Re-Coverie Journals

Funny name, but these little journals are the result of several friends’ advice urging me to reproduce my original journal and kindle designs. These “Re-Coverie” journals (appropriate name in many ways) are traditional chapbook construction which feature a color scan of the original designs. The smaller version, little journals that are 5×7″, are sewn with elastic metallic cord so that the “tail” of the book can be pulled over as a closure. My friend Gina gave me good advice on trimming the pages. I’m happy with the results, plus it’s a good way for me to keep track of my original designs from now on.
In the first photo, you can see the original covers with their Re-Coverie Journal counterparts, and in the last one you can see the inside of the journals with a library card on the left side for notes and cards and an explanation of the design on the right side. These will sell (I’m hoping) for about $10.
What is it about spring that gets creative ideas running rampant?

Etsy Experiment

One of my favorite fellow Etsy-ers has both a gallery shop and a shop in which she sells supplies for other artists. I thought I might try it to see what happens. My little face shards are popular items at workshops and I thought people might like to buy them for themselves to  create with. So here’s the new shop –

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the little shard faces on this site. If they don’t sell on Etsy, that’s just more for me to play with!

Extensions of ideas

Straight out of this morning’s kiln firing, here are some sculptural pieces built as part of a small paper-and-earthenware assemblage. The first photograph is before the firing during the “thinking” stage. These have no surface treatment at all but I think the combination of paper and clay (much like I did for the Art League show) has a lot of promise. I hope my beloved studio partner has lots more cast and pressed paper for me to steal!
Surface treatment is still a question, but whatever it is, experimenting will be fun. Think Klimt. I see these pieces as both free-standing and wall hung . . they are definitely works in progress.

Philip John Evett and Brella

Visiting the Hill Country studio and gallery of my old friend and former sculpture professor, Phil Evett, is a special event for sure. This visit was even more special – we were going to meet Brella, a small, elegant wooden goddess whom we were taking back to San Antonio to become a treasured part of a private art collection. Author and professor Frank Kersnowski went with me, and we had a wonderful tour of Phil’s studio and then a fine lunch at the Redbird Cafe in nearby Blanco.The cafe is owned by the Briegers, potters and artisans, and their gallery is right next door.
Phil’s work continues to be astonishing in its scope and complexity – at 89, he is a legend and a delight. I’m sure all of his former students would agree as would Brella herself if she could talk.

Another Amazing Artist Abode

Last week a group of us met at an artist friend’s house to discuss an upcoming herb garden tour. Marty, the homeowner, is a multifaceted furniture designer (check out the arrow table/bench), painter, and cactus sculptor. His garden is a fascinating mini-botanical  arboretum with cactus and succulents and raised beds and structures. If you look at the last photo, you can see that he cuts stars on some of his cactus plants and they continue to grow like that as they reproduce. Wow. Marty has a new gallery in Wimberley, Texas – I haven’t seen it yet but I imagine it’s as interesting as his house.