The Wilson Tent is an ongoing project pursuing a better understanding of place, taking space to slow down, listen and to look at what surrounds us. The tent is used as a mobile camp or clubhouse for reflection, discussion and sharing of drawings, writings and specimen found wherever 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.
Completed Wilson Tent. The fall leaves serve up the perfect light and background. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to build this tent and idea while in residency at Bookworm Gardens.
A week of encouraging closer looking and flexing of creative muscles. We have been exploring the gardens through observational drawing and developmental studies. The favorite activities included catching shadows as drawings, observing what we found living on trees and in the grass as well as converting simplified line drawings into “mandalas” using a repetition exercise.
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 Wilson Tent is an ongoing project pursuing a better understanding of place, taking space to slow down, to listen and look at what surrounds us. The tent is used as a mobile camp or clubhouse for reflection, discussion and sharing of drawings, writings and specimen found wherever the Wilson Tent is currently calling camp.