Curiosity. Serendipity. Intent and chance. These are the elements of life, artistic practice and travel. A journey, with its goals, challenges and epiphanies can often stand as the central analogy for what an artisan is seeking in their daily studio work. Travel itself can be the experience that drives our artistic motion. Join Lisa Klakulak, founder of STRONGFELT, as she retraces marked encounters from India to Morocco, Russia, Mali, Norway, Australia and Chile. Lisa will talk about the places, cultures, objects and phenomena that have shifted her perception, instigated technical experimentation, and resulted in unique concepts and ways of working felt. The insights from Lisa's approach to travel go far beyond any single textile technique to embrace the larger ideas of home, journeys, perception and inspiration.
creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother's arts, good public-school art programs, and classes at the local art association. With these foundational experiences as well as self-directed exploration in fabric dyeing, sewing, and off-loom bead weaving, Klakulak began her BFA studies in 1993 at the University of Colorado, graduating from Colorado State with a BFA in Fiber Arts in 1997. International travels over the millennium intensified Klakulak's textile focus, motivating her move to the southeast to study at Penland School of Craft and to accept an Artist-in-Residence position at The Appalachian Center for Craft (ACC), in Smithville, TN. At ACC from 2002-2005, Klakulak extensively explored the medium of felt, educated children in middle Tennessee public schools through ACC's Outreach Programs, began instructing adult workshops and acquired a K-12 Visual Arts certification. Now residing in Asheville, NC, Klakulak creates wearable textiles, accessories and non-functional sculpture as well as instructs workshops worldwide. She focuses her instruction on understanding the material and process in order to apply good technique and craftsmanship in implementing the elements of art and the principles of design.
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