Skye Livingston was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but doesn’t fit squarely into the cowboy boots and southern twang persona that I like to playfully stereotype. Skye graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in both Fiber and Art History. Since graduation Skye has remained (hyper) active, exhibiting in solo and group shows, coordinating and curating, and (most notable for me) stringing together a long list of residencies in flawless nomadic fashion. We couldn’t be happier that she has chosen to settle in for a year as the Arrowmont Fibers Resident. Okay now lets get into it.
Walking into her studio, a sewing machine sits in the center, work (some in progress) fills up the wall spaces and the limited shelving bends with a specimen collection that is both beautiful and alarming. Like Charlie (wood resident), Skye gets in the studio early and continues to plan out some of the work she hopes to complete during her stay at Arrowmont while leaving room for work that will be inspired by her experience in Gatlinburg.
Skye learned to sew at an early age and since then has become skilled in embroidery, stitching, paper making, and book binding, all of which she employs in some relatively unconventional ways. As I was touring her studio, she tossed me a delicate cluster of grapefruit skins that had been preserved and then hand-stitched together, she assured me that it wasn’t fragile as I nervously held it admiring what must have been hours of painstaking dedication. This lengthy and repetitive process becomes signature as she creates work that is a mix of fine craft and contemporary art.
Skye’s recent year on the road has heavily influenced the work she is currently making. This transient lifestyle has led to an interest in the areas of overlap between the body and the home space, drawing similarities between the two as containers, boundaries and places of comfort. Much of the work centers around encapsulation and incorporates delicate materials like tracing paper and silk organza to reference skin and the figure.
Make sure to keep up with Skye through this blog as well as her website: http://skyelivingston.com/
Thanks for reading!!
Written by: Drew Davis Johnson