LUCKIER CLOUD / October 2017
       
     
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Keep KC Kids Warm (November/December 2015)
       
     
 An especially wonderful group of volunteers. We held three sessions to cut scarves. 
       
     
Multifunctional Quilts / Spring 2015
       
     
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LUCKIER CLOUD / October 2017
       
     
LUCKIER CLOUD / October 2017

LUCKIER CLOUD is the combined efforts of Allison Sheldon, Eugene Sarmiento, Fuko Ito, Andy Kelleher Stuhl, Leigh A. Kaulbach, Juan Jose Castano-Marquez, Zachary G. Grant, and me. 

Exploring the role of games in art making, the collective created a set method of rules to work within. Each of us chose a trinket or pawn to use as a representative of ourselves in the various collaborative rounds. Then, we collaborated in pairs to create a work and then switched our pair and responded to another pair's work from a previous round. Final works varied from textiles, drawing, sculpture, a tumblr site, and a video piece.  

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LUCKIER CLOUD selfie wall
       
     
LUCKIER CLOUD selfie wall
Keep KC Kids Warm (November/December 2015)
       
     
Keep KC Kids Warm (November/December 2015)

In November of 2015, Suzanne Corum-Rich and I decided to raise money to buy hats, gloves, and scarves for local elementary school students. (Peep our GoFundMe page and story here.) Through an educator at Whittier Elementary, I learned that there was a huge need for the basics: hats, gloves, and scarves. 

In a matter of weeks we raised over $5,000 and were able to deliver winter gear packs to hundreds of students at multiple schools. 

Charlotte Street was incredibly supportive of this community project, allowing me space and providing volunteers to make the scarves. Artists, neighbors, and students came together to make this project happen. The elementary students received their winter packs before their holiday break.

One teacher observed the playground on the day that Suzanne and I passed out the packs. She said that it was like seeing a bag of skittles ripped open, bouncing around the schoolyard. 

 An especially wonderful group of volunteers. We held three sessions to cut scarves. 
       
     

An especially wonderful group of volunteers. We held three sessions to cut scarves. 

Multifunctional Quilts / Spring 2015
       
     
Multifunctional Quilts / Spring 2015

I collaborated with artist Lexie Abra to create quilted works. These works were designed to be both gallery-worthy and functional. 

Multifunctional Quilts detail / Spring 2015
       
     
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Multifunctional Quilts / Spring 2015

We were invited to show these works at Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, IA. The show was curated by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart. The piece won the Juror's Choice Award. 

Improv Workshop / Spring 2015
       
     
Improv Workshop / Spring 2015

Next, the Multifunctional Quilts were used as seats and props in an improv workshop hosted. We used an on-body GoPro camera to capture the breathing exercises and improv games. 

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Improv Workshop / Spring 2015

Props were placed throughout the room that correlated with the quilts' color palette.