Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
(i wish someone could've known/seen the pain in uploading all these photos on this old computer connected by dial-up. i also accidently deleted many of them and had to re-upload them. garh!)
weavings i've been working on to satisfy my need for repetative behaviors. i'll post more later.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
i almost forgot about this. and i don't ever want to:
Sunday, April 20, 2008
but the show was great. and carli had her portfolio in the show as well, which i had never seen her work (or any of thier work) and i've known her for what, 3 years? anywho. i totally loved these little paper fries and hamburgers she designed (and i'm still trying to find a picture)
also i got to help break in emily roetzel's studio space! i finally made it out there. she's got a great little nook (that fits 3 people!) with an enameling kiln, acetylene torch, stakes/hammers, and an assortment of handtools. yay!
i made a handful of production jewelry for the kent co-op sale the first full week of may (5-9th)
also i attempted to wetpack these huge anitclastic hoop earrings and as i finished and stood up, i dropped them and splattered the enamel on the floor. oops.
so maybe next time i go there i will have the patience to retry those.
while in ohio i got to see the final steps of caitlin clary, allison dickey and heather smotzer's senior jewelry/metals projects. those girls blew me away. i was thrilled to see each of thier pieces because they were all three very different in style, technique and presentation. and i love that about our studio. everyone has thier interests and view on metalsmithing.
caitlin is finishing up toy jewelry that includes a kaliedoscope ring and top earrings and a marble game locket each are beautifully embossed and pierced and powdercoated.
allison was finishing her skeleton sculptures. she raised tiny copper skulls and welded and formed tiny copper bones that are impressively intricate. each little skeleton is of a siamese twin and/or deformed body.
and heather is making these striking bussells out of forged copper floral patterns welded together and formed to the body. each are powder coated, spray painted and/or flocked with tap and die floral pieces atop.
i can't wait to see them in the gallery. (the thing about student work that is infurating is that you can never find photos of the work online!!!! i wish i could show you!)
Monday, April 14, 2008
"Knoll" by susan skoczen, who was a visiting teacher last year. i however did not have her for a class at kent, but would see her and her work occasionally.
it's oxidized silver with flocking. i wish i had experimented with flocking on jewelry. i had a blast making that mannequin. and this piece has such a fun and carefree texture. i am a person of order, but i appreciate that funky green growth.
and (i know this may not be the clearest photo) but i really love these enameled pendants by april higashi. i've been admiring her work for maybe a year. as someone who is visually enthralled by repeating lines and patterns, i've been slightly obsessed with these enamels. plus they're so rich with layers and yet subtle: perfect.
it makes me desperately want to be enameling right now.also, i know its hard to tell, but the color and is terrffic on this bracelet. very simple and yet wearable. i just love it (plus that i adore it's little box)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
i kept waking up and falling back asleep letting myself chose the endings and relive other parts of the dreams.
i'm pretty sure you shouldn't be able to do this. but i have been for a few years now.
i've been feeling very unorganized lately. so i'm come to making this new blog and connecting to others through websites and emails. i've come back to spending more time online than i'd like. i used to be so busy. that is what kills me: i've gone from the most hectic, spontaneous, interesting time of my life thus far and i'm now in the most predictible, monotonous and reduntant phase where creativity is quickly falling to the wayside. i hate this.
i hate hate hate this.
so thursday on a whim i walked over the the house next door that's been abandoned (owned by my parents) and started cleaning out a room. moving 6 beds, boxes, planks of wood, old bi-fold doors and all sorts of junk. i scrubbed all the surfaces: walls, doors, baseboards, windows, sinks, everything. then i hauled in (by my lonesome) an old kitchen table, a large dresser, couch, posters/paintings and a few other tables. i grabbed my easel, paint, and my hoodie (no heat) and started painting and virtually haven't stopped since 430 this afternoon.
also i pulled out all my metalsmithing boxes and got a little bench ready. (and started on this amazingly cool pair of earrings that i'm going to enamel at emily's this weekend)
i will put up pictures tomorrow.
i even cut daffodils and put them in vase next to my other plants.
now i can be alone to work on whatever comes into my mind.
i've been aching to work on some weavings (yet i have no loom) so i've been weaving paper strips and painting as if i'm weaving.
perhaps this month i will be able to buy a torch and some small tools.
but i've got to save in order to move in september.
mies van der rohe's barcelona pavillion.
i just wanted myself to remember this building.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
first and foremost jacqueline ryan. her aesthetic knocks me out everytime i see her work.
the color and simplicity/complexity is really one of a kind.
the hand made quality and her obsession with doing every part of it by hand with attention and care. it's important for me to remember that in world of easy production work, quick fixes and reproduction, most craftsmen really want to spend the time to make the best possible work.
blue enamel/gold brooch
gold ring. this great rose gold ring with tiny leaves is such a simple idea and yet is remarkably complex and delightful. i got to hold this ring!
also her sketchbooks. we got to see these first hand in florence last summer. never have i been more impressed with a sketchbook of ideas and works in progress.
she explained that often her paper models take more time and care than her finished metal pieces due to thier complexity and problemsolving beforehand. beautiful.
also, lately i've been stumbling upon arthur hash's work. i saw him at baltimore last year as a featured artist and quickly took note about how i adored his aesthetic. since then i've just come across his work as links on people's websites, in metalsmith and at the society of contemporary craft to name a few.
i love this piece. i wish i could wear it.
it's a cast polyurathne bracelet
and the tiny pink chainsaws. how can you not think that is the most wearable thing?