Kendra J. Dowd
An award-winning, self-taught textile and mixed media artist, I'm frugal and sentimental, an eagle-eyed scavenger, and an inventive storyteller. Although I've traveled and lived elsewhere, I was born and raised in New England and feel a deep connection to its topography and seasonal changes.
My inspiration for creating a new piece may be sparked by a found object that suggests a story to me, an impulse to capture a particular shape found in nature using whatever materials are at hand, or perhaps by the desire to express a particular feeling or idea. Sometimes I just need to lose myself in the process of making, using my hands, making choices, experimenting as I put bits together to create something that's never existed before.
I'm the wife of an amazingly supportive husband, mother of three beautiful grown daughters, "Nana" to three beloved grandchildren, a life-long dancer, avid walker, and nature enthusiast. My husband and I live in Arlington, MA, a quick 15-minute bus ride from Harvard Square and a two minute walk to Spy Pond.
My work has been exhibited locally at the Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington; the Medford Historical Society, Medford; the Beebe Estate, Melrose; the Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River; the Nave Gallery and Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville; and at Arlington Open Studios, Arlington. I've been a member of Rising Star Quilters Guild since 2004 and contribute work to their annual show in Lexington. Two pieces from my Nest Series are included in the recently published Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra F. Stanton (Schiffer Publishers), 2018.