14 Nov 2014

Works in progress...

Do you like seeing what others are working on? I do.
I find seeing photos of works in progress (wips) highly inspiring ... a glimpse into an artist's process; their brain I guess. Making them more accessible somehow. Like they might struggle with everyday stuff we all do ... confusion, doubt, failure, overdoing, underdoing. Y'know. That bare, soft underbelly we all desperately attempt to cover up and protect but which really links us all.

And since I really don't have anything FINISHED to show, I thought I'd post some photos of wips I've taken over the years. I hope you enjoy them!

6 Nov 2014

Throw Back Thursday

For a Nervousness LMAO (Land Mail Art Object) , 12 years ago! How is that even possible!!

Another one...

An altered book for Mother's Day ... I had the opportunity to see this one firsthand again as I cleaned out my mom's apartment. The inside is a little too ..erm.. busy? for my liking but the outside? yah. love that. still!

22 Oct 2014

Works in progress

... so the procrastinating reading worked! And I've been making meaningful progress on a couple of outstanding projects ... two remaining Assemblage Challenges.

This one from my friend Chris:

(you can read more about how to get in on some Assemblage Challenge action here)

Chris's stuff was quite difficult to decide how to approach other than the box which, obviously, begged to be the containing portion of the piece. And what about all those little water bomb "grenades"? And the copious amount of  safety pins?!?

Well I didn't come up with anything for the balloons ... that rubber/plastic would definitely degrade over time. But the safety pins ...oh. yah... they worked out quite nicely!

Chris's piece has since been finished but as I have yet to give it to her you'll just have to wait for photos of the finished product. I think (I hope!) she'll like it!

Now on to Denise's pile o'stuff:

And what a delicious pile, n'est ce pas?! So many choices. So little time. The hearts were definitely speaking to me. And that little china body sadly lacking arms and legs but allow me to come up with replacements from the myriad of items. Some bones perhaps? Well sure they'd work only there were these knitting needle ends that remind me of D's background, being Sydney's premier yarn bomber from back in the day and all. Couldn't let that just fly by, now could I?!

So. Cute!

Now I'm in the process of making her housing which is progressing a lot slower than the little dolly above. But. I'm simply happy to be back in the studio with lots of ideas and detritus floating around so all's right with the world.

Back to it then!

17 Oct 2014

Getting back into the groove

Don't know about you but I find it hard ... really really hard... to get back into a making groove after being gone for awhile. I know the answer is to Just Do It.
Show up.
Get hands dirty.
Make marks.
Act as if.

And I've been trying ...tidying, putting things back where they belong, doing small bits on works in progress but it seems that unless that brain switch has been tripped I tend toward big fat messes rather than making magic happen.

So I read. I look. I browse. (I putz with web stuff) I continue to move things around in the studio, hoping against hope that THIS day will be the day that pieces begin to fit back into the puzzle.

Things I've been looking at ... reading... browsing... (you may have already seen the web putzing!)
  • Nicholas Wilton is a smart man. I rarely read his posts without nodding vehemently.
    This piece does not disappoint: When Your Are Doesn't Sell
  • Darryl Joel Berger is one of those rare people that tell it like it is.
    He also just happens to make phenomenal art as well.
    You should buy something from him.
  • Images I stuffed in my computer Inspiration folder. Sadly I don't know who they belong to (well the first one is my NZ friend Azirca who no longer makes/updates)

    If you recognize any of these, let me know please!