Nothing is more intriguing to me than ink, paper, fabric and threads, all mixed together into artwork.   Their colors, textures, even their smells appeal to me.  After having spent my childhood learning traditional women's handwork from my mother, aunts and grandmother, I trained in college as a printmaker. I’ve spent the last ten years exploring ways to merge the two spheres.

 

The attention to detail required in doing needlework and fine sewing has served me well in learning and doing printmaking. Among my recent work you will find collagraphs embellished with sewing and drawing, using metallic and satiny threads to further the ideas and images expressed in the prints.

 

I primarily make small pieces of artwork, enjoying the act of pulling the viewer in for a closer look at the details. Current artwork includes handmade woolen felt, sewn on and embellished to portray an image or tell a story. As with the other traditional handwork taught to me by women, feltmaking ties me to yet another tradition of my foremothers. Work of the future will explore new ways to combine monoprints, handmade felt and stitching.

 

I am intrigued with the idea of the quotidian - the ordinary - and how it can become extraordinary through the creative touch of the artist. Bits of thread, pieces of paper, wool from sheep, pots of ink: mixed together they can become anything but ordinary.

ARTIST'S CV

EDUCATION:

 

  • B.A. in Art, Houghton College, May 1999

  • B. A. in Social Work, Northwest Nazarene College, 1977

  • Felt-making courses in London, UK, 2007, 2002, 2000

  • Painting and fabric classes at Buffalo Artist Studio, 2015, 2016

 

EXHIBITS AND AWARDS:

 

  • Burchfield Penney, Art in Craft Media, 2019

  • Buffalo Arts Studio, 2017

  • Paint the Town, Buffalo History Museum, 2014

  • Creation, St. Johns Grace Episcopal Church, 2014

  • Alumni Art Exhibit, Houghton College, Houghton, NY 2011

  • Passion for Printmaking, The Fountain Arts Center, Belmont, NY 2010

  • Allegany Treasures, featuring Allegany County Artists, The Fountain Arts Center, Belmont NY 2009

  • Sacred Space, A Celebration of the Sacred Arts, Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester, NY 2009

  • Wellsville Art Association , 2009 – winner of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the advanced Open Abstract & Collage category

  • Alumni Art Show, Ortlip Art Gallery, Houghton College, 2008

  • Alumni Invitational Show, Houghton College, Summer 2004

  • Wellsville Art Association – winner of 1st Place award

  • Fall Show , DeLynn Gallery, Franklinville, NY, 2003

  • Paper & Wool, One-woman show at Fountain Arts Center, Belmont, NY, 2003

  • Art in the Case, One-woman show at Malone College, Canton, Ohio 2002

  • Sesquicentennial Art Exhibit, Houghton Wesleyan Church, Houghton, NY, 2002

  • Holiday Show, Ontario County Arts Commission, Canandaigua, NY,  2001

  • Alumni Invitational Art Exhibit,Ortlip Art Gallery, Houghton College, 2001

  • Works on Paper, two-person exhibit with Scot Bennett, Crosswinds, Canandaigua, NY 2001

  • Student Juried Exhibition, Houghton College, 1999, Honorable Mention

  • Ongoing exhibits, The Inn at Houghton Creek, Houghton, NY

All images copyright Mindy Airhart 2019

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