Why CHAIRS LADY?
Why am I so interested in chairs? Mainly because they are sculptural; I enjoy looking at them from all sides—even from the underneath.
In addition, chairs are intriguing because they are so similar to us. They are anthropomorphic; in other words, they have the same body parts as we do. Most have a seat, back and legs; some have arms; others can have feet and even a few, knees. Very, very few have ears.
When looking at a chair, I often look to see if they also, like us, have a gender or a personality. I have found that some do, and many of the chairs that my students create definitely do.
Nineteen years ago, in the summer of 2000, I created Chair Camp, a week-long, all-day camp for 9-12 year-olds at the Denver Art Museum. I taught it for another 9 years at the Museum.
Since then, Chair Camp has morphed into classes for all ages (kids, adults, families, and groups) within several states and countries, and of a variety of lengths: an hour, an afternoon, a day, or two days. In 2012, I taught my largest group yet: 1,000 students (from 3rd-12th graders) in Grand Rapids, Michigan during ArtPrize. I have returned there each year to teach 1,500 kids in 3 days, and, during a week session in 2018, reached 3,000!
Since 2000, I have broadened offerings to include Eames design—often traveling to venues featuring Eames exhibitions.
At the end of May, 2018, Chairs Lady hosted a number of soft-openings, including a day-long Chair Camp for 12 high school students. We officially opened on September 15, 2018 with a Grand Opening.
Join us in making a chair. Drop in during shop hours and make one or more of our Monthly Options or schedule a personalized class for you, your family, colleagues and/or friends. Or, if you have a larger space, Chairs Lady will come to you.
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