64 – “I Spy on Birds to Learn The Art of Flight” – Amy Tingle


Amy Tingle, Hand-sewn fabric collage
www.amytingle.com, @tingle and @amy_tingle_artist on IG

Theme: Emerge
Mounting Method: Wire

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What ideas / questions / reflections / challenges might be arising as you work with your theme (theme) – How are you working with the meaning of your word? Where are you drawing inspiration from?

My practice always includes collage, but in the last several years I have moved between paper and fabric. My work tends to be very narrative so I’m always searching for pieces that tell a story. This piece began with a painting my son did in high school. I cut the image of an eye out of his canvas, thinking about what we might see through the eyes of young people. I love listening to Jane Goodall’s Hopecast while I’m sewing and her quote “I do have reasons for hope: our clever brains, the resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit, and above all, the commitment of young people when they’re empowered to take action” was the inspiration for my submission. Where does hope live in these dark and desperate times? How do we continue to put one foot in front of the other? Hope is the powerful force that emerges when young people resolve to do better than the generations who came before.

How were you introduced to art? Was it someone, a class, a culture, family, friends, etc.?

I don’t recall a time in my life when art wasn’t front and center. My mother and grandmother were both makers—sewing, knitting, baking, gardening, their lives were endlessly creative and so I was surrounded by creativity and encouraged from a young age to experiment and explore my own creativity. I imagine I was born this way.

What role does art play in your life today? How has art made you feel these past few months / year / during the pandemic?

I’m creating every day, whether it is a page in my art journal, a project or collaboration with a larger group, or as part of my job at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, ME. Art infuses every aspect of my life and is a lifeline. During the pandemic art making has kept me afloat and given me purpose when the world seemed to be crashing down around us all. For me, art and the freedom to express myself is synonymous with survival.