Kelly Meyer

Fiber, Painting, Natural Dyes, Mixed Media, Paper Making, and Book Arts

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Teaching Artist Statement

After having twins I set aside my paint brushes and picked up a needle and thread. What was to be a temporary sacrifice for clean and ready hands instead became a love affair. The connection was visceral and I have worked ever since towards bringing my inner painter to each cloth and finding unique ways to merge the two. Over time I have found myself striving to make my art more sustainable. This has meant recycling old linens and using natural elements to dye my fabrics.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

I love working with people of all ages, cultures, and abilities. I have 20 years experience working with children and disabled individuals. In my current role as an Intervener for the deafblind. I have had the opportunity to work with students who have profound physical and cognitive disabilities. Our greatest challenge is communication and connection. Surprisingly, I’ve learned that communication and connection exist beyond language. Connection lives in shared ideas and experiences. I’ve found that using our hands and the sense of touch to create art together is an excellent way to communicate, connect, and create lasting memories. Memories are ingrained most deeply when connected to a smell, sound, or touch.This has forced me to think outside the box and find ways to use adaptive equipment to help individuals be as independent as possible and to engage other senses in the creation of art using texture and smell while switching the focus to the process and joy of making something without worrying about the final project. Working with this population has increased my joy as an artist, freeing me to be more experimental and worry less about my own products and instead follow the process and let it guide me. Teaching and facilitating work with disabled members of the community is something I wish to continue.

Residency Projects

Paper Making: a great way for students to learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Exploration can include seeds, flower petals, glitter, and other plant materials.

Block Printing: Explore the creative designs possible using everyday objects including fruits and vegetables and typical "trash".

Eco-Prints: Learn to mordant paper and fabric and create beautiful imprints using plants.