CraftSanity Podcast Episode 208: Fiber Artist Gloria Kirk-Hanna talks about love, loss and the art we make to get through

On this episode of the podcast Gloria Kirk-Hanna takes us behind the scenes of her 2017 ArtPrize entry “Fragments of Old Bones; New Soul” a fiber art installation that is a visual manifestation of her artistic journey through divorce, loss and grief and finding love again. The installation is on display at Parliament the Boutique, 136 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

To create the panels in her installation, the 42-year-old Grand Haven artist used a mix of quilting, weaving and other fiber techniques. And while she has weathered some personal challenges in recent years, the resulting work is stunning. In her artist’s statement she writes, “… then just before breaking a healed soul emerges. Love far outweighs the grief. Sweetness along with new rhythms are chosen. The New Soul is lighter, wiser….complete.”

Tune in to listen to Kirk-Hanna tell the story behind her fiber art.

To see more of Kir-Hanna’s work, visit Grand Armory Brewing, at 17 S. 2nd, in Grand Haven, Michigan during Grand Haven ArtWalk which runs through Oct. 8, 2017.

You can also follow xstreamfibers.com on Facebook and Instagram @kirkhannagloria. She sells her scarves, shawls, cowls and fine art pieces at Higherartgallery.com  in Traverse City, Michigan, the Muskegon Art Mueseum gift shop and Carlyn and Co., 205 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven MI.
She also has an upcoming show with the Holland Arts Council.

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