From Rushville, Illinois
Amber Bledsoe grew up in the rural town of Rushville, Illinois and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Missouri - St. Louis (2015) and is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design.
Notable achievements include: Intern for Island Press, Contemporary Print Editions and Artist Projects - St. Louis, MO; Intern for Firecracker Press - St. Louis, MO; Co-Director for Alluvium Gallery - KCAD; scholarships to attend Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and The Golden Apple Art Residency.
Her current body of work explores the complexities of relationships in her life through manipulation of material which often includes the knotting and braiding of rope, paper casting vessels, basket weaving techniques, and growing crystals. Amber explores the use of the vessel to capture and hold interactions between her family members. Through repetitive actions she is able to weave, print, emboss, and encase the fibrous connections of her life.