I’m happy to say that the two collaborative pieces with Shing Yin Khor have already been spoken for. These, however, are still looking for a good home. Clicking on the images will get you Leanna Lin’s Wonderland Gallery website for more information on sizes, prices and shipping.
The Dubious Expedition show opens a week from today, and I was fortunate enough to drop off my work in person last week. Maybe it’s a good thing that I won’t be there for the opening because all the previews/sneak peeks of the pieces coming in for the show are so yummy that I’d want to buy everything!
The Courage Unmasked exhibit is now open at Sarratt Gallery on the Vanderbilt campus, through November 21st. Open and free for viewing. With over 50 transformed radiation masks, it is a very sobering and heartfelt show.
More pictures!! Here are a few pieces that have come to completion since my last post. Although I haven’t been as present in the studio (Tahiti) in the last few weeks, with travel and deadlines to get ready for, it does feel like my knowledge base is growing exponentially.
I’ve been taking Fiona Duthie‘s online Surface Design workshop, with loads of techniques arriving every Friday. Some of these techniques I’ve been using since the very beginning (like making spikes and craters) but others have really sparked my imagination (nuno inclusions!). One of my main objectives this year was to push the “Research and Development” of materials and I think that’s been a very successful endeavor.
You know those little toy cars that you pull back, creating tension and then you let them go and Zzzzoooooooooooooom?! That’s kind of what I feel like right now, in an artistic sense. Here’s maybe a better analogy: For the last 4 years I have been learning a new language of wool/soft sculpture. I’ve learned a lot of the vocabulary, discovered the nuances of dialogue, had some incredible instructors, picked up “slang” from the internet, drafted my own lexicon and started babbling. Now I’m ready to really start telling the story of my work. It’s exciting and invigorating and slightly terrifying.
But first… one more workshop, and this one I’ve been waiting for for quite a while. I’ll be studying with Lisa Klakulak starting this Monday in her home studio in Asheville, NC. As thrilled as I am to be spending quality time with Lisa (who I know from back in her Nashville days), it’s the post-workshop days and weeks and months that I’m truly anticipating.. my “Go Zzzzzzzoooooom” time!
So, if you’re around Asheville for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, drop me a note. I’ll be in workshop Monday – Wednesday and then at SAFF on Friday shopping and stocking up for some serious studio time.
1. aculeus – a stiff sharp-pointed plant process
- plant process, enation – a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
- pricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn, spine – a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
2. aculeus – a sharp-pointed process especially a sting of a hymenopterous insect
- stinger – a sharp organ of offense or defense (as of a wasp or stingray or scorpion) often connected with a poison gland
Here’s a quickie Instagram video of the latest finished sculpture “Aculeus”. I’ve been photographing this ominous beauty in my makeshift lightbox this morning, but there will be hours of editing, sizing, color balance and copyrighting before those pictures get posted. This was fast & dirty and lots of fun!
The sculpture had already been completed when I went about the task of figuring out what I’d made. A polypore is shelf or bracket fungus. And while I do equate this planimal with a sea creature, “slug” had a nicer ring than “nudibranch”.
This piece is covered in soft merino and was made with both wet and needle-felting techniques.
More on how this creature came about in the next post… but for now I give you Bikli.
Here are a few of the photos from this current work-in-progress: wool, glass, sea-urchin spines! The piece is mostly finished, although I’m waiting on the fabric stiffener to set before taking any more photos. I wasn’t sure how to display this one, since it doesn’t have a true top or bottom. Luckily, I found a table-top display “hook” at a clearance sale for $3 that will do the trick.
I’m not sure what it is about felters, but they certainly tend to like seed pods, and I am no exception. Even as a youngster, I was fascinated by the shapes, textures, size and complexity of the seeds I could find in my own backyard. Even now, I have a pretty interesting array of seeds and seed pods in my studio, some found, some gifted and inherited from others. For me, the seed is epitome of latent energy and if you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know my energy is usually latent.
Seeds, by their nature, have to be carried away by wind, water, in the poop of birds and other seed eaters…all to find a place to grow. But what if a seed could transport itself to an ideal growing patch? What would it need? What would it look like?
Two pieces have emerged so far – Heliotropia and Hydrotropia. One carries its own sun, the other its own water. Next, a dirt carrier!
Belly-ringed-two-legged-bottom-feeding nudibranch (Maximus Overkillus).
Wool, glass. 10.5″ x 6″ x 6″, 2012
I posted photos over on my Facebook page a few days ago and requested a new name for this creature. Snarflagopuss, Space Apaloosa and My Little Sea-Pony were my favorites.
This creature was the second piece I was working on with Andrea and I loaded it up with all the applications she taught me. Resists, inclusions, spikes, ponytail, legs and a lot of pre-felt work. Twice I thought it was done, and twice I kept myself honest. The piece needed more attention and I could not let my desire to be finished outweigh my desire to create a higher quality of work.
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