Unique Residency Experience in Joshua Tree National Park


Unique Residency Experience in Joshua Tree National Park

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"Get lost, make art." This was the call nomadic artist Casey Sheppard sent out to find an artist wiling to share her nomadic life for 7 days.

This blog is her account of the experience and that of Cate Richards, the artist who joined her.

We welcome your questions at any time!

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(4) Cate Richard's Viewpoint

Started by Brigitte Martin May 18, 2017. 0 Replies

"Jewelry for Trees: Beaded Necklace" - Cotton thread, found wood, and coyote gourdsThis was my first visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Unlike the rhythmic grey wash of bluestem and wheat to which I am accustomed, the ecosystem of the Mojave looked randomly stippled with organic life. Every plant appeared to give itself a wide berth from its neighbors, creating a dotted environment where each entity was exhibited in full view. Desert fauna is alien-like, and I had the good fortune of experiencing the Mojave at a time where it was in full bloom with many tendril and palm cupping brightly colored flowers. The desert sky rivaled a Midwestern panorama - in the daytime I was able to gauge the time by the sun's position against a brilliant blue backdrop, and at night a razor-sharp moon would rise, surrounded by a crystal clear spattering of stars.…Continue

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(3) Casey Sheppard's Viewpoint

Started by Brigitte Martin May 15, 2017. 0 Replies

Just barely breaking the speed limited I passed the usually full campsite signs that donned the Park over the weekend. But today was Tuesday. I tried to keep my calm, which was easily blown away with the next intense gust of wind. I then passed a new sign covered in construction worker orange.  Glowing with the intense morning rays the words jumped at me screaming their all cap authoritative statement:  ALL CAMPGROUNDS FULL!!!“Oh crap!” I spat out along with a few f bombs then sped even more in a crazed attempt to find a vacant campsite during the biggest bloom the desert has seen in 10 years. I was no longer breaking but full on destroying the law. She was traveling hundreds of miles to spend a week in the park and I didn’t even have a camping spot. “You will figure it out, you always do.” I said aloud.…Continue

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(2) Video: About The Residency - A Teaser Intro

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Casey Sheppard May 12, 2017. 4 Replies

About The Residency - A Teaser Intro.Next week's posts will feature more in-depth accounts of the experience by both artists.Continue

Tags: Online, Exhibition, caseofthenomads, teaser, Crafthaus

(1) The call to find someone

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Casey Sheppard May 10, 2017. 2 Replies

Spending time off the grid is no easy feat. Casey Sheppard has made it her life. After traveling the US for a year with her van, her bike and her dog being the only constants within an always changing environment, she returned to her native California ready to tackle new adventures.One of them was taking someone with her for a short period of time to share the nomadic experience.Here is the call that went out describing exactly what the limitations and expectations would be.Many people were interested. Casey chose one.The next posts are about both artists describing their experiences.The Call"Get Lost, Do Art" Case of the Nomads Artist Residency, Joshua Tree National Park, CA March 29th-April 4th 2017…Continue

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Comment by Casey Sheppard on May 10, 2017 at 8:44am

Hello All! I am back from a short yet fun solo bike packing trip! I am super excited to share this experience with you all and to connect. Please feel free to ask questions, add comments or reach out!!!

Anna: I look forward to talking with you more and connecting. We seem to have parallel lives and interests. Excited to hear about your adventures and to see your work.

Roxy: Hey Lady!!! So great to hear from you. Thanks for following along and understanding the challenges (and rewards) of the inconvenience. 

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 8, 2017 at 12:40pm

A quick update from Casey Sheppard for this group: Casey emailed this morning to say that she is thrilled to see your questions and comments here. She is off the grid for 2 days right now but will respond as soon as she's back!

Comment by Anna Butcher on May 8, 2017 at 2:57am

This looks fascinating.  I live in a pretty remote part of Greece and also (when not wearing my jewellery hat) guide hiking trips to places in Africa (and Greece) that are completely off the beaten track, accumulating ideas and inspiration for my next pieces.  Camping is my absolute favourite thing!  I'm seriously interested and will be in touch.  

Comment by Roxy Lentz on May 7, 2017 at 5:53pm

I have never really lived off the grid, but I have lived 40 miles from a grocery store, so I can appreciate the challenge.


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