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Artist Residency – Hypatia-in-the-Woods – Part 1

The Holly House for Hypatia-in-the-Woods artist residency in Shelton, WA

Recently, I spent two weeks at an artist residency, Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Located in Shelton, Washington the Holly House is the name of the place where I stayed. Previously, I have participated in other artist residencies in various locations. Each time, I have to figure out what supplies to bring with me. Fortunately, I have driven to all the residencies I have taken part in, thus far. But each location has its own space and set up.


Portrait of Flathead Lake

Portrait of Flathead Lake Artwork

In the autumn of 2020, I was fortunate to be an artist-in-residence at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana. It was an inspirational time. Now at home, I continue to make art based on the area. Portrait of Flathead Lake is an artwork I recently finished, utilizing information I learned during my residency of factors contributing to the lake’s pristine nature. Flathead lake is one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the world.


Pack for an Artist Residency- Montana Residency – Part 1

pack for an artist residency
During the month of October I was an artist-in-residence at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana. How do I pack for an artist residency?


It is always a daunting task figuring out what art supplies to bring with me. Working with fabrics makes it a little bit harder than just bringing a box of paints and some canvases. I have to bring a sewing machine, ironing board & iron, cutting mat and cutting tools, rulers, threads, etc. The hardest part is narrowing down which fabrics to bring. It’s not like I can just mix a new color if I don’t have one. Since I like to be inspired by the location, I don’t always have an exact plan of what I’ll be doing and know what colors I want/need.