"Aligning the Fibers of Self"

My name is Precious Jennings.  I am a teacher, dancer, improvisor, fiber artist living in Chicago, Illinois. I am adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago, in the Theater and Dance Department. I currently collaborate with The Humans, Jane Jerardi, and am member of Chicago Moving Company; past collaborations with artists Ayako Kato, Amelia Charter, Adam Kerbel and Khecari and others.  My own research is based in improvisation, dance and theater devising scores thru science, somatics, skill, imagination, esoteric practices and psychology.

My new work is a textiles-based project called “Aligning the Fibers of Self” devising from the art of spinning and naturally dyeing fiber, creating sustainability as an artist and human. I am in need of funding for two residencies this Fall  and to secure space and materials to continue this long-term project.   

 "Aligning the Fibers of Self"  began to take shape March 2019 when I bought a spinning wheel over spring break and tough myself how to spin wool.  This project is a physical practice of combined disciplines for performance to create sustainability as a fiber artist and theatrical performer.  The last year and a half has been figuring out how to make this tangible. I am deeply grateful to have had the means to do it thus far!  Now, I need outside forces and help!!!  I am sourcing wool from Oak Creek Farms , a small farm close to where I grew up. In hope to visit my family and continue my artistic process at the SAME time. I am supporting local farmer named Melissa who has educated me on wool farming and even more on processing. A goal in the next 2-5 years is to build a physical practice of making that will monetarily support me, be artistically driven to create in new ways and offer education to the communities I visit in sharing my practice. The arts are a vital place for creating change and widening our perceptions about how industries may cross unseen, from farm to body.

ModFarm in Michigan City, Indiana and Hambidge Creative Residency Program in Georgia, purchase a drum carder and combs needed to process wool,pay collaborating musician(s)and help pay for studio space and the cost needed to create this project.

This will be my second year at ModFarm for 10 days! I am excited to return and create installation, forage the land for dye plants and and continue to research color, stories and performance ideas with my collaborator Wilson Tanner Smith.  The date depends on when the plants are ready to be harvested! I will also offer a workshop/class to the community and spend the week dyeing wool over a fire and working with Wilson to collect sounds and create a site specific installation and performance.

The residency at Hambidge Creative Residency Program are November 28-December 13.  I will be utilizing this time to write and reflect and up my writing skills (a script maybe?), spin more wool, and create a full length solo performance of this work for 2021. 

Here is a breakdown of  the $7,000 total funds needed to support my residencies this fall, equipment and space rental for the coming year!

ModFarm Residency Cost: $1,500 

Musician/Collaborator for ModFarm Cost: $800

Hambidge Residency Cost: $500 ( $250/week)


Drum Carder/Combs Cost: $700

Fiber for 2021 Cost: $500

Studio Rent for 1 year $250/ month  Cost: $3,000 

I am sooooo grateful I have made it this far and want to offer a few things to support and warm your body!

Offerings:

You may offer yours as a gift or keep it for yourself - just let me know!!

$250+ ALL 3

$150+ choose 2

$0-$150 small group online 1-1/2 hour yoga/somatic session or Lucid Body Intro class

Offering Options:

1 -spinning/fiber class (private in my studio in Chicago)

2- knitting/crochet class (online or in my studio)

3- small group online 1-1/2 hour yoga/somatic session or Lucid Body Intro class

Your generous support will be appreciated for years to come, by me and others that with use what I make, either through performance or fiber! I know this work will continue to teach me and others new skills and ideas and widen our communities. 

Check out my NEW website preciousjennings.com  for more information about my work, teaching and ongoing updates about this project!  Please contact me if you have any questions/inquiries!!!
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