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Love Letter Writing with Chelsea Wills

Part 2: Love Letter Writing on Saturday, March 25, from 12-2pm

Come by the Kala Gallery and write a letter on beautiful handmade paper created during the Print Public Open House by members of the community. This is part-two of a papermaking and letter writing workshop, however, all participants are welcome to join in!

Part 1: Paper Making on Saturday, March 11, from 12-4pm 
Part 2: Love Letter Writing on Saturday, March 25, from 12-2pm

Hosted by Chelsea Wills and Drew Cameron of Combat Paper, this workshop will focus on spreading love both locally and abroad in an effort to strengthen our sense of location within communities during these tumultuous political times. This event will encourage participants to write their own letters to people they know intimately, or individuals to whom they have never met, alive or dead. A new letter will be sent out each day, coinciding with the first 100 days of our 45th president’s term. Using love to foster new connections is an exploration in collective resistance, agility, and healing.


About the Artists:

Drew Cameron is a second-generation hand papermaker, trained forester and former Army soldier. He is a founder of Combat Paper and has been facilitating workshops with veterans and the community in which they transform military uniforms into handmade paper since 2007. His workshops have reached thousands of people throughout the country in 30 states through more than 125 workshops. His work is held in 34 public collections and has been exhibited nationally including the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Museum of Craft and Design, Craft and Folk Art Museum and Southern Exposure among others. Combat Paper is now operating in four locations: New York, New Jersey, Nevada and California with open and ongoing programming.

Chelsea Wills is an artist and food researcher. Her work exists at the nexus of place, change, and stories. This takes her to faraway places, like Mayan kitchens, crumbling haciendas, and megacity markets of Mexico, and also close to home, from the shoreline of Northern California and the last tenacious farms in the Silicon Valley to her own home garden. She explores places in flux and work closely with people inhabiting them. Her studio practice is interdisciplinary and conceptually based, choosing the right mediums and tools for each project. These can include community organizing and teaching, ethnographic research, agricultural practices, and archiving, as well as more traditional media such as photography, painting, and dyeing. She often collaborates with scientists, farmers, and cooks in my work. She draws heavily on her long-term interests in food, plants, and everyday things. Her curiosity often brings her to the margins of familiar things, the places in-between traditional and modern, wild and tame, science and art.

She holds a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley in Arts Education and has shown her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Arts, and the London Biennale. She has lectured at Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. Projects have been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Lab SF, San Jose Museum of Art, the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Oakopolis , SubRosa, Kaleidoscope, and Big Umbrella Studios ; and internationally as part of the London Biennale and at COMEXUS, Casa Hilvana, and Teatro Felipe Carillo Puerto. Currently she is an Equity Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Event Details

Date: March 25, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702