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Artist Profiles (part 3): Tamara Bagnell, Frank Myers, John Stern

Tamara Galiano Bagnell


“The word that spoke to me most was ‘evolving’, so I chose to base my idea around that,” says Tamara, when we asked how she came up with her prototype for STITCH. “I will be using the words ‘Durham’ and ‘Evolving,’ and string, nails, wood, and plexiglass to compose a complicated web of intersecting threads,  somewhat reminiscent of ‘string art,’ from which the two words will evolve.”
Tamara got her bachelor’s in interrelated media from Massachusetts College of Art in 2001, which was part of the reason we got excited about having her be part of STITCH. Originally from Melrose, Massachusetts, she now lives here in Durham, showing fine art in a variety of media, from assemblage and installation, to paintings and prints. “Unlike the larger cities I’ve lived in, Durham is the first place I’ve called home that fills me with a sense of endless possibility.”
She also runs a design business, Modern Radar Design Co., whose main focus is screenprinted media and textile design.
Why did she join STITCH? “I love getting involved in collaborative work that builds bonds between artist and community,” she said. “I also like the way this particular project allows room for the artists to interpret the concept in their own way, in their own voice.”

Frank Myers

Frank Myers“I have been toying with an idea for a little while now that might be perfect for this project,” said Frank when we talked to him about the idea of STITCH. “Over the last few months I have taken photos of several prominent and recognizable walls in downtown Durham.  I have been planning to create a series of images to be printed as fake graffiti playbills featuring local Durham musical acts,” he said. “My desire is to make it look as if someone photographed the walls and printed the graffiti out to hang in their home.” And that’s exactly what he’s making. Here’s an example.

John Stern

“Although I appreciate great aesthetics,” John says, “I believe it is the role of art to turn a critical eye on ourselves.

He’ll be making a custom t-shirt design for STITCH, drawing from training in graphic design.

“I like it when communities come together to brainstorm their current state and how to progress, rather than just patting themselves on the back or indulging. It seems like STITCH is really starting some great conversations. I love Durham because it’s a work in progress that’s struggling with bridging old gaps the community, building a strong economy, and planning for the next generation.”