Monthly Archives: February 2012
Art of Display
I needed a way to display my Shard pin collages to make them look like works of art as well as personal adornment, so here’s the first idea: I used a Lucite picture frame from Michael’s, the kind that stands on its own. It has a second layer folded over the back to hold a photo, but that made it too thick to hold the magnet, so I snapped that layer off. It breaks very cleanly, thank goodness. Then I crafted a paper “sleeve frame” from good drawing paper with a circular cut-out – easier to show than to describe! See the photos:
Open Studio Afternoon
The studio was open for visitors, but the action was in the living room where my friend Jan and I set up our work – it was a cold gray day, but brave friends came out to eat and visit and shop. It’s such a good, low-pressure way to share and sell art. Jan and I both did well. Her work is gorgeous, especially her metal clay creations. Surprises for me were the pins and the little cards, which sold out quickly – lots of scent shards sold as well, so the event was successful on all levels. Here are a few photos – my house *almost* looks like a real gallery! Jan and I are planning another sale in April – hooray! I may be recovered by then.
Shard Adornments for Open Studio
I’d hoped to get more done, but ran out of time – these are such fun to make, especially since I have a stash of new beads from a friend’s studio. These are lots of scent shards and votive cards, and my friend Jan Longfellow will have her glass jewelry, so we should be fine.
Open Studio – Yikes
Sometimes you have to go with your instincts, and I had a strong nudge from that good old inner voice to have an open studio this Sunday. After all, we’re in the doldrums of winter, it’s almost Valentines Day, and I needed a reason to get going with some new art. Also, the new cards I’ve been working on would be perfect small gifts. I invited my friend Jan Longfellow, a wonderful glass designer and jeweler, to join me. It should be informal and fun – hope people show up!
In a roundabout way, I found an artist whose work I really find fascinating and influential, especially for his idea of layers and power based on his interpretation of cave drawings. His name is Marshall Arisman – I’d seen his work for years without knowing his name. You will probably recognize images when you visit his website. This is from his Divine Elvis series:
Here’ a short video explaining why Arisman thinks shamanic artists painted over others’ work on the walls of caves even thought that notion is generally regarded as taboo. It’s thought-provoking, as are his paintings. And . . he encourages other artists to steal techniques from him and anybody else, and make them their own. I like that.