Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mixed Media Assemblage Junk Bird Class

Had a great group of people out to the studio to build bird out of junk. I love to see the great diversity of creations that happen.  Same instructions and same basic materials and such a creative variety of art.







Monday, February 24, 2014

Walking to Work


In the last weeks before blanket of snow we are currently covered with the weather was quite lovely and I enjoyed walking to work. My mom joined me a couple of days which made it extra nice to walk and get to have great conversations. Most of the walk is on the roads but I detour and walk through a sweet park along the river with beautiful old trees
Also enjoying playing with the quick easy photo editing on my new tablet 



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gutsy Doll Work Table

I am preparing samples for my upcoming class this weekend working with the Art Doll format but incorporating sausage casings or gut. Totally strange and fabulous technique that I learned from Melissa Manley and then adapted to work with my medium.  It’s a two day class where we will start with a reclaimed porcelain doll and then build armatures out of wire such as wings, fins, and skirts and then stretch the wet gut over them the first day and return the next day to see the magic of the gut and finish up our dolls with paint and fabric. 
For more class info: Gutsy Doll Feb 15,16th
now for some fun pictures….
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This is all the prep before I start adding the gut… stay tuned

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Dollmaker

Last spring I was approached by some wonderful people, Lisa Cooper and Dan McComb of Visual Contact to see if I would be interested in being a part of their Maker series of videos. I get a lot of emails from people wanting me to participate in this or do that, and a lot of them never amount to anything. So before proceeding I went to check out Lisa and Dan's work and was totally blow away by the quality of their work. So I said YES sign me up... “sure I will somehow fit that in between this show and that conference.”  Just earlier this month that seed that was planted and diligently nurtured  by Lisa and Dan bloomed into an this amazing video. The Dollmaker is visually delightful  and also speaks to poignantly  to "why" I make the art I do. Thank you Lisa and Dan for the huge amount of work it took to make this video come into being.

 

 

It was nerve wracking to be filmed while working and seeing yourself on video not so much fun…. I was in total denial about the size of my double chin.  LOL

But the visual they captured of my studio are creepy and beautiful.  I do have to admit that my favorite part of the video if I had to pick one is the narrative. We sat down and did an interview for 45 mins while filming and then they edited it down to the parts that would work with the video.  The words that were chosen are PERFECT.  They really speak to why I make the art I make and what it means to me. I want to share some of my favorite lines with you…



“The doll is an icon of our humanness and we have idealized it but the reality is we are not ideal.

I want to give them the nitty gritty rough tough life they deserve

It has the energy of the people that have used it held it and those pieces speak to me

I was actually raised to more like the pristine pretty doll that sits on the cupboard and is revered and that doll is kind of…. boring

I want to be the doll that lives a life that isn’t afraid, that makes mistakes. That makes choices that aren’t the right choices.

It is the idea that sacred is also sexual, the pristine is also dirty.

That living life and having the scars of life is valuable.

We are afraid of death and darkness and dirty and shadow, we want to pretend that doesn’t exist we don’t want to talk about it we don’t want to look at it, we want to put it in the back closet and the reality is it here it’s with us all the time.

I want to take that darkness and shadow and that dirt and make it beautiful, because it is ….beautiful.”



If you or someone you know need high quality video word done I highly recommend Lisa and Dan.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bright Colored Art Dolls

During the Christmas season I am just head down making art and selling art!  which I am super grateful for.  I even enjoy the kind of feverish pace at least for awhile.

But with that said,  YAY JANUARY!!!

I made lots of new and interesting pieces during the holiday season but there was no time for sharing them with you all. So I am going to take some time to do just that….

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Check out those bright colors…. Not my usual sepia and antiqued white! I am not going to say it’s a trend yet but I am enjoying playing with some brighter colors.

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Suzy is a fun punk girl with dread hair falls made out of wired yarn and hand dyed fabric scraps. Her clothes are made out of scraps from 1960 turquoise lace dress. It was so fabulous it was hard to cut up but it will make for many many fabulous pieces of art

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Suzy is still available and looking for the right new funky home. 

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