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I want to create collaboratively, both with my community and with the environment from which I cull my material. I’ve always been fascinated and perplexed by the processes through which raw materials are transformed into the stuff of our lives. Often these processes have social and environmental consequences and often they are hidden from public view. In my studio work I seek to highlight process, material origins and the work of the hand. Through socially engaged collaborations, I endeavor to facilitate opportunities for people to make connections to material and community.
Tally Locke was trained as a wooden boatbuilder and traditional furniture maker in St. Michael's, MD and Portland, OR. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft and Design through a program offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has taught studio art, 3D design and furniture making at a number of craft schools and undergraduate programs across the country. Currently, she is pursuing her socially engaged furniture making practice in her home town of Portland, OR.
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