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Judith Laffey

Judith Laffey is a fiber artist who constructs abstracted woven forms, mostly in wicker, that seem to either sprawl to life like mysterious underwater plantlife or tentacled mythological creatues, or emanate architectural structures. An award winning artist, Laffey has appeared in numerous exhibits.

Artist Statement

Sculpting by way of weaving began for me over a decade ago. I sat down one afternoon at home to experiment with basketry. As I got well into the process I realized I didn’t know how to complete a basket. Continuing anyway on the material I was able to produce an abstract sculptural form. Since then my major work has been to develop this process of building abstract and sculptural forms from a variety of basket beginnings.

Education

University of Connecticut, BA English, 1966

University of Connecticut, MSW 1971

Rhode Island School of Design, Color Theory, 3D Design, and 3 other related courses, 1985-1989

Penland School of Crafts, Intro to Metalsmithing with Maryann Scherr, 1993

John C. Campbell Folk School, Kumihimo Braiding with Ethel Kawamura, Soft Fiber Basketry with Sandy Webster, 1994-95

Connecticut College, Collage with Maureen McCabe, 3 semesters Independent Studies in Studio Art, 1996-98           

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Workshops with Carol Eckhart, Lissa Hunter, David Bacharach, Jean Hicks and Akira Blount, 1996-1999

Awards

2008 Best in Show, Craft USA 2008, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Caanan, CT for Desert Blooms.

2008 Alice Clark Hubbard Prize (Katherine Forest Craft Foundation), Artistic Wanderings 2008, Norwich Arts Council Gallery, Norwich CT for Dessert Blooms.

2008 Mabel Kingsbury Fentress Prize (Katherine Forest Craft Foundation), 52nd Regional Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT for The Souk.

Selected Juried Shows

2008 Craft USA 2008, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT

2008 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 97th Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CT

2008 Artistic Wanderings, Norwich Arts Council Gallery, Norwich, CT

2008 52nd Regional Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

2007 64th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich CT

2007 51st Regional Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

2006 50th Regional Exhibition, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT

2006 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 95th Annual Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT

2005 49th Regional Exhibition, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT

2005 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 94th Annual Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

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