Press Release: Craft as Service
Lecturing Artist: Sherri Lynn Wood
John F. Kennedy University - Berkeley Campus
Department of Arts & Consciousness
2956 San Pablo Avenue, 2nd Floor Arts Annex
Berkeley, CA 94702
March 26, 2010
Contact: Doreen Coyne, Gallery Manager 510.647.2041
The Art of Transformation Lecture Series
Craft as Service
Sherri Lynn Wood
Saturday, April 17, 7:30 – 9 pm
With a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Bard College, and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist, activist, and healer, based in Durham, NC and San Francisco, CA. Sherri combines her knowledge of craft, sculpture, theology, and systems-centered theory to reacquaint people with personal agency, community, love and the basic skills of living. She has been making quilts since 1988.
Since 2002 she has been working with people through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials of everyday life. This practice developed into an active, hands-on, therapeutic process for working through life transitions that she calls Passage Quilting. (http://www.passagequilts.com/index.html).
Beginning with the architecture of the clothing, quilts are pieced without a predetermined pattern. The process provides the maker an opportunity to examine his or her life patterns. The resulting quilts reflect the relationship of the maker to the materials, retain a sense of the body, and in the case of bereavement, carry the consoling essence of the beloved.
The lecture series offered to the community by John F. Kennedy University is free and open to the public. Lectures are partially funded by a generous grant from the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission. Website: www.jfku.edu and www.facebook.com/artsandconsciousness
Individuals with disabilities, needing special assistance should call 925.969.3362 prior to lecture.