Check out this recording of my presentation at the Wallingford Library, July 2022. We also held a two hour sewing workshop where a group of amazing folks from the community came by to contribute to the project.
From 5:00-7:00 PM we’ll be sewing a life-sized portrait of an animal harmed by plastic pollution from the Entangled and Ingested project in the library’s Collins room.
I’m excited to be joining the Rockfall Foundation this Thursday at the Wadsworth Mansion for their Meet Your Greens event.
|Meet Your Greens|
With Dr. Katharine OwensThursday, June 16 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
|Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30pm at the Wadsworth Mansion outside patio. **This event is weather permitting, rain cancels**Dr. Katharine Owens will share how she uses the arts to communicate about the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. A researcher and artist, Dr. Owens has spent the last year creating a series of forty-six life-sized portraits of animals harmed by marine debris. She creates most of the pieces herself by hand sewing film plastic onto canvas, but the largest pieces (including three life-sized whales) are being co-created with the public.|
Dr. Katharine Owens is a Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and International Studies and Director of the University Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Hartford. Her work has been supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Geographic Society, the Fulbright Nehru program, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who seeks to merge science, policy, and the arts.Bring your own food & drink. Free to participate.
We will meet at the outside Patio at The Wadsworth Mansion,
421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT
Plan to arrive around 5:30 with the speaker beginning at 5:45.
Registration is not required, but helpful to inform you of changes or cancelations due to weather. It would also help us determine event set-up and other supplies to bring.
I’m so happy to share the link from the April 2nd Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation event. This annual event invites four speakers to share on a topic of interest to the community. It’s a sign of a good event when you get as much as you give– and I found in addition to sharing, I learned a great deal from the other speakers. Each shared a fascinating perspective on their topic of interest– and the group was so open and welcoming. It was a delight! You can watch video presentations of the speakers (including me), linked on their website. Check it out!
One of the silver linings of the pandemic is getting the opportunity to visit classrooms in other places without the expense and climate impact of travel. I was thrilled to be asked to visit my AESS Board colleague and friend Karin Warren’s class at Randolph College. I shared my research and art with the class which focuses on Sustainability Principles and Practices. The students then worked to create their own craftivism pieces from film plastics. Check out their work below– what a thrill to see how they took the idea and ran with it! I love seeing how people can take the same idea and materials and come up with really different, fun, and innovative versions of the work.
Karin, I, and a handful of amazing artists, teachers, and researchers will be leading a discussion symposium at this year’s annual AESS conference in Baltimore MD on Craftivism in Practice.
This weekend, we’ll be sewing the whale from 10AM-2PM on Saturday and Sunday on Main Street in Middletown.
We’re planning a little earlier time because I’ll be presenting on Saturday night (April 2nd, 2022) at the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation’s Talk of the Towns event. This free event begins at 7PM (doors open at 6:15) and will include talks by me and three others: John Paoletti, Jo Schaller, and Warren Herzig on topics including the statue of David, policing, and family farms.
If you’d like to learn more about my work but cannot make it to Durham on the 2nd, I’ll be presenting about my work on Tuesday, April 5th at 6PM for the UHart Alumni Network. Learn more and sign up for this event here.