The 2011 Artist-In-Residence project called Between the Lines is a collaboration between the Public and Cultural Arts Office, area teens, textile artist Peg Gignoux, and Kane Smego and C.J. Suitt of the Sacrificial Poets.
Working with Gignoux, Smego, and Suitt, twelve youth poets from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County High Schools and Smith Middle School have fashioned a collaborative poem about voice and community. Poems were written onto cloth with inks, piling words upon words. The teens hand-dyed yards of silk organza and designed large stencils of key words and cut and fused these to the cloth creating layers of colors onto the 10' by 10' poetic cloth. Finally this collective poem's words were cut from the collaged cloth and stitched onto a large canvas ground.
The seven-session residency, held at Gignoux's Carrboro studio throughout the spring of 2011, culminated in a live performance and unveiling of the artwork at Flyleaf Books on May 21. A dynamic slide show, set to music, documents their artistic journey. After one-month on display at Fly Leaf, the textile was on exhibit at the FRANK Gallery on Franklin Street for June and July of 2011. In the spring of 2012 the piece was displayed at The Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro.
This Artist-in-Residency program, sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department's Public & Cultural Arts Division, was partially funded by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission, and is in direct response of Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt's focus on our area's youth. The goals of the project were to build self-esteem of area teens by giving them a creative means of self-expression. The yearly program is coordinated by the Public and Cultural Arts Office and the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. This is the first time the residency has occurred outside the school system and focused on young adults. "We wanted to find a way to offer a creative opportunity to area teens away from the rigors of the school day class schedule," said Jeffrey York, Chapel Hill Public Arts Administrator. "Peg Gignoux has done projects with many youth and adult groups around the triangle, engaging them positive self expression. This project with teens to create a written word and multi-media expression is another success."