For a few years, Joe Hedges was fortunate to have two studios: one at home and one at work. But, after his son Linus’ birth, his home studio had to be converted to a nursery. So, he started primarily working from Washington State University where he loved painting alongside his students and had access to a woodshop and digital fabrication lab. In several galleries, he placed his installation artwork to see how it functioned in a large, clean space. “The energy there is good,” he says. “The building has always been a good staging and testing ground before sending pieces out to other galleries.”
Gladys M. Nilsson is a Chicago-based painter known for a style that borders on surrealism and pop, fantasy and cartoon. Nilsson was one of the original members of the Hairy Who, a group in the 1960s who turned to representational art and whose members are associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been featured in over fifty solo exhibitions and collections of major museums including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), from which she also graduated.
Amir Hariri was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the United States to attend college in the early 1990s. His artwork incorporates his professional background in design and engineering, as well as studies in anatomy. Amir has exhibited nationally and internationally, with pieces included in public and private collections in the United States, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, and Japan. Recent awards include an Artist Fellowship in Drawing from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He earned a Masters’ degree in engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelors’ degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. His work appears in The Woven Tale Press Vol. VIII #3.
To create her fiber works, Tara Kennedy spreads out in several places. Depending on the task, Kennedy works in her small studio, other rooms in her home, and at her parents’ house. For stitching, she sits in a comfortable chair, while for technical and on-screen work, she goes to a different room where her work isn’t surrounding her and in her way. In her parents’ house, which was once her childhood home and housed her and husband’s knitting business, she uses a knitting machine. “The space I work in is very important,” says Kennedy. “It needs to feel right depending on what sort of work I’m doing.”
Christina Massey is a Brooklyn-based abstract and mixed-media artist whose work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States. Massey, who was born in 1979, is passionate about the preservation of our environment and our relationship with nature. She is also committed to addressing the equality of women’s rights and giving voice to lingering gender stereotypes. She holds a BFA from California State University in Chico. See her work featured in WTP Vol. VIII #5.