Rehearsal with Courtney Hartman // Photos by Baylingual (Daniel Zapien)

What a fun and productive day (April 26th) … driving down to San Jose with Courtney, painting her, and seeing this costume and her dancing come to life inside of the installation.  The costume was just made over the last week before the photos were taken.  I’ve been working on the costume inside of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textile’s maker-space studio and my Oakland studio.  The idea is that Courtney is a part of the piece, so making her costume was like making a mini wall piece from the installation.  The night before we took these photos, Courtney came over my Oakland studio and we did some spontaneous sizing of the costume (thank G-d).  This fitting process and Courtney’s input gave much clarity on how to make the outfit look and function properly.  Courtney is an amazing friend, as well as a very talented performer.  It’s been great to collaborate with her.  See this all come together on May 7th for the 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Yes, the Quilt and Textile Museum is 40 years old.  Find out more about them here.  This residency has been wonderful and supportive… SJMQT is a special place that really cares about being a supportive and educational space for fiber and textile art.

All the photos in this post are by Daniel Zapien, or Baylingual <– click here to see his work on instagram.  I’m so grateful that the museum was able to get Daniel to join us for this rehearsal.  (( T H A N K    Y O U ))  He took some amazing photo and video pieces, which I look forward to sharing in the future…  As I said in a previous post, I am really impressed with all of the creativity I am seeing and experiencing in San Jose.  Live music, great art… downtown San Jose has it.  (First Fridays are a great time to experience the night life and energy of the city.)

Courtney Hartman is the performer.  She is a doctor of psychology with a background in performing arts.

Please contact me before using any of these photos, as they need to be properly credited. (As with any photo from my website, thanks.)

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

The finger placement was very thought out.

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

Photo by Baylingual inside of Before You Were Born

When your best friend becomes a magical bat.