My Time at Arrowmont

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By Lindy Cook, BFA Studio Art, Emphasis Painting »

We complete the construction and alterations of two Aprons. A Utility apron (seen on left) and an “artists” apron (seen on right). “My Time at Arrowmont” – Lindy Cook

This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Gatlinburg, TN and attend a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The course I took was called “(Mended) Image” with Jim Arendt. He was an incredible teacher and I learned so much! The goal of our week-long course was to make and personalize two aprons using the methods we learned in class. The first apron we made was a lightweight Artist apron made of muslin and the second apron was a utility apron made of a thicker canvas material. Throughout the week we learned several decorative and functional mending techniques and the history behind them such as Boro stitching, smocking and sashiko embroidery. We also learned how to do free motion embroidery on the sewing machine and for our utility aprons we learned about and made our own beeswax coated fabric.

A photo of everyone who was in the course, all wearing the aprons that were worked on all week!

I made such great connections at Arrowmont, I made friends with everyone in and out of my class. We ate all of our meals together in the beautiful dining hall and we stayed up late talking and working on our projects. Me and some of the friends I made took an evening trip downtown to Anakeesta which was super fun! The staff at Arrowmont was incredible and it really felt like our own little community. I will forever treasure all the relationships, memories and lessons learned while I was at Arrowmont. 

The view of the studio at Arrowmont from the work table.