Residency in review: part 5

I wanted to share with you a picture of some of the pillows I sewed to look like books for the library cart.

pillows that look like books
book pillows

Along with the pillows I made a silkscreen in the same manner I’ve discussed before on the blog. The design was inspired by a page from a book in the elsewhere library that I have re-located to live on the cart and be read by kids visiting the museum.

making a silk screen
making the silkscreen
hand made silk screen
finished screen

I printed the design on some of the book pillows as either pages or covers.

pillows that look like books
"everything is different" book (pillow) cover

While I was at it I also printed a tote-bag:

elsewhere residency silkscreen printed tote bag
tote bag for sale (profits to elsewhere) at elsewhere collaborative shop

Residency in review: part 4

Below are some close-ups of the puppets I made as part of my library cart. I asked the staff at elsewhere if they were an animal, what would it be and then made an animal-puppet version of them. The results were: a badger, a duck, a turtle, a mouse, an owl and a one-eyed brontosaurus:

hand puppets in puppet theatre, elsewhere, greensboro, nc
hand puppets in the puppet theatre nook
hand puppet of a badger
badger
hand puppet of a duck
duck
hand puppet of a turtle
turtle
hand puppet of a mouse
mouse
hand puppet of an owl
owl
hand puppet of a one-eyed brontosaurus
one-eyed brontosaurus

Residency in review: part 3

Here is the sewing workshop at elsewhere, where I spent a lot of time. Can you find me in the picture?

jessie dodington in the sewing workshop at elsewhere, greensboro, nc
where's waldo in the sewing workshop?

This is the newly painted cart with my sewn puppet-theatre curtains:

library cart in elsewhere, greensboro, nc
Puppet theatre!

and here are the puppets I made sitting on the newly-sewn bench cushion. We have a mouse, a duck, a turtle, an owl, a badger and a one-eyed brontosaurus – in that order.

hand puppets at elsewhere, greensboro, nc
hand puppets in the theatre

Residency in review:

It was a wonderful five weeks in Greensboro, NC!

I got caught up in the flow and didn’t post as much as I anticipated so I think I’ll take this week to share little snippets from my residency.

Let’s start with a few pics of a mural Zada Tagli was working on at the Greensboro IRC (The Interactive Resource Center: assists people who are homeless, recently homeless or facing homelessness reconnect with their own lives and with the community at large.)

Here are some images from the first day of work on the mural – the day that I worked with her.

picture of mural at greensboro irc
Mural in beginning stages
zada tagli working on mural at greesboro irc
Zada Tagli at work on mural
mural and shadow
shadow

Sewing day

Today I re-covered the cushion for the cart bench. The cart has already been re-painted and the new removable cushion cover now matches my new scheme (which you will see soon).

This is the lovely sunny room I was working in:

photo of Jessie Dodington at Elsewhere cooperative greensboro, nc
Working on the cushion

And this was my view most of the day:

photo of fabric sewing, sewing machine
sewing machine love

Thank you to Lauren for all her help measuring and scheming.

My project, the boss and bear claws – aka the best week ever.

Hi folks!

This past week at Elsewhere whizzed by! My project is a re-invention of the library cart! This little nook on wheels is a part of a “traveling menagerie” (see here). But its home is in the ceiling-high living library of elsewhere. It has a puppet theatre, shelves for books and a bench with cushions for lounging. A seriously day-dream gem of a spot!

Here are some pictures of the cart before I began my work:

photo of library cart at elsewhere cooperative
Front of cart with puppet theatre
photo of library cart at elsewhere, greensboro
Back of cart with bench and bookshelves

So, I’m imagining Elsewhere as an indoor park, which it really is in so many ways. I’m drawing upon my past as a park guide, interpreter and naturalist and drawing upon the wild aspects in elsewhere to make this space sing.

My first step was to strip it of the miscellaneous fabric and pictures that were haphazardly fastened to it, fill its nicks with putty and sand it down with help from the building curator, tool-wielding diva extraordinaire Jen.

jessie dodington sanding a cart at elsewhere greensboro, nc
Power sander!

This is where I have to take a moment to tell you I’m wearing an inside-out Bruce Springsteen t-shirt that I bought at his recent concert in Greensboro. That’s right folks. I saw the boss in concert and my life is now complete. (Mother, my shirt is inside out on purpose, to protect it from getting paint on it of course.)

Meanwhile I’m collecting books and items from elsewhere’s collection for display and contextualization on my cart.

It’s been a great week and I’m happy to say It only got better when I came to use the internet at the Green Bean coffee shop. Here I discovered they have bear claw pastries – quite a favorite treat of mine from Saturdays at the farmers’ Market growing up.

eating a bear claw pastry
Mmmm. bear claw.

Have a happy Monday everyone!

My residency at the “thinking playground” begins…

I’ve begun my five week artist residency at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC!

elsewhere door sign
Front Door sign at Elsewhere

The day after I arrived was March Fourteenth (3.14) and so it was Pi day and we were served pies. Tables were appropriately decorated with paper mache pies.

Everyone signs up to be in charge of a dinner in pairs or threes. Following pi night, myself and two others prepared a traditional polish meal complete with poppy-seed cake and miniature polish flags to garnish the pierogis.

A typical kitchen scene at elsewhere:

picture of communal kitchen at Elsewhere
Kitchen Commons

Other things you will see around elsewhere…
a heart made of shoes on the ceiling:

heart made of shoes

an evening public talk held at the storefront with the windows open to the fresh night air so passers-by can listen in, (check out current elsewhere events calendar here)

artist talk at elsewhere storefront
Stephanie gives her welcome talk at Elsewhere storefront
a storefront talk at elsewhere
setting up for a storefront talk at elsewhere

Jordan having a moment with a plush toy:

a seal on a person's head
communing with seals

the elsewhere bike surrey:

bike surrey in greensboro nc
the elsewhere 6 seater bike surrey

elsewherians in the bike surrey:

elsewhere bike surrey
a lot of fun!

Stay tuned for more explorations and discoveries at elsewhere, as well as progress updates on my project.