Cycle 4 AiR: Interview with Eleanor Anderson
Textile Arts Center: How did you first become involved with the Textile Arts Center?
Eleanor Anderson: I first became involved with TAC when I was looking for artist residencies in textiles at the end of college.
TAC: What medium do you generally work in?
EA: I love to draw, paint and collage. I also love various printmaking processes. During the TAC residency, I experimented with dyeing, machine sewing and screen printing.
TA: What inspires your work?
EA: I find inspiration everywhere I look! When I was living in New York, I loved the pastiche of patterns of people’s clothing, pressed tightly together on the subway. Currently, I am living on a dude ranch is Sunlight Basin Wyoming, and the mountains inspire me everyday. I love the way the aspen leaves shimmy like tambourines and how the mountains recede in various shades of blue at the beginning and end of the day.
TAC: What is your artistic process like?
EA: I spend a lot of time drawing in sketchbooks that I bind myself. I find that these books hardly ever hold “finished” pieces, but are vessels for a certain time and place in my life and how I see the world during that time.
EA: I learned SO MUCH! Wow. Hard to say what specifically – I learned how the support of five other amazing artists and two incredible mentors can push you to places that you never thought you would go with your art.
EA: Agnes Martin, because of how she lived and wrote about her work.
EA: I would wear my camper zip up booties and wrangler jean jacket.
EA: I always have my watercolors that I keep in days of the week pill boxes.
TAC: What’s your favorite place in the world and why?
EA: Hard one! Wherever my friends and family happen to be… But exploring Sunlight Basin Wyoming on my mountain bike makes me happy everyday.
TAC: If you could recommend one class at TAC which one would it be?
EA: Machine Knitting with Lindsay Deegan!
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