And Here We Are, Fall 2015

For those coming back to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to pursuit their BFA, and even to those outside of KCAI revisiting this blog because they love to hear about everything FIBER, welcome back to another school year at KCAI!  And a special welcome to all the new and wonderful sophomores who entered the realms of fiber in the Fiber Department at KCAI!  I suspect it is going to be a grand year as we welcome new technologies, processes, ideas, and collaborations in order to fulfill our goals as successful artists. 

On the topic of artists (in general), I would like to make an announcement, preluding with some facts about an awesome organization that exists in Kansas City, Missouri.  Every year Charlotte Street Foundation awards artists in Kansas City a studio residency in one of their two facilities.

These awards go out to visual artists, writers, and performing artists and ensembles qualifying them for a year-long Charlotte Street Foundation studio residency which provides them free studios, rehearsal space, and related support for artists of all disciplines in downtown Kansas City.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Max Adrian”, 2015

While approximately 23 artists were chosen for the full year from 2015-16, with two returning Fiber majors, I would like to highlight the two new Fiber majors that were accepted for their first time this year.  These awesome visual/ fiber artists are Max Adrian and Kadie Nugent, both who graduated last year from KCAI, 2015.  Congrats and mazel tov!

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Kadie Nugent”, 2015



Also, per honorable mention, Hannah Carr and Lauren Sobchak from the Fiber Department at KCAI were awarded a second term with Charlotte Street this year as well.

FYI: To kick off the new studio residency term, the public is invited to meet the artists and learn about their work at a free “Studio Residents Slide Slam” Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina Gallery, 1000 West 25th Street. This fun, informal evening will feature 3-minute (timed) slide presentations (10 slides per artist) by 24 of the incoming studio resident artists—thus providing a rapid-fire introduction to the work, ideas, processes, and personalities of these diverse artists.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Act II, scene I: Outcry”, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Laundry Day Was Last Week” detail, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Please Sweep”, 2015


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Lepodordric Dichotomy

Lepodordric Dichotomy is a collaboration between Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, seniors in KCAI’s fiber program.  They are working with moths (Lepidoptera) which both create the material, silk, and destroy, wool. They are working with traditional textile processes, including weaving, and video projection. They are using the scientific approach in order to create their work, treating each piece as an experiment.  In order to help fund this collaboration, Kristen and Emily have created an indiegogo check it out Indiegogo
Their show will be at the Locust Factory, May 2nd, located at the Locust Factory, 504 East 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108!
Also they are updating their progress on their Blog, and on Tumblr
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New Exposure Unit!!

New Exposure Unit!!

Our brand new exposure unit is finally getting set up!

Senior Focus: Kori Weaver

My current studio practice consists of designing my own hand and digitally printed fabrics.  These fabrics will eventually be showcased in a spring/summer clothing collection.  The imagery on the textiles comes from hand drawn studies of patterns found in nature.  Patterns I have been looking at include aerial views of the earth, plants, animals, and even microscopic life.  Through the use of flowing, easy fit garments and a limited color palette, I hope to evoke the feelings of rest and peace that are often experienced when one is immersed in nature.

Below are some examples of my textile designs.


“Why did I go to Netflix for my bank account?”

In the semester’s second Corridor Gallery show, the scattering of attention, inherent absurdities, and cultural & visual jumbles  are addressed in the space engaging installation.

Why did I go to Netflix for my bank account

statement: Bank of America and Netflix, astronomically different, yet somehow still connected by the color red. The threads that pull our life together are all intertwined, albeit usually as related to each other as polyester and wool. The ironically bleak corridor has witnessed many epiphanies amidst its blank walls, deaf, mute, blind. Using only insanity and magic, the sad room can be transformed into a cozy beehive, reminiscent of a hunter’s lodge. By merely mashing brainscapes together into a confined space, it will let itself glimpse the greener grass. After all, what is Tulsa but a slut? All six senses, dead or alive, will be stimulated. Feel with your eyes. Hear with your mouth, sniff the noises, and taste the sights. And don’t forget to smell the textures.

-Lynn Thonet Gross