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Recent Happenings and Future Happenings…Open Studios!!!

Hey everybody!  I wanted to make a post here and update everyone with things that have been going on as well as what is coming up…in two days…Charlotte Street Foundation’s Open Studios!!!  This Friday and Saturday Charlotte Street will be hosting wonderful events open to the public that will stimulate all of the senses.  Friday from 6-10 Charlotte Street will be opening the studio doors to the general public(getting everyone to the 6th floor of Town Pavilion via the sacred keycard).  It will be a great time to visit the studio spaces located at 1100 Walnut in downtown KC to see what the current 24 CSF artists-in-residence have been up to since September.  There will be musical performances and visual art galore.  On Saturday from 12-4 there will be numerous events including a show closing curator/artist talk at Paragraph Gallery, a publishing release, a listening party and live music/dance/performance.  You DO NOT want to miss out on these festivities!

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Everyone has been working hard getting their individual studio spaces ready by cleaning, doing installations, staging areas and more.  People have also been prepping all of the communal areas located on the 6th floor.  The main cat leading the studio space updates, organizations, cleaning, prepping, building, etc. is “artist/dj/badass/can do anything-in-residence, Pat Alexander.  His efforts are dearly appreciated by many and called on by all.  Thank you kindly for all you do Pat.


Pat Alexander doing his thang

Things have been crazy lately for myself with everything going on in life.  I’ve been spending a lot of time and effort focusing on the Artist Inc KC program.  It has been an amazing experience filled with bonding relationships, learning about successful art business techniques and being inspired by those around you.  We have our Pecha Kucha presentations coming up Monday May 2nd from 6:30-9:30 at the AIA building at 1801 McGee.  Come on out if you can to see everyone present!

I’ve been working on many things at once recently, per usual.  I’ve been prepping my studio space for open studios making it look all nice-like.  I was recently commissioned to do an installation for a wedding so I’ve been doing some weaving in preparation for that event.

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I’m also gearing up for another wood-firing.  We will be loading the train kiln at KU West Campus on Saturday and firing Sunday and into Monday.  I’ve been making a lot of large flower pots for future installations.  The flower pots are used to ground my weavings.  The pots seen here are made of porcelain and powdered with local hand dug clay.


green flower pots made of porcelain, powdered with hand dug clay to soon be wood-fired

I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve recently been accepted to the Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.  I will install my work on Friday May 13th.  The opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for June 10th.  My installation will be five woven birch trees that are naturally dyed in the primary colors.  The weavings will be grounded to flower pots planted with passionflower vine.  Throughout the course of the installation the colors of the trees will fade leaving the true colors and visual of a birch tree while the passionflower vine grows up the “trees.”  I’m looking forward to sharing this work with all of you and the Lawrence community.

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I’m doing a giveaway through my Instagram account @backstrapweaver  If you are interested in receiving this weaving for free and have an Instagram account go on there and share this post of mine as advised in the written description.  I will draw the winner on Monday May 2nd.


hemp, wool, alpaca, natural dyes, bamboo, backstrap woven

Lots of beautiful things to come!  Please come say hey to myself, the residents and Charlotte Street for Open Studios this Friday and Saturday.  We would love to see you, meet you, and talk to you.  Enjoy the rest of your week everybody!

Live and Dye Naturally

Neil Goss

About liveanddyenaturally

Neil Goss lives in Lawrence, KS where he concentrates his work around natural Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA's in Design with concentrations in Textiles and Ceramics from the University of Kansas School of the Arts. Goss has focused the last 5 years of his life to researching and practicing sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving (backstrap weaving), utilizing hand dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, completed public art installations and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and teaches pottery and natural dyeing at the Lawrence Arts Center.

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