Halliday’s Fiberly News 15: My Overview of 2015

I had a wonderful series of art experiences in 2015, which also played a role in my failure to blog. I had intended to blog about each experience as it unfolded.  Alas, no time.  Instead I now will recap the year.    Here are brief details working backwards from the most recent.

In December of 2015 I finished a commission of Brass Kimono 2.  These images were taken in the owner’s home.

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Kimber Olson and I mounted a show at the Owatonna Hospital on October 30, 2015 that will be up through February 2016.

IMG_9543Migration, one of my pieces

IMG_9563This is Kimber’s piece detailing the brain

I spent the month of October at a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  This was a phenomenal experience for me, and much new work will be coming soon.  I met amazing fellow artists, Chris Mauersberger, Jenna Richards, Carrie Dickason; fantastic writers, Anna Vodika, Leslie Schwartz, Essie Chambers to name a very few.   Among the highlights were  studio visits from visiting guest artists John Jerome O’Conner

5c9fb450751065c1063768de3feb8ae0A Recurrence Plot

and the fiber referenced sculptor Elena Herzog.

Elana Herzog Southern Lights 72 dpi        Southern Lights, 2014


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The splendor of verdant Vermont.

Stayed tuned for developing work from my VSC experience.IMG_9106      IMG_9232


August -October 2015 I was delighted to have my work hanging in the lobby of the American Craft Council offices.


This lead to a wonderful interview with Peter Shea of Bat of Minerva, and is archived at the University of Minnesota.

You can check out the interview here:  Download: audio, small video, or original.

IMG_8312Afghan for PeteIMG_6873Detail

In July I created a site specific piece for Tuck Under Gallery.  Kudos to Pete Dreissen for his own work, and his support of so many artists.

May-August I was thrilled to show the Poetics of Evolution in my hometown, at the Duluth Art Institute.  Many thanks to Marlys Johnson and Annie Dugan for making this happen

Duluth Art Inst Postcard

IMG_6962At the Artist’s Talk


And here is a link to a featured interview on KUMD radio:  http://kumd.org/term/carolyn-halliday#stream/0

In June of 2015 I was very honored to be invited to show in Radical Basketry, at Textile Center.


Natural Disaster and Human Intervention III

In May Kimber Olson and I mounted together another show which was at the Phipps. It is a pleasure for the two of us to work together.


IMG_6625Buckthorn (hanging)Natural Disaster and Human Intervention II (in the foreground)

Kimber and I were happy to have a third show together this year, at my beloved Textile Center,in April 2015.

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2015 was a year of continuous shows for me. As I look ahead to 2016, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities of last year, and eagerly embrace the artistic unknowns of this new year.

Halliday’s Fiberly Art News 14: A Nabadi Happy New Year

I have been remiss in my blog updates but 2016 brings an opportunity to recommit. It seems my busy show schedule throughout 2015 is to blame. Yesterday I somewhat impulsively responded to an opportunity to participate in a brief workshop cosponsored by Midway Contemporary Arts and FD13. FD 13 artist residencies aim to connect international artists  with Minneapolis/St Paul artists and community. Currently Ei Arakawa , Gela Patashuri, and Sergei Tcherepnin are in residency, creating the exhibition and performance “Room & Board & Crate & Barrel & Mother Vertical” at Midway Contemporary Arts. Gela is here from Georgia, located in the Caucasian Mountains and Ei and Sergei are New York artists. During yesterday’s hour long workshop, a group of random people made metal Nabadi’s with the resident artists, culminating in a winter dance at Hampden park.  The Nabadi’s will be used as part of the Midway exhibition which opens January 21. A Nabadi is a traditional dark felted garment worn by mountain shepherds whose stiffness also allows it to provide a kind of shelter.  Felted  from the course black guard hairs of the Karakul sheep, this workshop appealed to my love of textile traditions applied to contemporary art concepts.images

Additional intrigue for me was the metal from which they were constructed.  The galvanized steel and 1/4 rivets were very difficult to manipulate but others’ stronger hands succeeded in getting them completed.

Here’s an image of the classic garment.

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And here are images of the construction

IMG_0259   (Kelsey Olson’s arms)


IMG_0261Here am I, down coat under Nabadi, ready to head into the below zero weather.

After an improvised dance led by the resident artists, we left the heavy Nabadi’s in the snow, making a lovely tribute to the close of a beautiful winter’s day.




Once again I celebrate the creative interpretation of textiles/garments as sculpture.  Thank you fd13 and Midway Contemporary Arts.