Kate Gorman in residency - reflection

After two weeks of travel around Scotland and England, then a flight home and back to work, my time at Project Ability seems both far away and just a few days ago.  I am glad that I was able to stop in before my flight home and see a few staff and artists to say goodbye.

The work that I started at Project Ability will be part of my ongoing series of drawings on linen that explore my family history through retelling and embellishing the bits and pieces of what little I know.  I was happy to get to the library at Airdrie to find out more about my Lithuanian ancestors who immigrated to Glasgow around 1900. Up in the Isle of Skye my cousin and I explored cemeteries looking for graves of ancestors.

When I left Project Ability, I traveled to the south of England to take a workshop with Rosalind Wyatt at West Dean College in Chichester.  There I learned an embroidery technique, duplicating handwriting with stitches.  I began to take my journal entries and embroider them on a shirt.

I am so grateful to have had the time and space to work on these pieces at Project Ability. I want to thank everyone, especially Elisabeth, Jim, Berengere, Stewart, Lisa, Tracy, Celine and Sandi for making my too short residency so terrific.  I really enjoyed meeting all of the artists in both rooms and seeing some of the amazing things going on in all of the programs.  I am looking forward to sharing my experience back in Ohio at the Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery.   I hope to see you all again!
-Kate Gorman

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