Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Sentinel with Crescent Moon


Completed another small (26" ht.) "Sentinel" last night — with crescent moon. Love the mixed-breed dark grey wool (from R.H. Lindsay) — it smelled very animal-ly while wet and contains a fair bit of vegetal matter :) This series of felted sculptures consist of 100% felted wool forms with glazed and fired clay bases

Monday, May 18, 2020

Felted Sculpture :: Developing New Series

Some snaps of work I'm continuing to develop that I started creating while in Mendocino. Working title of series is, "Sentinels" — guardians, watching over us; which seems especially comforting now during this global pandemic. I'm also exploring the phases of the moon; tethered as it is to our planet and to our individual bodies. Photos: The large sculpture is 43.5" (h) and the small one is 23.5" (h); both consist of hand-felted wool hollow forms, with concave (closed) tops; bases are either fired/glazed clay or painted terracotta. #wildlywoolly #feltedsculpture #feltedwool

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Residency in Mendocino, CA

Botanical Vessels using Pre-Felts :: Felting Workshop with Kim Buchheit
Fiber artist Kim Buchheit in her studio at Mendocino Art Center. Photo © Linda Cloonan
Boy, time sure does fly! I'm just now getting around to posting some of the pics from the 4 weeks I spent in glorious Mendocino (at the Mendocino Art Center, MAC) during an artist residency this past February. It was such a gift to be able to have a beautiful, huge, well-lit (with a view of the ocean!), and well-appointed (thanks to the wonderful Linda Cloonan) fiber studio all to myself, 24/7. My time on the headlands allowed me to begin a new body of work combining clay and fiber, which I'm currently scaling up in my studio. It truly was heaven on earth. Artist residencies are incredibly valuable, and possibly necessary, in order to have uninterrupted time to bring ideas to fruition. Also, I met some amazing people — fellow artists, Art Center staff, locals/neighbors, and workshop attendees. The opportunity to teach a Botanical Vessels using Pre-Felts class was a bonus. Thank you to all the people at MAC for this incredible opportunity and for your deep commitment to artists and art making. I hope to teach another workshop at MAC in 2021, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020 Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat

2020 AFAR Workshop: (back row) Colleen Murphy, Sharla Peterson, Louise Love, Maona Grabscheid, Kathy Lohr, Joanne Nunn, Patti Dowd; (front row) Mali Pistiner, Kim Buchheit, Karen Billideau (not pictured: Gayle Starr and Shannan Cambern)

Last week's 9th annual Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat (AFAR) was a fantastic success. This event, hosted by the talented and generous Kimberly Hatch, brings together fiber lovers of all stripes to share ideas, learn, discover new tools and methods, purchase fiber and other goodies, and enjoy being with kindred spirits. I was honored to be able to teach (with the help of my ever-supportive hubby) a full-day workshop with an amazing group of students. We cut out botanical shapes from pre-felts (ala Matisse) and felted them into our vessels with great results. Every finished vessel was unique and lovely — just like each workshop participant. Thank you to all who attended my workshop and for all who make AFAR the incredible fiber event that it is! See you next year (Save the date: Jan. 13-16, 2021) :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Installation Pics from "Explorations in Fiber"

Sacred Landscape XI: 26.5" (w) x 62" (h): Wet-felted Merino Wool: © Kim Buchheit, 2018
Sacred Landscape XI: 26.5" (w) x 62" (h): Wet-felted Merino Wool: © Kim Buchheit, 2018
Some installation snaps from the Hunterdon Art Museum's, Explorations in Felt which opened this past weekend. (Photos courtesy of the Hunterdon Art Museum). So honored and grateful to have one of my Sacred Landscape pieces hanging alongside works by some of my favorite fiber artists!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Artist Reception at Tohono Chul

On the Desert: An Exploration of Fibers :: Kim Buchheit (lower left)
On the Desert: An Exploration of Fibers :: Opening Reception
On the Desert: An Exploration of Fibers :: Monica Zavala-Durazo
On the Desert: An Exploration of Fibers :: Kate Hodges

This past Thursday was the opening reception of Tohono Chul's "On the Desert: An Exploration of Fibers," exhibition. I was pleased to have two of my pieces included in this exhibit (topmost photo) alongside some stunning work by several other regional artists. Two favorite pieces included, "Tobasco" made from old sewing patterns (resulting in a spray of krinkled shibori-style tubes with colorful threads) by Monica Zavala-Durazo, and the wonderful “burr fur” coat by Kate Long Hodges (from her Marry Me Earth series). Curated by James Schaub and surrounded by lush Sonoran Desert, this exhibit and the gardens are worth a visit!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

AFAR's 2019 Vessels & Votives Workshop

We just got home from the 8th annual Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat in Prescott, Arizona. 2019 was a banner year for this fun and information-rich event! It's a place to make new friends and connect with old ones, meet master instructors and talk shop over lunch, enjoy a fashion show, and take an incredible fiber-related workshop or two (e.g. weaving, needle- and wet-felting, shibori and indigo dyeing, naalbinding, and more!). The word has spread and workhops filled up almost immediately... so mark your calendar if you want to get in on this in January 2020! I was lucky enough to be able to teach another Vessels & Votives class this year with an amazing bunch of creatives. We worked hard and had some good laughs... and everyone walked away with a beautiful handmade vessel or votive that they were proud of. Great job, everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Art for a Cause

Phoenix Pride Art Recpeption
"Blanks (or, Untitled)" at Exposed Studio & Gallery; © Kim Buchheit
Mike, Carlos (from Make-A-Wish), and Kim
Phoenix Pride is one of those great organizations staffed by some of the best people in the world! My husband and I had the pleasure of being part of a group show sponsored by Phoenix Pride and hosted by Gregg Edelman at his very-cool Exposed Studio & Gallery. (Gregg is a super generous guy who is masterful at throwing great parties at the drop of a hat.... he's also quite the photographer.) The art event was a huge success with the top three juried pieces (including mine!) to be exhibited soon at the Parsons Center in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you Ryan Starzyk, Mike Fornelli, and the rest of the team at Phoenix Pride for this great opportunity, your graciousness, and your support of the arts — and thank you for your steadfast work in the LGBTQ community and for human rights, in general. (A big fat congrats to Ace Walton who took first place with a fantastic mixed-media portrait using, among other things, "cigarette ash and borrowed cosmetics" — how wonderful is that!)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Vessels & Votives Workshop at Grand Canyon :: Fall 2018 Recap

2018 Vessels & Votives Felting Workshop at the Grand Canyon with Kim Buchheit
The first week of October brought a dozen creative people from around the country to the Grand Canyon. Their goal was to learn how to felt — and that's what they did! This year's Vessels & Votives workshop was hosted by Grand Canyon Association's Field Institute (thank you GCAFI for this and for all you do to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park). Over the weekend, Mary Rooney generously shared her dyeing expertise with the class, offering participants the opportunity to dye wool (using acid dyes) for the next day's project. We also had the pleasure of having two guest speakers join us this year: NPS Park Ranger Ahsa Jensen gave a fascinating talk about historic uses of natural fibers in the region — and GCAFI instructor Slim Woodruff shared her extensive knowledge of Grand Canyon with those early birds who attended the sunrise rim talk. Ahsa also made available dried yucca fibers that we harvested last Spring in anticipation of the class (note: one must have an NPS collection permit to do this). Overall, it was a big success with participants creating a small felted vessel or luminaria (using an 8.5" resist) on Day 1... and then really stretching themselves to create a large felted vessel (using a 21" resist) on Day 2. I am so impressed with this group! If you're interested in felting at the Grand Canyon, be sure to sign up for the felting workshop in 2019... we'd love to have you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sacred Landscape :: Felted Wool Wall Hanging

Sacred Landscape (felted wool wall hanging) :: by Kim Buchheit
For the past two years, I've been developing a body of work, entitled, "Sacred Landscapes". This collection consists of various size (3' to 7' in height) felted wool wall hangings which evoke the Grand Canyon's geological strata and its carver, the Colorado River. Each piece features a 3D "cut" to reveal a hidden layer below. The ovoid shape is inspired by the Shiva Lingam stones gathered from the Namada River in Onkar Mandhata, one of India's holy sites. The works' reference to the sacred is intentional, as Grand Canyon too serves as an inspirational site commanding respect and often reverence from those who gaze into its depths… and is sacrosanct to many who fight for its continued protection.
Photo: Sacred Landscape; Hand-felted Merino wool; 16.5" x 36.5". © Kim Buchheit

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sneak Peek :: 2018 Sedona Summer Colony

Blanks (or Untitled); work-in-progress; photo © Sedona Summer Colony
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Sedona Summer Colony artists' retreat. While there, I met some truly amazing, talented artists, and had the opportunity to work on projects that required some dedicated time. One of these projects entitled, Blanks (or, Untitled), addresses the subject of personal identity. It is a set of eight felted, androgynous figures (measuring approx. 24" x 6" each) thoughtfully grouped in relationship with one another. The completed piece has been submitted for consideration in a regional show and I'll share a photo of the set in the near future. (The posted photo depicts two, temporarily headless figures drying in the Arizona sun. Photo courtesy of Sedona Summer Colony.)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wet Felting :: Best of Show

The last time I was awarded a ribbon was probably back in high school for track — and, I assure you, it wasn't blue... not even close. So I wanted to toot my own horn a bit and share a photo of me with my big, fat, felted bowl and its shiny, best-of-show ribbon. Thanks to all who voted — and thanks to everyone at the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival and The Arizona Historical Society for another wonderful year and perhaps the best festival to date. So much work goes into these events and so many talented, hard-working people make it happen. I was thrilled to be able to teach a workshop this year and hope to be invited back next year for same. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next.
Large wet-felted bowl by Kim Buchheit