Amanda Jolley/Becky Stevens: Asemic Writing
with Encaustic Exploration
Co-Instructors: Amanda Jolley & Becky Stevens
Date: June 5-7, 2020
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Supply Fee: TBD
Maximum: 16 students
Asemic writing is wordless open semantic form of writing without the smallest unit of meaning. We prefer to view asemic writing as an expression of a personal inner language, one perhaps even the maker cannot translate cognitively. In this workshop, we will experiment with various approaches to asemic writing both large and small, and address ways to incorporate the writing into our work.
We will focus on the discovery and development of our inner language or “alphabet” through body movement and free guesture, explore poetic and other forms of asemic writing. Ultimately we will take our alphabet, break it apart, and explore different approaches of expressing the writing in encaustic form via monotypes and painting abstractions using various tools paired with techniques developed by Amanda and Becky.
Student Supply List: TBD
“I took Amanda’s Asemic writing mini course at Encausticamp and found it fascinating and enjoyable. I found out so much about how our brain is trained to see ‘writing’ that may or may not have any reference to our own written language. I have since explored the subject further and am a member of an on line asemic artist group and have used my own asemic writing in encaustic work.”
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.
Notice: Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.
Becky Stevens received her BFA (1986) in Fine Art from Northwest Missouri State University and is a studio artist. After graduating she taught as a substitute teacher for the Belton and Blue Springs school district. She spent several summers working for Access Arts, leading a team of artists, using art to help blind children interpret their environment.
Her community arts activism includes a seat on the board of the Kansas City Weavers Guild since 2006, a board member of Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) since 2013, a founding member of the Feltmakers Federation (regional group of felt artists) and the founder of Surface Design Master Classes for the Kansas City Weavers Guild. She is a member of Surface Design Association, Kansas City Artist Coalition, and the St Louis Artist Guild.
Becky has been in numerous juried shows receiving awards for her work and has done numerous commissions. She has also lectured on natural dyes, textile practices, and encaustic practices. She has always worked to combine modern art thinking with centuries old textile techniques. Her current work has indigo painted on hemp cloth with layers of hand stitching. The painting and stitching is done in loose, gestural strokes, suggesting images of stories.
The search for greater meaning in life can often be a catalyst to change. This is the case for Amanda Jolley, and the change was radical, from accountant to artist. Without formal education in art, Amanda’s artistic training has been intentional; finding artists whose work compels her and then studying under them through workshops and personal instruction. She also regularly meets and works with other artists to propel process, ideas, and larger artistic vision. She is a member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, the International Encaustic Artists, and Origami USA. In the past 10 years, Amanda’s paintings are regularly shown internationally both in solo and group exhibits. She also has a large-scale (12×6 sq ft) commissioned permanent installation at the University of Kansas Medical Hospital.
The inspiration for her work comes from a observation of the patterns found in every day life, and how they complement and often mirror the connections in the brain and processing of the subconscious. Her work reflects the patterns emerging from the subconscious both in her encaustic painting and in her paper folding. The study of patterns is further examined by the folding of tessellations on paper and encaustic monotypes, incorporating these fold patterns and folded papers into her paintings and as standalone works.
Studio Joy Policies:
Do not book travel until confirmation is received that the workshop has reached its minimum required enrollment.
Students will receive a full refund of tuition less related transaction fees if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. At 15 days prior to the workshop, 50% tuition less related transaction fees will be refunded. Request to withdraw from a course less than 15 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.
Students will receive a full refund of tuition if at 30 days prior to the workshop, the minimum required enrollment is not met.