The mysterious Cereus


31.05.14 — Category:  — 

A mysterious event is on-going in my art studio this week.... It is an experience I have been wanting to have for over twenty years.  My Night Blooming Cereus plant has six large buds that are developing rapidly and each one will bloom for just one night this year.  I love watching them take shape and grow so dramatically each day. The anticipation is high for this extraordinary time...


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Insight and Inquiry


18.05.14 — Category:  — 

I offer an opportunity that appears on my website as Personal Artistic Mentoring. Recently I was thinking about all the different types of people that I work with in this way.  It is always a deep joy to me to be involved with the support of another artist’s journey....

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Studio Investigations


13.05.14 — Category:  — 

The studio table is covered with experiements for a new installation piece. This stage of the work always consumes me with a great sense of discovery. Scientific inquiry mixed with artistic intuition brings new directions and questions. 


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Spring in flood country


11.04.14 — Category:  — 

In a few weeks the annual melting of the snow in the Rocky Mountains will begin, and everyone here is bracing and preparing for the waters that will come.  If it melts in a sudden event, because of a hot day, we could be in for heavy flooding, due to the conditions still existing from last Fall's extensive flood. 

This winter I have been working on art pieces related to my experiences of the flood. My father-in-law's house in the mountains was severly effected, and the river moved over significantly on his property, creating a great loss of land and trees. I am fascinated with the way rivers can change their course, and the shapes they take. This is a section of a new piece I am working on about rivers.


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Kozo Workshop - Innovative Techniques FEBRUARY 22


18.02.14 — Category:  — 

                     

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22  BOULDER COLORADO  

CASTING WITH KOZO BARK FIBER -I've developed many innovative techniques over the last twelve years in working intensively with Kozo- an intriguing and unusual bark fiber. Kozo, an eastern traditional fiber, offers many possibilities for contemporary exploration. These include: sculptural and installation work, mixed media and encaustic painting, and image based two dimensional work.  Explore this in-depth workshop, where you will learn to prepare the bark, understand its history and use in Asian art, and make images or abstract shapes that you can incorporate into your art.

 

 


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The Power of Water


17.02.14 — Category:  — 

This exhibition features Jill's piece called Essential Waters, from a new series of art pieces about water.  The art in the exhibition is about water as a force of change, growth or destruction, and features installation and interactive pieces.

Feb 5 - March 2   Firehouse Art Center  667 Fourth Ave  Longmont, CO 

                               


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Come to Two Hands Paperie!


23.01.14 — Category:  — 

There is a very unique place on the far west end of Pearl Street in Boulder where you can see a large, beautifully curated collection of hand made papers from all over the world called Two Hands Paperie. All kinds of high quality paper goods, writing tools, handmade journals, an excellent book selection, and materials and tools for many related crafts such as encaustics and letterpress printing are offered.

I just spent two delightful days there installing my kozo work in their store window. I'll be there again this Friday January 24th as a visiting artist from 2 to 5pm. Come by and see kozo work in progress!


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Heavy Rains Come from Dark Skies


20.01.14 — Category:  — 

I have been in the studio working on new pieces related to the massive flooding events this past season where I live in Colorado.  The sound and experience of heavy rain for days, is so very rare here, and inspired this piece- Unending Rains from Dark Skies. Here is a detail from it.


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Winds bring Tumbleweeds


3.01.14 — Category:  — 

Recent Chinnook winds along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains have brought blessings to the studio.  I went out to collect the tumbleweeds and have a wonderful collection now. I've tied some to the fence in patterns, and am experimenting with crystalizing others. 


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The Beauty of Winged Insects


12.10.13 — Category: Newsletter — 

Amidst all the flood activity, it has been hard to take time for the deeper practices that sustain and nourish us, like settling into drawing and creative time. I've been in the studio with some beautiful winged insects, and wanted you to know of some upcoming opportunities to be inspired by them too.

Workshops- The Beauty of Winged Insects

 Oct 20th Drawing and Inspiration I'm offering a workshop where we will have up-close time with some of the most visually interesting winged insects in the CU Natural History Museum collections! We will look at them with an artist's eye, draw and photograph their amazing structures, and learn from their inspiring details and colors. 

 Oct 26th Creating Winged Creatures The following weekend is another workshop- this time to create winged creatures using a rich selection of natural materials, inspired by the hundreds of insects I've exhibited in my environmental installation art. 


Plants and Insects in a Time of Change- my installation art exhibition will be at the CU Museum of Natural History just a few more weeks

 


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Insect Workshops!


11.10.13 — Category:  — 

Upcoming workshops in connection with Jill Powers’ exhibition at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

WORKSHOPS:

DRAWING WINGED INSECTS FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

         SUNDAY  OCT 20   1- 3:30  

ART INSECTS - ALL NATURAL  at Jill's studo

         SAT  OCT 26  9:30 - 12:30  

For full information go to Insect Workshops on the Classes page


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Insects at Durango Exhibition: Washi and Paper Ephemera


22.09.13 — Category:  — 

A wall of insects - at the exhibition Washi and Other Paper Ephemera at the Durango Art Center in Colorado


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Giant Kelp


16.08.13 — Category: Newsletter — 

Giant Kelp

Ocean rhythms washed through my studio this summer as I worked on large installation art pieces with giant kelp made from kozo. I once went kayaking through deep ocean waters...

           

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Three Summer Invitations


10.07.13 — Category: Newsletter — 

Summer greens are everywhere. Right now my studio is overflowing with long green fronds of giant kelp!  It's made from kozo bark fiber for a new art installation about  healthy oceans and the life forms essential to them. 

The first invitation is to come see the giant kelp and five other new pieces in Golden, Colorado in the exhibition Threads of Change at the Foothills Art Center. The opening is Friday July 12th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. You will also see new work there from my recent artist residency featuring sculpted hands made from kozo!  This will be an exciting show featuring a selection of Colorado contemporary artists who use innovative fiber materials and processes. 

Here's a photo with work in progress on the kelp from when I was working at the Terraphilia residency...

WORKSHOPS:Summer and fall workshops at my studio and at the Natural History Museum in Boulder, Colorado

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WATER


13.05.13 — Category:  — 

On my residency I explored some new work with themes of water and the environment, along with continued insect pieces.  I got to use Robert Spellman's microscope and looked at river water from Salida. The algae was fascinating to see up close.  I was also reading Of Rock and Rivers- Seeking a Sense of Place in the American West by Ellen Wohl.  New kozo pieces are emerging...


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Working with KOZO


10.05.13 — Category:  — 

Over the past 12 years, I have focused on developing new techniques for working in contemporary ways with KOZO bark fiber. Kozo is a tough woody inner bark (bast fiber) that I soak, cook, and selectively open. I have found many ways to cast it in the wet stage that allow for some very unique qualities to emerge.I love how it returns to it's bark-like strength, while still appearing  to be delicate. This year I will be teaching kozo workshops...

 


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High school students learn about Environmental Art


6.05.13 — Category: Environmental Art — 

During my Terraphilia Artist Residency I gave several talks at the Salida High School nearby on what it is like to work as artist with environmental ideas.  To read more, click on the title of this post)  

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Views all around


2.05.13 — Category:  — 

The artist residency in Salida offers spectacular views in all directions!  We had snow for a day, and now big thunderstorms on the way this week...


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Terraphilia Artist Residency!


30.04.13 — Category:  — 

What a great experience being at the Terraphilia Artist Residency in Salida Colorado!  It's an eco-art residency and features cool housing and a wonderful community!  The studio is in a...


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Speaking to an Environmental Design Seminar


15.03.13 — Category:  — 

An exciting new cross-disciplinary class at CU called Environmental Design Seminar is is being taught by Pat Kociolek, Kathleen Kambic, and Paul Lander.  They invited me to...


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Water in the West


25.02.13 — Category:  — 

I've been going to local meetings regarding the issues related to water in the west- particularly hydrolic fracturing. We are so lucky to have the Center of the American West- Patty Limerick is spearheading months of lectures on fracking- from all different points of view- educating us...


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The Sound of the Beetles- Watch the video


17.02.13 — Category:  — 

WATCH THE VIDEO that is imbedded into the installation piece Bark Beetle Forest.  It features very close up images of the beetles and gives a sweeping view of forests impacted by the beetles. The video was not designed to be watched separate from the art, but you can visualize it appearing on several video screens at once, with staggered start times, so that each screen has a different image. 

In the video you can listen to the sound of the beetles thanks to David Dunn, the sound ecologist who recorded the beetles underneath the bark!  Listen to the unusual clicking sounds! That is how the beetles communicate. There are also whooshing sounds of fluids in the trees, and chewing noises.  It's all recorded in the tree, and layered together to produce The Sound of Light in the Trees produced by The Acoustic Ecology Institute...


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Environmental Center in the mountains


8.02.13 — Category:  — 

It was great to hear from the Program Director at Cal-Wood Education Center in Nederland, Colorado. Their staff is interested in learning from the bark beetle art exhibition.  I have a lot of ideas about how to deepen student's environmental understanding through art...


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The Forest


7.02.13 — Category:  — 

Some people have seen my art exhibition and ask "Why doesn't your work show more of the doom and gloom about the loss of the forests?"  That's an interesting question!            

This piece from my show is called Requiem for the Forest, and is a deep response to the forest that we are losing. It honors the spirit of the trees in the forest by showing just the living outer layer of the trees- an almost ghostly or spirit-filled presence of the forest that is vanishing in our lifetime. The three trees are presented in front of a wall of actual tree slabs that are from beetle killed trees, along with orange pine needles below.  It is not doom and gloom here, but genuine grief.

               However, after 8 months of reading about bark beetles form all angles of this complex issue, I find....

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Winter Inspiration


1.02.13 — Category:  — 

I always think of this time of year as a time with more indoor hours looking out on the quiet beauty of the season. The striking blues of the snow, the inward time it seems to invite. We crave inspiration to carry us. 

It's a wonderous opening we feel when seeing works of art which expand our world and have a meaningful depth. It can lift your spirit and bring just the joy and thoughtfulness that is needed. 

I invite you to the final three days of my exhibition, Plants and Insects in a Time of Change. The art is a sensory experience, with sound, video, and scientific insights. Go see the unusual kozo art and perhaps even take a piece home with you, to have that inspiration as part of your life. 

The Firehouse Art Center is just 20 minutes from Boulder, one block off Main Street in downtown Longmont.  It is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week only, from noon to 5pm. 

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Why make art related to Bark Beetles?


28.01.13 — Category:  — 

What first drew me to work with bark beetles in my art?  The beautiful patterns they carve into the inner bark of the trees were compelling, and repelling at the same time.  Visually, I like the linear patterns and painted many versions of these in the long airy panels I call Xylem and Phloem.  Conceptually, I have to recognize that these channels in the bark represent the end of life of the tree. I began to reading and talking to scientists who were studying the beetles...

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Bark Beetles at Climate Change Congress - New Zealand


25.01.13 — Category:  — 

CU Professor of BioGeography and Conservation, Tom Veblen, travelled to New Zealand to present a talk at a Climate Change conference, and included photos and information about Jill's bark beetle exhibition...


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Bark Beetle Book


23.01.13 — Category:  — 

As an artist working primarily with bark fiber, I don't often get a chance to do writing and design illustration. For this exhibition I wrote and illustrated a chapbook on the story of the bark beetles. It is available free to everyone.  I designed...


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Beetle Film Night


18.01.13 — Category:  — 

Come to a fun night of short films related to the exhibition Plants and Insects in a Time of Change!  We'll see videos from other contemporary artists who have been inspired by insects, and some short films on the latest research about bark beetles. To see...


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Resources


17.01.13 — Category:  — 

Lots of information available at the exhibition for people wanting to know more about bark beetles and our forests. There are...


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Opening night Live Motion Piece


16.01.13 — Category:  — 

It was a snowy night, and the gallery was packed, for the opening of the show and to see the Contemplative Dance Collective's Live Motion pieces!

The science related to the show permeated all the pieces, and raised awareness about global warming and its effects close to home with the bark beetles in Colorado's forests.

 Here are a few images taken by photographer David Silver.

    

To see all the pictues, click on the title of this post!


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Bark Beetles and Colorado's Forests


14.01.13 — Category:  — 

I will be giving an Artist's Talk on Saturday January 19th at 7PM, and will also be screening six short films - all about insects.  It will be a mix of films about Colorado's forests, the mountain pine bark beetles, and some films about interesting things contemporary artists are doing with insects!  Don't miss it!

       

The talk is in conjunction with my exhibition Plants and Insects in a Time of Change which opened Friday night.  An exciting mix of art lovers and scientists attended the show. The Contemplative Dance Collective captivated eveyone with their movement and presence. The new video created for an installation piece in the show features bark beetles in action, and how they've affected Colorado's forests. 

I hope you will have a chance to see the work in person. The Firehouse Art Center in Longmont  Colorado is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Noon to 5PM through February 3rd.  It is at 4th and Coffman, just a block off Main Street.

 

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Exhibition Opening January 2013


14.01.13 — Category:  — 

     

    Plants and Insects in a Time of Change

  NEW WORK BY JILL POWERS  

   January 11 to February 3  2013

ARTIST TALK AND FILM NIGHT   JAN 19TH   7PM 

FIREHOUSE ART CENTER, 4TH AND COFFMAN  LONGMONT, COLORADO

 Jill’s art explores the mysteries and complexities of insect life, raising our awareness about the delicate ecosystems that make life on earth viable for all of us.  Climate change has affected even the smallest winged creatures on the planet, and their lives have a large scale impact on our own. This exhibition features work about climate change and insects, and explores the role of pine bark beetles in the huge changes happening in Colorado’s forests.  Jill’s sculptural and installation art is entirely made from a sustainably grown inner bark called Kozo. Installation pieces incorporate sound and video.


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21.12.12 — Category:  — 

The Solstice marks the celestial point of greatest darkness, and the beginning of the return of the light, minute by minute, earlier each night.  I look forward to this transformation!

                                        

EXHIBITION  Please mark JANUARY 11th from 6 to 9pm in your new 2013 calendar for the opening to my new exhibition at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont Colorado(4th & Coffman). The new work is Plants and Insects in a Changing World. Pieces include installation and sound. A Live Motion piece by members of the Contemplative Dance Collective will happen during the opening.

To see the whole blog post click on Solstice Greetings


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The Latest News on Bark Beetles


16.10.12 — Category:  — 

Come hear Jeff Mitton and Scott Ferrenberg talk about their research with the Mountain Pine Beetle. Dr Mitton is a professor in Evolutionary Biology at CU and has been studying the progress of the forests.  "The current epidemic of mountain pine beetle is an order of magnitude larger than any previously recorded".

 


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Yucca Seed Harvest Time


5.10.12 — Category:  — 

Snow this morning! Such an early autumn season this year!  It is time for harvesting seed pods. I was out among the ridges north of Lyons, Colorado yesterday, collecting some yucca pods for their seeds.   more.......


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Studio explorations


7.08.12 — Category:  — 

My studio tables are often filled with materials and pieces in progress from three or four different projects. Right now I am working on pieces for an upcoming show related to insects and climate change.


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An artist's Reading and Research on Bark Beetles!


25.07.12 — Category:  — 

This is one the books at my bedside! Fascinating reading about the story of what is happening in western forests from Mexico all the way up through Canada.  I've been doing a lot of research on this subject...  click on the post title to learn more


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Grounding in the foothills


10.07.12 — Category:  — 

Hiking up the first foothill along the front range of the Rockies, I can see the mountains not far off. The yucca and sage are everywhere.  The prairie dogs call out their sharp barks.


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Forest Devastation


17.06.12 — Category:  — 


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Insects in International Fiber Philadelphia


6.04.12 — Category:  — 


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Insects, Kozo, and Climate Change and other news from the studio....


31.01.12 — Category: Newsletter — 

The Small Winged Life is the new installation art piece I've been working on for a year, which will debut this month at the International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia. As an artist, I am making this piece to explore the mysteries and complexities of insect life, and to raise awareness about the delicate ecosystems that make life on earth viable for all of us. I made over 200 insects out of kozo fiber, seed pods, and many mixed media natural processes and materials. The insects are mounted on entomology pins and flow across the wall in patterns.  

              

"Insects are the little things that run the world." Biologist E.O. Wilson "Our planet's essential functions would surely collapse without them...The vast majority of insects are inconsquential to our personal lives, but of critical importance to humanity as a whole " -Kaufman's Field Guide to Insects of North America

For more on the insect exhibition, and news of upcoming openings, classes, and events, click on the title of this blog to get the full story.

                


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Sneak Preview!


15.12.11 — Category:  — 

                                              

I've been working on an installation piece for the last six months, related to Climate Change. The piece has led me to so many resources and information that I find fascinating. Here is a sneak preview of one small element of the coming piece. (It's made from a seed pod I found in my friend Eve's garden, and has a skin of gut and salt, creating a textured surface that I love.) It is a section of one element, out of hundreds in the installation.   Stay tuned for the unveiling of this piece in January! 


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December Studio Classes


18.11.11 — Category: Newsletter — 

 

Treat yourself to a day of inspired creative explorations. A selection of unique explorations with natural materials.  Click on the blog title for details, or go to the Classes page.

 


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Open Studios weekend


2.10.11 — Category:  — 

Open Studios began yesterday with a beautiful autumn skies, and my studio was packed all day. Lots of inspiration and conversation, good sales, interest in upcoming workshops, and connections for the future. I am showing new floating panels, two new collections of wall pieces, the finished silkworm pieces, jewelry, and figures of women. Hope to see you here today, or next weekend.  I'm open from noon to six pm, Saturday and Sunday.


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A glimpse into the studio...


24.09.11 — Category: Newsletter — 

Why is it so inspiring to visit an artist’s studio?  The fresh work, the personal experience, seeing how they live their art, the poetry of their collections..... it’s a breath of vitality, depth, and connection. 


 My studio is Open the next two weekends-  October 1 & 2,  and October 8 & 9   Open from Noon to Six    Come visit!   1702 Sumac Ave,  Boulder  80304


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Summer delights....


24.06.11 — Category: Newsletter — 

  Find the gems of summer.  Enjoy a summer workshop


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The story of the silk chamber pieces


25.05.11 — Category: Silkworms — 

 You are invited to the talk at the Jane Sauer Gallery at 730 Canyon Road in Santa Fe on Sunday June 5th at 1PM. Come hear the story of this enchanting work.


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29.04.11 — Category:  — 

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22.04.11 — Category:  — 

Native Alaskan art form!  See full blog post                                      


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Cloud Chamber for Japan


20.03.11 — Category:  — 

JOIN ME IN HELPING THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN JAPAN  

PLACE YOUR BID TO PURCHASE CLOUD CHAMBER    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF IN JAPAN

The traditional arts of silk and kozo fiber have been the foundation for my experimental work, and I owe a great debt to papermakers and textile artists in JAPAN. When I read the following message,  I realized I wanted to do something to help.  I have decided to offer one of my sculptures to the highest bidder, and will make a 100% donation to the Red Cross in honor of Japanese papermakers. (click on the blog entry title to see the message and details)


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Experimentation with Design


8.03.11 — Category: Cocoon Art — 


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Young silkworms


1.03.11 — Category: Silkworms — 


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Fiberarts Magazine visits the studio


27.02.11 — Category:  — 


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Laying eggs!


28.03.10 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

The females lay hundreds of eggs in a few hours. The beautiful yellow eggs will...


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Mating! The silk moths find each other


23.03.10 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

The silk moths rest a few moments, and then the female begins scenting for a mate. The male senses her with his large antennae, and buzzes around until he finds her....


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The Silk Moth Arrives


18.03.10 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

After a few minutes of rest from the struggle of emerging, the silk moth's wings are pumped fully and the beautiful creamy white moth looks around the world for the fist time....


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Emerging from the cocoon!


12.03.10 — Category: Cocoon Art — Comment

These moths are just emerging from their cocoons.....


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stages of my silkworms' lives


9.03.10 — Category: Cocoon Art — Comment

Some of the silkworms are almost ready to spin, and others are in the three day process of spinning!


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Cocoon collaboration


4.03.10 — Category: Cocoon Art — Comment

The silkworms spin their cocoons in a space that I created for them out of bark fiber...

  


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Spinning Silk Cocoons


15.11.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment


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Full of liquid silk!


9.11.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment


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New Skin


3.11.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

New skin


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silkworms growing...


25.10.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

Silkworms growing


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Mulberry leaves!


21.10.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

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The Adventure has begun!


13.10.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment

Eggs The adventure has begun!


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Open Studios 2009


27.09.09 — Category: News — Comment

Open Studios 2009You are invited to visit me in my studio this fall during the 2009 Open Studios Tour...


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Metamorphosis


25.09.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment [2]

Eggs!Each cocoon takes three days to spin - a magical time in the studio...


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Welcome!


25.09.09 — Category: Silkworms — Comment [1]

Moth on a thumbRaising silk involves a beautiful journey into the insect world...


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ABOUT

Jill Powers is a contemporary fiber artist living in Boulder, CO. She experiments with many natural media and processes. She has often raised silkworms in her art studio for collaborations.

Jill

 

LINKS

Jane Sauer Gallery,  Santa Fe

Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia

National Paper Makers Organization- The Friends of Dard Hunter

Naropa University Visual Arts, Boulder, CO

The Ditch Project

 


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