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Women in Business

The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Women In Business event Saturday, October 11, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Alfred Thun Road.

The luncheon began at 11:30 and served different salads and deserts. The speaker for the Chamber event was local artist, Miranda Herrick.

More than 30 women from the Clarksville area attended the networking event, sharing names, business cards and stories.

Herrick was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1977. Her father’s military career took her family many places before they settled in Clarksville in the early 1990s. Herrick graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Art, concentrating in drawing and ceramics. She currently lives in Clarksville and works in Nashville.

Herrick presented a slideshow featuring much of her work, giving detailed descriptions of how and where her inspiration came from as well as the unique materials she used.

Her drawings tend to be very structured geometric patterns. These drawings begin with penciled grid lines and grow out with repetitive, pen-and-ink line work, which is done freehand. The process is meditative in nature.

Subdividing the space on a sheet of paper with pen marks has evolved into recycling post-consumer aluminum cans to fill in blocks of color on a wooden panel. The shift in materials allows Herrick to create larger designs and gives the shapes and colors a subtext. A careful observer can discover what product these aluminum cans carried before they were re-purposed. A thoughtful environmentalist might be made uncomfortable anew with the evidence of accumulation in the repetition of the pieces.

Her “uncanny craft” was featured on Tennessee Crossroads June 2.

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