"I have been completely overhauled by this experience: reinvigorated, reorganized, revised and renewed."
Kipp's fellowship was focused on "personal renovation." He devoted time to cleaning out and reorganizing his studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts and, in turn, his creative process. "This was the most daunting, painful, and overwhelming part of my fellowship experience. I knew that in order to renew my creativity, I needed to prepare the way - make the path straight." He renovated the space, added new lighting, new shelving, and reorganized his materials. "The prospect of working in this renewed space is exhilarating."
Kipp also traveled with friends to Detroit, where he grew up. "I used that trip to Detroit as a way to understand myself and to identify the reason behind my compulsion to collect." His trip included visits to the Detroit Institute of the Arts for reflection and inspiration. He also traveled to Lake Linden to visit his parents, worked with his father in his woodshop, and visited the community center sewing workshop where his mother volunteers. "The exploration afforded by my travel was very rewarding." In addition to his travel and studio renovation, Kipp took a class in printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design and purchased books and equipment for his studio and print work.