Workshops 2014


WORKSHOPS 2014

I invite you to check out the following link to read about my workshop at the Crow Timberframe Barn this fall: Design Boot Camp I. To read Student Recommendations click HERE.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Modern Textiles Opens


She Came Undone - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
Pieced fabric with stitching - 49"h x 45"w - 2008

Tomorrow evening will be the opening reception at Alamance Arts in Graham, NC for Modern Textiles which features some of my older pieced textile constructions and the work of Carolyn Nelson.  The reception is from 6:30 - 8:30pm and is located at 213 D. Main Street in Graham.  The show will run through September 6th, 2014.

It will be fun to see this work hanging again and I hope to see those of you who live in the area.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Artist's Apron Auction A Success


My contribution to the Apron Auction

Last week I posted a picture of myself in an unadorned black artists apron of the type many people wear when working in the studio.  Now you can see how I "enhanced" that time honored article of studio wear for the scholarship auction at Quilting by the Lake.

My theme was  Cinco de Mayo and the apron featured fabric with "south of the boarder" flower and geometric designs, an image of Our Lady of Guadeloupe , two crystal studded skulls, a first place blue ribbon (which I gave myself) and tiny LED flashing lights which don't show here as tiny specks of light.  Oh, I almost forgot, a large paper flower for my hair which the winning bidder also received.



There were 8 instructors during the week and each made an apron.  You can see from the above picture that there were many styles to choose from.  The sale of the 8 aprons collectively brought in over $3,000 which will go toward scholarships for next years event.  This week is the second week of QBL and there will be another auction at the close of the session.




Before the auction each class was invited to the stage to show samples of work done during the week.  My class was Line As Language. These are some of my students who made boards with samples showing the variety ways line can work in compositions.










We worked in both black and white as well as color.  The group was fun, hard working and talented.  Thank you to each of my students for choosing to be with me for the week.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Life As an Apron Artist


What will appear on this apron?


This week I am teaching at Quilting By The Lake sponsored by The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.  The event is held at Onondagh Community College in Syracuse, NY.

One of the fun events is a fundraiser where artist's aprons with the QBL logo are "enhanced" by the workshop instructors and auctioned off.  The proceeds are used to provide scholarships for the summer program. The above picture was from a couple of years ago and I have removed the art that had been stitched for that year's auction.  (Thanks photoshop!)  This year's apron is much more complex and on a fun theme from south of the boarder.  Whoever acquires this baby will be the hostess with the mostest at least one day a year when they put on The apron and have some fun.  OK....if any of you heavy hitters are reading please fluff up your check books and come prepared to bid!

Last evening I presented a talk to the entire group of workshop attendees.  The talk was. "Self-Critique".  It was a pleasure sharing some of the thoughts about how artists evaluate their work.  

I'll see you next week with some images from this great event.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Oil Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax, Lisa Pressman, Cullowhee Mountain Arts and Western Carolina University


Oil Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax on Paper
a study - TJD


The title of this week's article is the longest I've ever used but each part of the title is important.

Yesterday Tom and I returned from a week of study with Lisa Pressman at Cullowhee Mountain Arts on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.  It was a great experience and each of the elements in the title played their part well to make it such a success.



Tom and I hung all of our work in our home studio so it could dry. 

I had been wanting to study with Lisa for some time.  I love her work in encaustic and in oil and cold wax but most important I had read many very strong statements in support of her as a teacher.  Since Western Carolina is less than a 2 hour drive from my home, this seemed like the perfect time to join her class.

The class, Layered Media: Finding Your Mark in Mixed Media, offered the opportunity to work in oils which I hadn't done since high school as well as oil sticks and cold wax which I had never tried.  The class got off to a fast start and never slowed down.  Everyone in the class worked with great intensity and Lisa was always there to assist as you found your way in this interesting medium.



Lisa Pressman is pictured doing a demo.


The classrooms were large, well lighted and well equipped.  Everyone had a full 4 x 8 table and wall space as well as a double decker rolling cart for supplies.  We had choices of accommodations and we met each morning as a group for breakfast.  Lunch was brought to the art building and was nicely prepared.




Oil Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax on Paper
two studies - TJD


The WCU campus is beautiful and interesting.  It is set on the side of a mountain with beautiful stonework walls and lovely views of the surrounding area.  

Norma Hendricks is the director of the Cullowhee Mountain Arts program and she is working hard to bring top quality teachers to be part of the program.  Due to the small size of the group, we were able to interact with Norma and her assistant Jana as well as all the program participants.  Be sure and check out the offerings for the fall season.

I'd love to be in the studio right now painting but tomorrow I drive to Graham North Carolina to deliver work for my upcoming show Contemporary Textiles at The Alamance County Arts Council Gallery.


I'll be posting more about the show in the coming weeks.



Oil Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax on Paper
two studies - TJD

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The All Important Signature


Today I received a new book , Art & Soul: Notes on Creating by Audrey Flack which got me to thinking that I need to reinstate a page on this blog which features my list of good books for artists.  I had this page a while back but somewhere along the way it disappeared.  While flipping through the pages one title caught my eye.  It reads, Picasso As A Star.  Flack relates the story of how Picasso once signed a napkin on which there was no art, just some doodle, and his signature was therefore more important than the art.  From this act of ego, Flack attributes Picasso with the contemporary role of artist as egomaniac.  I don't argue that but Picasso had a substantial resume of ego acts to his credit.

For those who have taught in high school I feel confident they have seen "The All Important Signature".  This is the large scale sprawling signature which covers the entire lower right hand corner of a drawing or painting.  This is the signature which the student artist has seen on commercial reproductions of some famous or not so famous artists and they have practiced their "soon to be famous" signatures numerous times.  This signature becomes much more important than whatever is underneath and is in no way a good addition to the work.  Thankfully most textile artists sign their work on the back.

I can't wait to read the other tidbits of art lore contained in this little tomb and I will be working on my Reading List page to be published later.

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