We have a multi-talented staff at the Bainbridge library. In August, 2013, Caitlin Greer organized a display of staff art. In the photo, Caitlin is standing beside the display with works by Caitlin Greer, Gail Christensen, Patrick Gulke, Ann Lovejoy, Sara Freeman, and Kaye Spade. The slideshow below has closer images of their work. In the column to the right, are their artist statements.
The Bainbridge Island Library is fortunate to have a wonderful, friendly, and helpful staff. Get to know them!
Rebecca Judd, Library Branch Manager
Rebecca came to Bainbridge Island from Massachusetts where she was the library director in Pelham. She majored in classics at Northwestern University and earned her master's degree in library science at Indiana University. She began her library career at the Bedford, Massachusetts Free Public Library as head of the Reference Department. Four years later she moved to Pelham and in addition to her duties as Library Director, she was coordinator for the Massachusetts Book Awards, While there she also founded the Friends of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library system.
I started making jewelry out of costume jewelry I inherited from my mother and grandmother. Many contained beautiful old crystals and unique beads. I starting combining them with agates, amber, opals, moonstones and freshwater pearls - pretty much whatever caught my eye. Putting things of beauty together from the past and present in new ways was a source of contentment and joy. Then the very best part was giving someone dear to me a gift that I had made especially for them.
I love texture, color play, and inventive design and always enjoy projects that involve all three elements, whether it’s making a baby hat, cooking a gorgeous, healthful meal, or planting a garden vignette. Handwork of many kinds has been a delight since I was a child, and I was recently fascinated to learn about a biochemical “effort-driven rewards” brain response that is triggered by doing handwork that we believe to be beautiful and/or useful. No wonder handwork feels so pleasant; we are biochemically equipped to enjoy it.
"I just like to make monsters."
Being a worrier by nature, making art allows me to indulge and fuss over things in a way that feels productive. It's cathartic. I spend hours pushing light and color around or concentrating on a single line or detail. My process is pretty playful. I love layers and textures and fragments and mixing things that don't seem to belong together. Notes, doodles, dust, text, thread, -- i'll use pretty much anything. Often rework or recycle earlier art pieces. Try to challenge myself and worry less about the outcome. Failures and misfires are inevitable and welcome. It's the ideas or projects that, for whatever reason, we talk ourselves out of before we begin, those haunt me. But it's all seed for future work. Sometimes we need to nurture and amend the soil a bit longer. It's all good.
Long, long ago my Swedish mother taught me Swedish weaving as a method of decorating huck toweling which was used for guest towels. I made a sampler of all the various weaves. I also became fascinated by Hardanger stitchery which touches my Norwegian heritage. A friend of my mom's was my advisor as I learned the intricate stitches. I have made large and small pieces over the years…mainly given away as gifts.
Hannah Caitlin Greer
I do a lot of Re-arranging, Re-designing, and Re-purposing. "Re-" seems to be my superpower. [Watch out you caped, clawed and webbed crusaders]!