Friday, July 6, 2012

Mini Ceramics Workshop with Ingrid Bathe


I just come back from a mini ceramic workshop with Ingrid Bathe in Edgecomb, Maine. It was my first time working with clay, and I loved it! I worked mainly with porcelain which is what Ingrid uses most, I loved how thin you could get it and the feel of it. Not sure what will survive the firing though, I hear I went a bit thin on most pieces :). If they survive, I'm going have a lot of bowls because I kept trying to do taller shapes, like tumblers or glasses, but the height was the most difficult to get and each time I'd end up with another bowl or a pot..


Of course what I really need is cups but oh well...

Ingrid was a fantastic teacher, and a very sweet person. She made us these delicious lunch every day, which we got to share with the chickens of the house:




If you are not familiar with Ingrid's work, you can see it on her website here. I love the simplicity of her pieces, mostly white and pinched.

A huge thank you to Lari Washburn for making this possible. I can't wait to see a post on her blog about her new ceramic work, it looked amazing. Be sure to check it out..



Friday, June 22, 2012

The Hazel Brown Collection - Sweetest Video Ever

Kathie from  RIPEGOODS kindly introduced me to this amazing video (stitching addicts beware, this is  overload for your senses):




 See the Hazel Brown Collection here.

 It is so inspiring to me to see that one could design a collection of clothes and do something that creative and beautiful at the same time. While I have been enjoying making the leather bags, I do miss making art and wish I could balance the two like she does. Certainly a goal at the top of my list..

Happy Friday everyone.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Constantin Brancusi's photos at Silverstein Gallery in NY



Beautiful photographs by Brancusi (1876-1957) of his work in his studio are on show at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea. I think of him as a modern icon and it's a bit surprising to see that he was born in 1876! But I guess "modern" is old now...

I've always liked a lot of his sculptures but seeing them in his studio makes them look even better.




So beautiful.. I never realized he had studied shortly with Rodin, and was introduced to photography by Steichen and Man Ray. You can read more about him here.

 And he was pretty good looking too, wasn't he?


The show is on til 6/23.

All photos courtesy of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery website.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Sheila Hicks Exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. - Apr 20 - May 25, 2012

Another trip to New York seems to be de rigueur for this newly opened exhibition of Sheila Hicks at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in Chelsea, on view through May 25, 2012. It seems there will be some of her newer pieces that were not included in her retrospective last year, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what she's been up to.




You can read more about the show here and let me know if you get to see it before I do!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Soaps from Olive and Oud


I was delighted to receive these soaps from Olive & Oud yesterday - another reminder to buy handmade.. They are wonderfully scented and look beautiful! Laura Natusch, the shop owner and maker, is an ex-painter who decided to become a soap maker strolling through a farmer's market in Brattleboro, VT. She fell in love with scents, and has become an expert at mixing various essences to make these deliciously scented soaps. You can read about her fascinating process and interests here. I really enjoyed reading about her inspiration (which includes Vietnamese food - no wonder I had to buy  her soaps!)  and how she gets to a final product.

Laura has been following this blog for a while, and knowing my love for old fabrics, included the lovely piece of old kimono silk fabric you see in the background. I can't help feeling so very lucky to be surrounded / followed by generous, creative and talented people like her. Really.

Visit her store here to see the subtle scents she has concocted.




Sunday, March 25, 2012

Joseph Albers "Peintures sur Papier" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris



I so wish I could hop in a plane to see this show at the Pompidou in Paris.. "Joseph Albers, peintures sur papier" is on display through April 30, 2012, and includes a lot of the studies and sketches Albers did before making his oil paintings. I've always liked his work (as well as Anni's) but I think I like these even better because they're so much loser.

Found via the very inspiring Improvised Life blog.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Los Talleres - Day 13 (already??) - New Work in Progress


I found these natural fiber scrubbing pads the other day at the market and had to get a few.. love their soft white color, and they just seemed to be piles of threads rolled up together and flattened in shape.
They seem to call for some stitching and they've started to morph into a shape of their own:  







It does seem that I'm more and more drawn to work in 3D. The netting has been recurring too - I started collecting nets a couple of years back and now seem to want to make some type of my own, over things or between things.. I think of the weavings on the small branches as netting too.I think I"m going to try to experiment with different kind of stitches too.

Hard to believe I'm almost at half time here..


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Los Talleres - Day 8

I'm still enjoying my time here in Los Talleres, starting to really get used to the slow pace and the heat (it's in the 80's about every day..). Made a quick trip into San Miguel yesterday - which doesn't seem to be as indigenous as Oaxaca yet still very pretty: 





Otherwise, still swaddling and doing these mini weavings:




Still unsure where it's all going but working away...


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Merlin Nyakam dancing to Bobby Mc Ferrin

Totally hypnotizing! Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy..



p.s.: Cameroun is now on my list of destinations to go to..

Friday, March 2, 2012

Los Talleres - Day 2



So here I am in Los Talleres, an artist retreat just outside of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. "Retreat" is the key word here, since this is what you see when you turn left and right:


I'm sorry if the photos appear a bit weird (stripes?), they seem to not want to download properly.

Anyhow, once I got past the first "shock" that I was indeed going to be staying in such a remote place for a month (the urban dweller that I am realized I NEVER experienced that :), I find it exciting to finally have the time to do artwork. The last few months have been so busy making leather bags that I am really looking forward to just make art without having to think "product" (by the way, new bags were posted on Etsy last week and I will post a few more by tomorrow, so check it out here).

This is Harriet, one of the two dogs to keep me company (along a with a lovely couple who manages the place, Raleigh and Evan).



And here's the studio:



I a bit wish that I would have an art project already started and felt a bit intimidated at first, thinking of all the time that's available to me and no specific idea.. However,  before I left, I dreamt that I was going to swaddle some trees or bushes in pink yarn  so I started swaddling some thorny dead branches:


Who knows where that will go but it's a start..




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pina by Wim Wenders

I absolutely LOVED the Pina movie by Wim Wenders; I was in total awe of Pina Baush's and her dancers' talent, their love and admiration for her, the impact she obviously had on all of them, the beauty and power of every scene which surely was  emphasized by Wim Wenders' own genius, the dresses, the humor, EVERYTHING...  Here are a couple of extracts but really, everything in the movie is so beautiful and moving, you must try to see it:







I couldn't think of a better tribute to her work. Loved, loved, loved..

Monday, February 6, 2012

Max Colby: Embroidery on Prints

I just discovered the work of Max Colby (soon to be graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and it got me re-inspired to do embroidery. He first prints cell-like shapes that he then transforms with hand embroidery:


I like how they take a life of their own and almost become whimsical creatures:








He says: "The inspiration for the figurative aspect of the work is mostly from cellular forms, where the ability to distinguish between the form as pre-life (or birth) and after death is obscured.  I find inspiration for the embroidery from old victorian patterns in embroidery and wallpaper, interior design from the traditional to cutting edge contemporary as well as a full range of periods of garment construction (ornate victorian to current couture and "concept" lines).  Most of all, I find inspiration in the people I see around me towards creating hybrid forms from many time periods, cultures, genders and races creating something new that stresses breaking down stereotypes, binary terms and social paradoxes."

You can read more about it or see more of his work on his website here.  Definitely someone to watch, no?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Arizona trip

I thought I'd try the Blogpress app on my phone to post a few pics from our quick trip to Arizona last week. It was the perfect place to recharge our batteries and to put things in perspective..































The last picture is from Montezuma and shows Sinagua Indian dwellings from 1000 years ago, when they thought it was easier to build in the rocks than to build walls...

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