Posts Tagged: artist-in-residence

Rachel Davis at the Half-Way Point

(Rachel Davis, is officially half way through her residency for the Lillstreet Textiles Department! Here are some of her thoughts about the past six months and a little look into what she’s been working on.) Pollen, Leaves, Seeds and Trees There are many wonderful upsides to being an Artist-in-Residence at Lillstreet Art Center (LAC). In… Read more »

Welcome Rachel Davis, New Textiles Department Artist in Residence!

Rachel Davis, Artist-in-Residence Nearly two months have passed since I began my artist-in-residence in the Textiles department. In that time, I’ve been making leaf inspired forms with cloth: quilting, cutting, and using embroidery to embellish these new pieces. I focus on color and pattern when combining textiles, dyeing fabrics when necessary. I enjoy this new,… Read more »

Fabric Painting Experiments

One of the great perks of my residency here at Lillstreet has been the space and time to get messy and play with various surface design techniques, like dyeing, screen printing, and relief printing.  I am very attracted to the idea of transforming found fabric and making it my own via the aforementioned methods. To… Read more »

Improvisational Quilting

*** Improvisational quilting? What is that? It’s more expressive way of piecing. It is an intuitive and playful process, more like painting or making collage than traditional, block-based, precise methods of making patchwork. The improvisational method involves cutting with scissors and/or rotary cutter, but not always with a ruler. Sometimes improvisational patchwork has a wonky… Read more »

Exploring Natural Dyes

Hello, I am Tricia Royal, the Textiles Artist in Residence for 2016-2017. If you see me around the department or building, please say hello! I am primarily a quilt maker.  I am using my year long residency as an opportunity to dive deep into the surface design side of textiles with screen printing and dye,… Read more »

AiR Slide Talk: Tonight!

JOIN US for an evening as we meet these talented emerging artists and welcome them into our community. Our resident artists devote a year to strengthening their practice by learning, working and teaching under one roof. Come hear more about their ‘road’ to Lillstreet Art Center and their plans for what lies ahead. WHERE &… Read more »


Applications for Lillstreet’s 2016-17 Artist in Residence program are due on Sunday, May 15th! Are you thinking about applying? Curious about what being an AIR is like? Here’s a quick interview with Tabor Shiles, the current AIR for the Textiles Department, about her experience in the program!  Tell us about yourself and your work. What are… Read more »

Welcome, Tabor!

Hello Lillstreet, I’m Tabor, the new Textiles AIR! I am so happy to be joining this team of amazing artists and look forward to the collaboration that will result from it. I moved to Chicago in July of 2014 and have since been interning at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, as well as working at Baker Prints…. Read more »

Extraordinary Effort, Spectacular Failure

I have work in a show that opened last Friday night! If you’re in the area (downtown/west loop), you should stop by and check it out! **** Extraordinary Effort, Spectacular Failure Friday, March 6, 2015 to Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ the Chicago Artist Coalition // 217 N. Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607 **** I have two pieces… Read more »

Catching AIR time with Molly and Kyle

Have you taken time to connect with Molly Bishop and Kyle Hendrix, our Artists in Residence (AIR)? Molly makes low-fire, handbuilt earthenware pieces, mostly functional, often with sgraffito drawings and text. Her own drawings and sketchbooks inform her ceramics, and Molly infuses a sense of humor into her work. Even her forms lend themselves to… Read more »