Seems as if most of my posts have been from the many workshops I have been teaching over the past few months. I do love sharing workshop pics though because of the incredibly inspiring work that is done during classes. I always learn new tricks from students and new ways of looking at things. I also was able to take a class recently which was lots of fun! I took Jen Cushman’s class at CREATE, Chicago and had so much fun learning some wire working basics. Taking a class has really become a luxury and something I truly value. Even though my work in jewelry is far different than what was being taught, I know that I will use some of the techniques someplace down the road.
Over the past couple of months, I have had my work included in three books by various artists, the most recent one being Tracy Verdugo’s book, Paint Mojo.I was asked to pick a certain topic and I chose to write about sources of inspiration. This was easy for me because travel has always had the greatest impact on me and often drives the direction of my work. The pictures included above were from our travels to Morelia, Mexico where we witnessed the incredible Monarch butterfly migration. Both of these pieces were inspired by that trip and actually include real butterfly wings in the mosaics. Another very large piece I recently finished was inspired by a trip to Plymouth Rock.
This piece called Hopes and Dreams is 2 x 3 feet !! That is LARGE for me. It is currently at an exhibition at Carthage College in Wisconsin. Most of the pieces were created using transfer techniques. There is a vial of soil from Plymouth Rock as well as excerpts from the Mayflower Compact.
I also wanted to share some of the other work I have been doing over the past couple of months in between all the teaching and traveling! I have been having so much fun with clay! Always fun to see the beautiful colors that are derived from scrap clay!I decided to utilize a skirt that I had from a class sample in this piece.I have also been totally in love with digitally altering images and using them in my collages on clay. I have very limited tools, using only the photo editing software in Pages…..very basic, but I feel like it would take another lifetime to learn Photoshop….so I am sticking with simplicity. Here is a work in progress:Decided I didn’t like this head and added a new one! Off with his head!This series of work was created for some Mexican nichos I bought in Santa Fe. Here are a few other centerpieces that were created with my digital collage image transfers.I wish there were more hours in a day….as I truly love working in these little nichos. Aside from these pieces, here are a few other things I have been working on including a few projects for class samples for upcoming workshops in 2015! So you can see I have been pretty busy getting ready for a few upcoming shows as well as working on smaller pieces that are more easily transported! I will be teaching in Petaluma in September and doing the vendor show there too. Then I am off to Art is You in Stamford, Ct. in early October and then down to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for our Day of the Dead art retreat there! So busy times ahead……
Did manage to get down to the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art for the last day of the Rufino Tamayo exhibition…..love Tamayo’s work….now that’s inspiring!So that’s all the news that’s fit to print from here!