I was touring the Penland Resident Artist studios when some of my students came to tell me about this incredible glass artist. They were so enthusiastic about his work and wanted me to meet him.
Oh-em-gee! That was my first thought/feeling.
I was blown away upon entering David Chatt's studio because I had never seen anything this quite extraordinary.
David is an artist who covers the entire surface of objects with tiny glass beads which he sews on individually, one at a time. Brilliantly insane!
"As incongruous as it may seem, beads and thread are the tools that feel right in my hands. The painstaking process of sewing thousands of tiny glass beads one to the next is one that cannot be hurried. There is something at the core of me that finds this laborious bringing together compelling beyond reason. These tiny glass beads provide a magnet for the eye and hand. The thread that connects them offers a visual cue as to the time that has been invested in each piece. The combination of these elements with a particular issue, idea or object allows my voice to be heard."