I’ve had a crush on Jim Sherraden since first meeting him almost ten years ago. It may have been his easygoing manner or how he could skillfully crank out the storied posters that peppered my walls. It was almost definitely the soft brown leather cowboy boots he was wearing. I remember staring at them while he scribbled his name along with stars and hearts and fireworks into the book I bought.
I remembered that he was in Nashville while I planned my trip last month and I also knew he was making new art. Something I had to see. Because it’s something like I’ve never seen before. So I emailed him, and folks, dang it all if the man didn’t email me back. Within a few weeks, I found myself in the passenger’s seat of his truck headed to Watertown, Tennessee where he has his studio. In truth, where every artist I know should have a studio. It’s a small town that’s about to become something extraordinary, so you heard it here first…well, second, since Jim’s become sort of an ambassador of the place.
His new art is really special. He prints his own designs from hand-carved blocks, then water colors the paper and cuts it into traditional or non-traditional patterns. Marked out and placed together the patterns become paper quilts. Quilts that are so perfectly imperfect it’s hard to capture them in photos.
I hope Jim won’t mind my pasting this here without editing it because I love the way he sends emails. It’s endearing and delightful to get messages from him and his easy manner comes through each line. Here’s your chance to get to know Jim Sherraden, working artist, master printer, paper quilter, and man about [Water]town.
motto: preservation through production... I coined that for hatch but it works also for me personally
childhood...the scissors in the telephone drawer
recent acq...a table top fluorescent light from the 70's...so i can see the detail when watercoloring
current obs...well, sheepishly, it's actually LOOKING, and paying attention at all those Instagram posts from people i'm following. i'm new to this instybizness. i'm sure soon i'll just say 'ta hell with it'...
favorite hobby....see above
always on me...a vintage watch, most of the time from Hamilton watch co, Lancaster, pa
fav rest....well Katie's pizza place round the corner of course
fav museum...two of them, the keramic museum and the fries museum, both in Leeuwarden, friesland
best gift ever received....another way of asking this would be "best gift ever accepted"... and my answer would be, "my health".
most inspiring...cannery row by john Steinbeck. or susan diedre's biography of Samuel beckett
top of the to do...always attempt to be of service
most love about watertown...proximity of all essentials. everything is a slipper job, so close I can just wear house slippers to get there..
best thing about what....making the art makes me focus
favorite drink and what's in the fridge are the same answer...fruit flavored G2 gatorade
on nightstand...1.50 strength reading glasses
a film...."the heart is a lonely hunter"....the high school English teacher showed it during class, in high school...start with the lyrical nature of the title...
a film that you think defines amer. culture...Robocop the original. only the original.
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