I thought I would start to share some of the things I made in my ceramics class last semester. I was desperately bogged down with three studio classes at once PLUS life. I commend anyone who can do all of that with ease and grace, it ain't me.
This is just one small piece of a much larger work. I did a series of shrines for my final project, each of them personal, intimate, and all about my journey in life.
She is only about 4.5 inches tall, and I haven't unpacked her base yet, a tower of wood blocks that adds about 5 inches. See the holes in the hand area? Yeah. The hands I made to be attached with wire were lost in the kiln somehow, some way. I need to think of a creative solution.
How cute is that little side bun?! I love the way I feel when I wear my hair that way so I thought it would be a nice detail for the mini-me.
I bound her in a cloth tape measure because no matter how confident I am, no matter what kind of talk I give myself, or energy I put out in the universe, I still feel bound by society because of my size.
I know, I know, I need to get over it, and I am working on it in a couple of ways, one: focusing on health, not size, and two: working on listening to my body, NOT everything else!
I'm so excited to shart sharing these things I've made again, I look forward to hearing from you!
I finished and submitted this today in my mixed media group. This is B-'s book and her theme I had to work with was Celtic.
I was inspired by my art history class and a Norwegiean church we studied.
This was an old board book and the right side page was a puzzle. Most of the pieces are glued in, but I left a few empty for depth.
The book binding split while I was working with it, so I glued it together as best I could and decided to fill the space with 'old artifacts'.
The weird eternity thing with heads is supposed to be a zoomorphic interweaved piece. The small heads are snakes and the large heads are gryphons.
On the left is a scottish thistle (LOVE). I love thistles! [on a side note, the garden I used to work for had a HUGE thistle in it, loved that...almost as tall as I am. They also used the thistle as part of their logo.]
The words around the thistle read:
May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!
Okay, so here is my unfinished, feeble attempt at a Steampunk Style Round Robin Altered Book page...or 2 pages.
I guess I don't totally grasp the whole thing...victorian meets mechanical meets modern/robot? I stuck with the victorian/mechanical. So far Ihave incorporated a spinning filamentous light-bulb (collage) and a spinning hot air balloon. Tomorrow I have a bunch of metal bits and some text to add.
One side of the light-bulb
One side of the hot-air balloon
I liked the idea of two similarly shaped objects placed side by side...I'm not sure how it reads...
So, here I am...playing catch up. The past week has been crazy busy, I managed to work on a few things, but put off posting in exchange for a few extra minutes of sleep. Things are starting to feel back to normal...what's that??
210 Another page for my Upcycled Journal
211 My first attempt at a linoleum block carving, loved it and want to do more!
212 A little free motion self-portrait
213 Wouldn't you love to get a letter in a fabric envelope like this? I know I would...still working out the particulars on the best way to go about this...
214, 215, & 216 A mixed media collage
217 The beginings of a new collage, haven't gotten very far yet, but looking forward to seeing where this one goes!
Okay, my fingers are basically still glued together...all in the name of ART! So...I joined a new Mixed Media Group, and our first project is an altered book. You can find out lots of information about altered books all over the internet. I won't bore you with the details...Old book, make it into art, enjoy. Think of the book as your canvas.
Let's just say I had OVER A MONTH to get my book prepped and ready for trading. I did it last night. seriously. Like 8 hours in the studio making it happen. Why do I procrastinate so?
I had actually started a few weeks ago, and screwed the book up, couldn't use it because I tore up the thread the pages are sewn in with...therefore all of the pages were falling out. Do not make this mistake.
Then, I started a second book, but forgot to put some sort of protective layer (I used freezer paper) between two of the page sections...so I had a few good pages and the rest of the book was glued together...not in a good way. Do not make this mistake either.
So, while I was at the thrift store the other day I noticed a game that was missing all it's pieces except for the little personal gameboards-- about 7inX7in square chipboards. I couldn't resist at 25cents, thinking I'd use them for something. These became my book!
A drill, two holes, and some binder rings later I had a book, right? RIGHT! A non-traditional book, but still a book.
Please excuse the pictures...in my sleep-deprived state I forgot to take pictures, these were taken on the trunk of my car in the parking lot of the cafe we were meeting in. boo.
Cover...not complete, I figure I will artify the cover after it returns to me, to keep it from getting beat up.
These are the inside cover pages, the left is the theme of my book for the other artists to follow...Fly Free. The right page is the sign-in page, I included a bookmarky-tag thing for everyone to art up and sign in with. Lots of loose threads, layers and collage on these pages!
These are the pages I did for my theme, There are five other ladies that will be working in my book over the next 5 months. I won't get my book back until JUNE!! ahhh, I'll make it!
This a blank page primed for another artist, each artist will complete a 2 page spread ( right and left page)
These are the end pages, last page and inside of the back cover!
Hope you enjoyed this, I can't wait to start on the book I got today, her theme is Steam Punk, wish me luck!
Today I have been making a huge Paper Cloth, tomorrow I plan to make more too! Today's is 16X20, after it dries I want to cut it up and then sew it back together into some combination. I haven't totally figured that part out yet...
The blocks I cut out from this one will be 4X5, and maybe tomorrow's will be 4X4.