Bamboo Bird Song, New Work by Kathryn Pannepacker
May 6th– June 19th, 2015, The Samuel Lieberman Gallery – A Partnership with Allens Lane Art Center, Satellite Gallery Director: Diane Connelly, 6128 Germantown Avenue (between Walnut and Washington Lanes) , Philadelphia, PA 19144. Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Closed Friday. Saturday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Wheelchair accessible
Please join us for a Settlement Music School Student Recital at 2:00 pm, Followed by a reception and Meet-the-Artist event. Sunday May 31, 2015 Free Admission.
Bamboo Bird Song, a new series of weavings by textile artist Kathryn Pannepacker. Kathryn, classically trained in weaving pictorial tapestry, expands the weaving vernacular by incorporating materials from nature in a traditional weaving method.
Inspired by the 2 acres of natural beauty on the grounds of historical Grumblethorpe, John Wister’s Big House, in Germantown, Kathryn brings the loom out of the studio into the environment where she explores and explodes, wrapping, knotting, exposing warp and weft, utilizing bamboo, Catalpa pods, pear branches, leaves and stalks, and stones in combination with yarns, rope, and sisal to create woven pieces that talk about birds, their song, nest building, flight, and a resounding celebration of life. The early morning dawn and evening chorus by the birds hidden in the bamboo and surrounding trees accompanied Kathryn as she worked, guiding the work as it was being created.
Bamboo Bird Song is currently on exhibit at the Settlement Music School Germantown Branch, Samuel Lieberman Gallery – A Partnership with Allens Lane Art Center, 6128 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Kathryn Pannepacker is a textile/visual artist living in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Penn State University with a major in English and a minor in Art. She apprenticed with 3rd generation French tapestry weaver, Jean Pierre Larochette and his partner, Yael Lurie, a painter and designer for tapestry, in Berkeley, California. Kathryn then went to Aubusson, France to continue weaving as an artist-in-resident. She also had the opportunity to be an artist-in-resident in Hachioji, Japan, through the Japan Foundation.
Though still weaving pictorial tapestry, she also weaves with unusual materials. Through the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, Kathryn was commissioned to paint a 7′ x 500ft wide mural called Wall of Rugs: The Global Language of Textiles at Girard and Belmont Avenues featuring the textiles of 42 countries. Part 2 (another 18 panels) was completed at Broad and Lehigh Streets. As lead artist along with Josh Sarantitis, she orchestrated weaving workshops at homeless shelters around Philadelphia for FINDING HOME, a textile mural project through the Mural Arts Program, at 13th & Ludlow Streets in Philadelphia.
Her most recent painted-to-look-like-knitting & crochet-mural, Nana Blankets, can be seen at Diamond Street between 25th and 26th streets in North Philadelphia.
Kathryn exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, and has work in private and public collections. In the summers of 2010 & 2013, she was in Canada doing an outdoor textile installation for the international textile arts event at Moon Rain Center. She is committed to the transformative power of art in people’s lives and the sustainability of such by involving the community. She was a 2011 recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award.
See her featured on the cover/Spring 2009 issue of AMERICAN CRAFT.
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