Get ready, folks, because this podcast episode is an extremely fun one featuring Mark Newport, the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
From hand embroidered comic book covers to his knitted superhero costumes, Newport’s hand-stitched, embellished and knitted works have inspired fiber enthusiasts for years.
It’s been a real pleasure to take listeners behind the scenes to hear the story of how Newport found his artistic groove and now divides his time between making art, inspiring the next generation of artists and performing in a local band.
Newport earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. He’ll be in Grand Rapids this fall for ArtPrize 10 and you will be able to see his new work, titled “Making Mends” on exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
In addition, Newport will be back in West Michigan when he will be presenting to my guild – the Woodland Weavers & Spinners next spring. (Please email me (I’m president of the guild at the moment.) if you’d like to attend this event as seating will be limited.
Grab a project and enjoy the show!
P.S. Midwestern Friends, I’d love to see you at the Michigan Fiber Festival. I’ll be vending Friday, Aug. 17 -19 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan, Michigan and would love to chat about weaving or whatever else you’re making these days. I hope to see you there. : )
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