In honor of the collaboration TVAA has enjoyed with Boise State Public Radio since 2010, all the exhibitions in 2016 will feature themes based on programs aired by NPR and BSPR.
The first in the series is titled “This American Life,” and for my submission I entered the Tarpestry I made for the HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Box on the corner of Edson and Curtis in Boise, titled “Walk, Don’t Walk.”
This Tarpestry was inspired by the Boise International Market (which burned to the ground in 2015), and is in a neighborhood which is home to many families new to America. Many of those residents are refugees.
Below is the Tarpestry in it’s entirety. The photo above is of the edited piece which will be used to create the digital printout on the skin which will “wrap” the traffic box itself.
For my solo exhibition at the Student Union Gallery of Boise State University I exhibited 39 Tarpestries ranging in size from 12 X 16 inches to 8 X 10 feet.
I also exhibited the individual pages of the book I self-published titled
- TARPESTRY: The Evolution of a New Art Form
These are the smallest tarpestries which were featured in my solo exhibition “Tarpestries” at the Student Union Gallery at Boise State University, December 13, 2015 through January 15, 2016.
Each “Tarpito” measures approximately 12″ x 16″ and they are for sale for $100 each. If you are interested you can contact me here and I will be happy to make arrangements for you to own your very own tiny piece of “new-art-form-making” history.
Here’s a couple of photos of them all laid out in production. This might give you a better sense of their size.
You already know I’m a big “To-Due” list keeper, and, because I DO get things done, you would think I could keep those lists pretty short.
Of course the little habit I have of adding things to the existing list after I have accomplished them, just so I can cross them off said list might be one reason for the length of those lists.
But I don’t want to talk about that right now.
Anywho. I’ve got a really long list this week because on Saturday — 2 days from now — we are getting on the road to NEW ORLEANS!
But you don’t want to know what’s on my To-Due list before we hit the road with 3 dogs, all of Mike’s paintings for his exhibition in May, clothing for 3 versions of climate change, and at least a couple of my new tarpestries from this past year, do you?
So instead, here’s a photo album of the Tarpestries I’ve created for the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) Social Justice Partners 2015/2016…
November 2015: Farmer’s Market Mobile Market — Food Justice, food security, income inequality
December 2015: ACLU of Idaho — Criminal Justice Reform, Against the Death Penalty
January 2016: BUUF Partner Church Meszko Sholarship Fund — Supporting UU 6th principle of world community
February 2016: Feed the Gap — Child Hunger, Food insecurity
March 2016: Interfaith Sanctuary — Homelessness
And because we are going to be away, and I didn’t want to leave work undone, I have gone ahead and made the tarpestries for the months we will be in New Orleans….
April 2016: Women’s & Children’s Alliance — Domestic Violence
May 2016: Planned Parenthood — Reproductive Justice and Comprehensive Sexuality Education
June 2016: Habitat for Humanity — Affordable Housing
I have 4 more tarpestries to create to finish the year — which I’ll make when we get back from New Orleans, and, I’m planning on creating another book with the help of my friend Debra Smith who is doing the Social Justice coordination for which I am creating these tarpestries. Team work, baby. Collaboration is the name of the game for me these days, and my tarpestries are my medium.
I’ll update you from the road, and then undoubtedly inundate you from NOLA, because that city knows how to make Action Girl work up a serious head of steam!