The Wilson Tent is an ongoing project exploring the idea of better knowing place, slowing down to listen and look and reflection. Used as a mobile camp or clubhouse to discuss and share drawings, writings and specimen found where the Wilson Tent is currently calling camp.
The Wilson Tent was first created and programmed in 2018 while in residency at Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, WI.
Residency End at Bookworm Gardens
In the next couple of days I will be taking down the Wilson Tent for the year, reflecting on how the development and journey this past summer went. While the tent certainly needs some mending and repairs, it faired well.
Little Botanists Camp
I was able to work with the Little Botanists for a bit during their camp. We met up and discussed observational drawing in other methods for looking and learning. Using drawing worksheets I have developed we went out into the gardens to explore what is growing and document it. We translated our drawings into repetitious “mandala” drawings.
I have been working developing the patterns to stretch over the wooden frame of the tent. With a plan to explore both rope attachments and snap attachments, as of today I have begun cutting and sewing up some of the walls and to be attached with ropes. I set grommets and did a test stretch on one of the walls.
5.20.2018 / The Wilson Tent
The Wilson tent is named after Edward O. Wilson an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. Known most for his work with insects, ants in particular and his theories social behavior developed from his research and exploration.
The intention of the "Wilson" tent is to serve as a studio/sharing space while in residence at Bookworm Gardens. A space to share exploration in my work as well as along side visitors to the garden, to discuss drawings and writings on what we are observing.
The intention of the tent is to house works in progress, a library of sketch books and supplies for ongoing research, the tent will transform as the season moves forward. Following the needs of the research and participants of the project.