Artist Residency April 10 – 24, 2017
Camille Schafer, 75, from Normandy, France was 2 years old when a World War II device detonated in her hand. She lost her right hand, half of her forearm, and didn’t speak for 2 years. Camille spent many years of her life trying to establish normalcy with prosthetics. But Camille is a force of nature and has accomplished more with one hand than many people have do with two: Camino de Santiago, met Salvador Dali along the route, moved to Canada to teach art, married her husband in a Cessna above Toledo, Ohio, built an architectural gem in the middle of Hot Springs, North Carolina where she would later create the artist residency where I would meet her, she has sewn 8’ quilts, built monumental mosaics, and every equinox and solstice she hiked 9 miles to camp on a sacred mountain beneath the moonlight. One of the projects I created at during my time there was a cast of her hand.