, October 11 to January 6, 2017. 
  • Rooted Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. Invitational three-year, traveling exhibition to Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Washington, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Catalogue and essays. Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain curators, 2017 - 2020.

Website: http://ux1.eiu.edu/~abcoddington/portfolio/

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