Living Quilt is Starting to Bloom!

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“Living Quilt” has a bud on October 16, 2017

Jane Ingram Allen’s “Living Quilt for Newnan” is starting to bloom. This photo was sent yesterday by Newnan Art Rez board member Bette Hickman showing a wildflower plant with a small bud. It is exciting to see the growth of the quilt, and hopefully some blooms will be happening soon. This installation was installed on August 31 in Newnan, Georgia, at a park near the intersection of College and Temple Avenues in downtown Newnan, next to the Children’s Museum that is at the site of the historic Male Academy in Newnan.

Jane created this art installation during her August 2017 residency at Newnan Art Rez (www.newnanartist.org). The quilt is made with handmade paper dyed with non-toxic dye and has seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to grow and bloom in the same “house” pattern. The handmade paper dissolves as mulch, and over time the flowers will continue to grow and bloom as a living quilt for the flower bed. The headboard and footboard was created by the artist with local branches and vines. Here is a photo of the quilt on the day it was installed.

the Living Quilt for Newnan on August 31, 2017

Keep watching here for more photos as the quilt begins to bloom.

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Living Quilt for Newnan featured in online publication this week

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My recent installation “Living Quilt for Newnan” created during my August 2017 artist in residency in Newnan, Georgia, is featured on the SUNDAY PAPER Blog of papermaking artist and author Helen Hiebert. Here is the link:

http://helenhiebertstudio.com/viewing-a-life-through-paper/

Keep checking my Blog to see photos of the changes in the Newnan installation. Newnan Art Rez board member and artist Bette Hickman continues to take photos and send them to me. The wildflowers are growing! Hope to see some blooms soon before frost. This installation was created during a residency at Newnan Art Rez http://www.newnanartist.org
Photos on the Blog at helenhiebertstudio.com are by my husband Timothy S. Allen http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com  The photos below taken on Sept. 29 are by Bette Hickman.

  

Jane’s “Living Quilt” – the Saga Continues

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My “Living Quilt” installation in Newnan, Georgia, continues to change, and more plants are appearing. These photos taken by Newnan artist Bette Hickman show the latest transformation of the handmade paper quilt with wildflower seeds in the paper pulp. The work was installed on August 31 at the end of my artist-in-residency at Newnan Art Rez (www.newnanartist.org)
I will continue to post photos here sent in by local residents. Hopefully the wildflowers will bloom in a few months before frost. The “bed” with a headboard and footboard made with local branches and vines will last for many years.

Jane’s Work Exhibited in Brooklyn, NY at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Corridor Gallery

Jane Ingram Allen is one of 16 artists invited to exhibit in the exhibition “In Our Nature” curated by Meridith McNeal at the Corridor Gallery of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation located at 334 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.  The exhibition opened on September 10, 2017, and continues through November 19, 2017.  The exhibition features art focused on nature and the state of our environment.  See the website at http://rushphilanthropic.org/exhibition/in-our-nature/ for more information about gallery hours and location.

In this show Jane is exhibiting two of her “Brooklyn Site Maps” created in 2003 during an artist-in-residency project at Kentler International Drawing Space, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY (http://www.kentlergallery.org).  Below is a view of the current exhibition at Corridor Gallery with Jane’s “Red Hook Site Map” in the right foreground and a “Brooklyn Site Map” near the left end of the wall.  Jane created these map artworks using mixed media on handmade paper made in Brooklyn and collected debris from the streets of Red Hook to use in her interpretive maps of these areas of NYC.  Here is a link to more about the 2003 project Jane did at Kentler International Drawing Space:

http://www.kentlergallery.org/MultiSearch/Index?search=jane+ingram+allen

Here is a link to a review of the “In Our Nature” exhibition:

https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2017/09/whats-in-your-nature/

 

 

 

Newnan, GA Living Quilt Installation Survives Hurricane Irma

My artist-in-residency project at Newnan Art Rez (www.newnanartist.org) in Newnan, Georgia, “Living Quilt for Newnan”, was installed on August 31, 2017. Just a few days after the installation Hurricane Irma arrived.  The art installation survived this latest hurricane to strike Florida and the southeastern coast of the US. My “Living Quilt for Newnan” installation consists of a handmade paper quilt in a house pattern with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to transform over time into a living blooming work of art. The quilt is installed on a “flower bed” of soil with a headboard and footboard I made with local branches and vines. The installation seems to have survived well the heavy rain and winds in the Newnan area.  There were some power outages in the area that lasted a few days.  We wish all the people in the areas hit by the two recent US hurricanes all the best.

Here are some photos of the art installation in Newnan taken a few days after the installation and before the hurricane showing the transformation beginning and plants starting to appear as the handmade paper dissolves.

The last group of photos are showing the installation after Hurricane Irma came through last week. You can see the plants are growing bigger, and there are lots of loose twigs and leaves on the ground from the storm. These two sets of photos are by artist and Newnan Art Rez board member, Bette Hickman. Thank you, Bette!

I will continue to post photos on this Blog when I receive them from the people in Newnan. Hope the “living quilt” will grow well and provide lots of flowers for people in Newnan to enjoy.

Newnan Living Quilt is Installed!

The Newnan Living Quilt is installed

Jane speaking at the opening ceremony

detail of the installed quilt

another view of the installed quilt

Jane and Bette Hancock getting ready for the installation

Many children helped install the quilt squares

Robert Hancock, Newnan Art Rez Board Member spoke at the installation ceremony

local children line up to install the quilt squares

Jane speaking at the opening ceremony

Just before the installation of the quilt squares – it was sunny!

putting in a stake

Bed just before the quilt is installed

all the children who helped install the handmade paper quilt squares

View of Newnan Living Quilt from the foot of the bed

 

the finished quilt installation

Watering the installed quilt to start the seed germination

Bette Hickman and others looking at the Newnan papermaking plants sample book

installing quilt squares

view of the installed “Newnan Living Quilt” and the Male Academy Museum building

close up of putting in a stake to hold the handmade paper quilt on the ground

putting in the stakes

Jane and the children getting ready to water the “quilt”

installing another quilt square

Carrying a quilt square to be installed

a side view of the installed quilt

Jane and Robert Hancock looking at the installation

putting in the borders

Offering a blessing at the end of the installation ceremony

the mayor speaks to the people gathered for the installation of the Newnan Living Quilt

children installing the squares

Participants looking at the installed quilt

Bette Hickman and Jane laying out the inner borders

the finished Living Quilt for Newnan

 

Mayor of Newnan and grand-daughters looking at the quilt squares

close up of the installed quilt

My “Living Quilt for Newnan – City of Homes” was installed at 6 PM on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The weather turned out perfect with even some sunshine after a morning and evening before of heavy rains. Many people came out to enjoy the installation and dedication ceremony including the mayor of Newnan and Art Rez Board Members and many local children who helped to install the handmade paper quilt squares. We staked down the quilt with bamboo skewers with a cork on top, all being biodegradable materials.

The quilt is made with hand papermaking using stencils and dyed pulp from purchased and local plant materials and has seeds in the paper pulp for Southeastern wildflowers in the same colors as the quilt pattern.  I used bark from cedar, crepe myrtle, magnolia, mulberry, paper bush and wisteria to make paper in Newnan and created a recipe and sample book for Newnan papermaking plants.   The Newnan Living Quilt has a house motif and features a 2-story antebellum home in red, yellow, blue and white colors. The homes are around a square in the middle of each 20-inch quilt square, and each home is composed of 8 layers of handmade paper with natural string in between layers helping to hold it all together.

At the August 31 ceremony, local children laid out the squares and put in the stakes, and then a local minister/poet offered a prayer/blessing for the quilt. I am very grateful to all the volunteers who helped make the handmade paper quilt and construct the “bed. The headboard and footboard are made with local branches collected along the streets of Newnan after people had done some tree trimming. The headboard and footboard also contain wisteria and other vines and lots of hydrangea blossoms that someone had recently clipped off and left to be picked up.

This project was lots of fun for me although lots of work in the 3 weeks of my residency. Thanks to my husband Timothy S. Allen who was with me during the residency in Newnan and helped with all aspects of this project as well as taking great photographs to document it. For more of Tim’s photos see his Blog at http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

I was an artist in residence at Newnan Art Rez from August 8 to Sept. 1, 2017. We leave Newnan today, and I hope the quilt will change over time with the seeds sprouting and blooming as a living quilt for Newnan. Check back here to see photos of the quilt as it changes over time. I am hoping that local volunteers will continue to send me photos. Thank you, Newnan, for a wonderful residency experience!

For more information about the artist-in-residency program in Newnan, visit the website at http://newnanartist.org

 

Bed is Ready for the Handmade Paper Quilt in Newnan, GA

Bed is completed and ready for the handmade paper quilt.  Local volunteers added lots of hydrangea blossoms to decorate the headboard and footboard that are made from local branches.

Jane Ingram Allen resting after completing the “bed” with Newnan volunteers Tim and Jan Bowyer

 

 

Everyone is invited to the installation ceremony and dedication of the Newnan Living Quilt tomorrow August 31 at 6 PM in Newnan, Georgia, at the site next to the old Male Academy and corner of Temple and College Streets in downtown Newnan.  The quilt was made with community participation in Open Studio sessions at the Gray Cottage.  The quilt has a house pattern and is created with handmade paper from plants of Newnan and has seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to change over time and become a living blooming work of art.

Check back here to see the photos of the installation and the finished public art project that I have created during my 3 week artist in residency at Newnan Art Rez, Newnan, GA.  It has been a great experience and a wonderful community to work with.   Thanks everyone for such good support and participation!

Photos here are by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

Newnan Eco Quilt Almost Finished and Installation Set for August 31

visitors from Univ. of W. GA in Newnan looking at the handmade paper “house” quilt laid out on the studio floor

Another quilt block in progress

Making a sample of magnolia bark paper

with Bette Hickman looking at magnolia bark paper samples made in Newnan

Newnan Eco-quilt block laid out on the studio floor and deciding on a white or off-white border

Deciding on the placement of the Newnan flower bed at the site

Putting in stakes to mark the site of the bed

Beating magnolia pulp to make handmade paper in Newnan

Univ. of West Georgia visitors looking at my “Made in Taiwan” handmade paper book

Meredith Wilson came by the Gray Cottage to visit my studio and brought some wisteria bark from her farm for me to use for papermaking.

All the quilt blocks are made and I am taking off the stencils used to make the house design

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I am an artist in residence from August 8 to Sept. 1, in Newnan, GA, at Newnan Art Rez. The Newnan eco quilt and “flower bed” will be ready for installation and a dedication ceremony at 6 PM on August 31 at the site. The Newnan eco-quilt will be installed on the grounds of the old Male Academy near the corner of Temple and College Streets in downtown Newnan.

The place for the “bed” has been marked off and the city has cleared the ground, and soil to build up a bed shape has been brought in. I will be working at the site starting on Friday and creating a headboard and footboard of local branches and vines. Volunteers are encouraged to bring any tree trimmings or vines that they trim to the site of the installation to use in the headboard and footboard. Open studio times for helping with the weaving of a headboard and footboard and helping to shape the bed will be 10AM to 2 PM at the site. Everyone is welcome to come to the dedication ceremony too at 6 PM on August 31.

These photos show progress on the handmade paper quilt that will be about 6 feet x 8 feet in size. The quilt blocks are a house design since Newnan is known as the “city of homes” Here you can see the quilt block laid out on the floor of my studio at Gray Cottage. For the pat two days I have been making borders for the quilt that will be an off white color of pulp using all the plants I have used in Newnan for hand papermaking. More photos will be posted soon of the “bed” making and the installation at the site. Photos here are by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

More volunteers helping with my Newnan Artist in Residency project

On Saturday several people came by the Gray Cottage in Newnan, Georgia, to help make paper for the art project I am doing during my residency at Newnan Art Rez http://newnanartist.org

These photos show Erika Morgan and her two children, Macy age 10 and Ethan age 5, learning to make handmade paper using cedar bark pulp and also helping to make some of the quilt squares for the Newnan Eco-Quilt that will be dedicated and installed at 6PM on Thursday, August 31 on the grounds of the children’s museum in Newnan at the corner of Temple and College Streets. The public is invited to the ceremony where the quilt will be installed in the park.  The photos are taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)

Next week we will be busy at the site creating a bed form of soil and making a headboard and footboard out of local branches. Come join in if you are in the area.
Keep watching this Blog for more photos of my Newnan GA artist in residency project.                           

Volunteers helping at my Newnan, GA, Artist in Residency

Jan Bowyer and Marcy Ward, Newnan Master Gardeners, came over to the Gray Cottage to help with the papermaking during my Newnan Artist in Residency.  The Newnan Master Gardeners group will be helping out also with the making of the flower bed in the park for the installation of the handmade paper quilt with seeds in the pulp to produce wildflowers over time.

I am an artist in residence at Newnan Art Rez (http://newnanartist.org) from August 8 to Sept. 1, 2017, and we are creating a Newnan Eco Quilt with a house theme.  Newnan is known as the “city of homes” because of all the beautiful old homes there.  Newnan is in the state of Georgia about 45 minutes southwest of Atlanta.  We are enjoying the countryside and the people and the many wonderful restaurants too during our stay in Newnan.  These photos are by my husband Timothy S. Allen who came with me to Newnan to document my art project.

Jan and Marcy with Jane cutting and separating string to use in the Newnan handmade paper quilt

Jan Bowyer and Marcy Ward, Newnan master gardeners, came over to help with the papermaking for the Newnan eco-quilt

Jan Bowyer sponges off excess water for the handmade paper quilt

a finished square of the Newnan “house quilt” hanging to dry.

 

The Newnan eco-quilt will be installed on August 31 at a special ceremony.  Keep looking at this blog to see the finished art installation that will be on the grounds of the old Male Academy in Newnan at the corner of College and Temple.

More photos will be posted here soon.   Come join us for the papermaking open studios this week at Gray Cottage, 23 Clark Street in Newnan, GA.