The New Textiles: Transformed
October 1 through November 15, 2015
I am excited to report that I will be presenting three large pieces at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, as part of the exhibition The New Textiles: Transformed.
The gallery recently became familiar with my work and invited me to participate in the show. Primary will be one of the pieces along, with two additional thread- and book- based works. I look forward to working with them and am excited to be expanding the representation of my work on the east coast.
ART MADE FROM BOOKS
My work is featured in Art Made from Books, a newly released title from Chronicle Books. Expertly edited by Laura Heyenga, this beautifully designed book features the work of twenty-seven artists who use books as the raw material for their work.
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Ten Years of Artists’ Books
Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center Lobby
October 1, 2015 — January 24, 2016
I am pleased to announce that my work will be shown in the land of my foreparents, Brooklyn. My piece Abridged, which addresses the topic of book censorship, contains 39 "objectionable" words which caused the American Heritage Dictionary to be censored in school districts in several states. Ten Years of Artists’ Books is a show guest curated by Donna Seager of Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley. It will be celebrating the anniversary of a gallery that has always championed the book as an art form. Donna Seager is unique among gallerists in that she had the foresight and vision to put the artist’s book on the fine art gallery map. This is a show not to be missed and will include a broad spectrum of artists working in the medium in a wide variety of ways.
Commission for the Palo Alto Medical Center
Los Gatos, California
My latest commission, Cordifolia, for the Palo Alto Medical Center in Los Gatos, is made out of paperback book covers and wire. It was fun to work with vibrant colors and make a playful, light-hearted piece. I love seeing my work in public spaces, especially healthcare settings where people from all walks of life can view and enjoy the work.
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Reuse Muse — New Fall Session
Six weeks, Sept. 30 — Nov. 4, 2015
Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $495 (includes some supplies)
Registration has begun for Reuse Muse, my six-week mixed-media class. In this class we investigate the materiality of books, recycled materials, and text, in two and three dimensions with a structure of fun concept- and materials-based assignments.
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Sunday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Filled
Because of the overwhelming response, we are offering this same workshop again on September 6.
Sunday, September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Filled
Please email me if you would like to be waiting list in case of a cancellation.
Fee $145 (plus $15 for supplies)
Thread as a drawing element and form of embellishment will be the focus this workshop. We will explore the use of stabilizers to make thread drawings, lace- and web-like structures and as a connection with other elements like found paper, book pages and fabric. Both hand- and machine-sewing will be encouraged as we explore the expressiveness and fragility of this most intriguing of materials. Beginners are always welcome! No previous art-making experience required.
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In the Studio
Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words. For the exhibition Do Not Destroy, she created the piece Fauxliage: No Birds Sing which transformed Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book Silent Spring into delicate and quite convincing leaf forms, a reference to the anti-pesticide message therein.