Artist, writer and healer, Erika Cleveland was trained as an art therapist at NYU. After working clinically for many years with children and adults, in settings such as International Center for the Disabled in NYC and Boston Children’s Hospital, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Her current focus is on the ways in which changes, big and small, cataclysmic and celebratory, force us to grow and reinvent ourselves. In addition to offering healing doll workshops, she makes commissioned healing dolls. Most recently she was juried into the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA where she makes and shows her dolls. She has a studio at the Jackson Art Center in DC now, studio 15A. She is an Associate artist at the Torpedo Factory, in studio 311, the TAG gallery. The TAG (Associates) gallery has a website now .
Erika has completed Barb Kobe's Medicine Doll online class and has taken several classes from Pamela Hastings.
Erika featured artist on the Torpedo Factory blog
New Dolls/New Show
Check out Erika's video about her latest work HERE
Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat”
Come and be a part of the Magic! celebrates the mythical and magical, bringing enchantment into daily life, and weaves two individual artistic visions with a communal vision. Materialized Magic is a fiber art exhibit of three-dimensional, mythical, fiber creatures by artists Stacy Cantrell and Erika Cleveland. Materialized Magic is also a collaborative process, involving the community in the creation, assembling, installation and de-installation of woodland, water and sky habitats for our mythical creatures.
Benefits to the community:
1. The first and most important benefit will be free crochet, knitting and felting lessons, open to all: beginner to expert level. The two curator/artists and skilled participants will teach you how. Materials will be free. All ages welcome.
2. The second is that participants of all levels are an integral part of the art exhibit, with their work on display and their names recognized.
3. The third is the post-exhibition donation of leftover materials and supplies to nursing/retirement homes, community centers and shelters, and non-profit organizations. Portions of the habitat will also be donated for public display.
We have multiple meeting dates in the DC area (listed on the FB page) but people are also welcome to participate on-line.
For more information or to ask question, or donate materials, see our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=materialized%20magic
or Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/materialized-magic-yarn-artistry-project
Our micro-grant was hosted by the Torpedo Factory and Convergence, both in Alexandria, VA.
Here's more about Crave, (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement), representing the combined visions of Convergence and the Torpedo Factory to support artists in the community.