|Sandra Brownlee, Weaving in progress, Pages Series #1|
One of my dearest and most creative friends of all time is the Canadian artist, Sandra Brownlee. We studied together at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the early 80's, and I learned an enormous amount from her freshness, her curiosity, her generosity, and her openness to learning. A born teacher, she has taught itinerantly for many years, workshops mostly but also at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University), Philadelphia College of Arts (now University of the Arts), and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design among other places.
She has been on my mind lately. I owe her a phone call, and we are always plotting to figure out how we can get together, since Halifax, where she lives, is an expensive plane ride away.
I looked her up online today with an idea to finding out her teaching schedule, and I found that she has won another prestigious award, this month. There is a Youtube video of Sandra musing as she works. Watching it made me fall in love with her all over again. Her philosophy is a simple one, in fact it is the same one I have for working: "Make a mark. See where it goes."
Here is the transcript from the video (taken from the Youtube site):