When the pandemic delayed my artist residency with NOW Friends, Nairobi Kenya, I took measures into my own hands and spend hours scouring the internet looking at images and video of beading, fabric and african art.
This is the result of my self styled homeschooled virtual artist residency.
Cider Six Packs and various single use bottle caps strung and knotted with blue and white polyurethane rope.
This work is inspired by my self directed homeschool virtual artist residency with NOW Friends in Nairobi Kenya. Last summer when Covid preventing me from traveling to Nairobi, I drilled holes in thousands of bottle caps instead.
And researched Kenyan artists online and watched tons of YT videos about Masai Mura to make this Pinterest board which has lead to this new body of work using recycled bottle caps.
After not being able to travel to Masai Mura with NOW Friends in Nairobi Kenya for an artist residency due to Covid, I embraced a homeschool virtual residency approach via Pinterest and Facebook Messenger.
What happened next, pushed my artwork in a new direction…
I have been experimenting all year with recycled materials in preparation for this residency. I am ready so, switch up and plan B, turning lemons into lemonade mode…
I enrolled in a ZOOM alternative weaving and basketry intensive program at the Textile Arts Center (NYC) later this month. It isn’t Kenya, but I am moving forward advancing my skills using bottle caps, wine corks, plastic bags, ribbon gifted to me by so many of my favorite people. You know who you are.