Monday, November 14, 2011
University of Iowa Libraries which helped me find and identify the print (Cena) and the maker (Mauricio Lasanksy). Museum and library digital collections are really starting to pop up. The Metropolitan Museum's online collection is awesome. We can count on these resources to be accurate, although in lesser known museum collections, the image quality or size is not always great. When I came across the University of Iowa Libraries' digital collection of over 450,000 items. My heart quickened because I knew I was close to hunting down the worm (I had seen the print there when I visited in 2007).
For a virtual tour of major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out Google Art Project. Although not a substitute for the real thing, it's pretty exciting to visit (or re-visit) a virtual museum and get a zoom up view of works without having to leave your house (or change out of your comfy-pants).
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Side note: Radiolab has a fascinating episode devoted to the phenomena of earworms. Definitely worth the listen. From wikipedia: Earworm . . . is a portion of a song or other music that repeats compulsively within one's mind, put colloquially as "music being stuck in one's head."
Did you know that through the Google Chrome browser, you can search by image instead of words? I gave it a whirl with an image of one of my nutstash jars and the search engine returned accurate information, as well as other visually similar (color scheme, composition) images. I can see a lot of potential here for designers, researchers, spies, and otherwise curious folks.
|a screen shot from the results of my image search in Google Chrome|
What about a search by smell? Ripe with possibility.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
|elevating used soap to a status of beauty|
Friday, November 4, 2011
Either that or visit fancy restaurants.
There really is no excuse for anyone who calls herself a potter or tableware designer to not know the term amuse bouche.
It wasn't until polymer artist Judy Belcher picked up one of my hand-sized oval dishes and exlaimed, "This would be perfect for amuse bouche" Immediately, I liked the sound of that.
Pronounced (uh-MYUZ-boosh), the french word means: mouth amuser. Serving sizes are small and chefs often showcase their creativity with the dish.
However, you probably are living on this planet and you already know that.
Embarrassment aside, I'm inspired. Thank you Judy for the vocab lesson. I'm off to make some spoon-sized bowls.
|Amuse bouche spoons|
Thursday, November 3, 2011
|From "Fledgling", a Serbian Sesame Street|
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
phase 1: stream-of-consciousness illustration
I indulge in whatever imagery flows from pen to page. Like seeing imagery in the clouds, I have several strategies to generate images. Characters or patterns might evolve from scribbles. Often, these drawings will be incomplete. Occasionally I will force myself to finish the sentence in order to see how the character or pattern can be resolved on the page.
|Phase 1 images|
phase 2: research
Through responding to my phase 1 drawings, I find connections between the drawings. Using the dictionary or thesaurus, books, internet (wikipedia, blogs, vimeo, netflix), and even real life experiences (what??!), I focus in on one or two themes that tie the drawings together. Usually the soil of my brain is very fertile in this phase and lots of ideas sprout.
phase 3: sketchbook to clay
I revisit the sketchbook and draw more detailed illustrations, incorporating the characters I developed in phase 1 into narratives or scenarios that evolved during phase 2. I usually come up with a few ideas that seem like they would transfer nicely into specific ceramic forms.
I do have to mention that the phases to not always follow such a strict linear progression. I usually bounce somewhat between the phases. Often, I will try out some drawings on cups before I know exactly what my narrative is. I never thought I would be so strategic with my art-making! (Thank you graduate school). I am pretty comfortable with the process at this point in my creative life as it keeps my mind and my pen very busy.
What processes do you use in your artistic practice?
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Trash Stash Bear S&P by Chandra DeBuse |
Photo taken by Charlie Cummings
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hey--remember this guy? A photo of Nut Stash Jar is posted during the leather hard stage in the previous post. Now he's all dressed up in black, green and yellow. The dark palette is a departure from my current body of candy-colored work on white. Because the jars depict the act of looking for previously-buried nuts, I turned to darker colors, representing the underground world.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Well, I have been at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for five full weeks now. Although I am inspired by the art and craft objects that are being made here, I am particularly in awe of the everyday scenes of the studio and around Gatlinburg. I try to carry my camera with me, as you never know when inspiration strikes. Here are some images I have captured since my arrival.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Because a playground doesn't have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it's better if it doesn't.
Because playgrounds are under-recognized as an artistic medium.
Because everybody loves a playground.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
My studio research has focused on play for the past few years. How does play influence personal identity? How is play portrayed in Art? In what environments do we allow ourselves to play? What do our toys look like? (And what do they teach us?) Who is allowed to play? Can we transcend our realities through play?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The second form is a very simple, generic form that lends itself to illustrated surfaces. The contours of this cup shift smoothly from one angle to the next, meaning no surface of this cup is unavailable to an illustration. In fact, what I enjoy most about this form is being able to wrap the drawing around the bottom. The stories illustrated are of creatures engaging in some sort of play activity: roller skating, dancing, jumping on a trampoline, playing with a ball. I love that the illustration is not fully visible to a spectator until the cup’s user drinks the last drops of liquid from the cup, fully exposing the bottom and the entire picture.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
These are on display at the Armory Art Center foyer, as a part of a ceramics and sculpture faculty exhibit. The creamer and sugar jar are little guys: approx 5 inches tall. I am working toward my piece for Small Favors at the Clay Studio in Philly, which needs to be no larger than 3.75 inches. Get out your magnifying glasses!