Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mapped Watercolor/ Twill Woven

Ruth Laskey
California, U.S.A.

Twill Series (Deep Orange/Dark Brown/Purple), 2007
Hand-dyed & handwoven linen
19.75 x 18.25 inches
DETAIL: Twill Series (Deep Orange/Dark Brown/Purple), 2007
Study for Twill Series (Deep Orange/Dark Brown/Purple), 2007
Watercolor on graph paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

Twill Series (Black 1), 2008
Handwoven linen
28 x 37.5 inches
DETAIL, Twill Series (Black 1), 2008
Study for Twill Series (Black 1), 2008
Watercolor on graph paper
17 x 22 inches
Ruth Laskey creates small watercolor studies on graph paper to map out her plan for the production of the final piece she weaves. 

She uses a twill weave structure to execute the drawing as a woven piece of cloth in linen.
A pleasing outcome in my book.
See more here.  

Friday, March 26, 2010

Networked and Stacked

Derick Melander
born in Saratoga Springs, NY
Lives in New York City, NY, USA

Universal Set, 2008

Size: 12" x 9' x 6' (H x W x D) Materials: White Sneakers; Work Boots 

Universal Set: Drawing.
A network of ordinary shoes. The laces do not function in their expected fashion,
but instead bind adjacent shoes together. This process is repeated, creating a "daisy chain" effect.
Flesh of My Flesh
approximate Size: 10-12' x 2' x 2' (H x W x D)
Filter, approximate Size: 8.5' x 11' x 1' (H x W x D) FRONT
All images © Derik Melander
Derick Melander uses second hand clothing to in his sculptures that as he says, 
"explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, between the self and the outside world. " 
A meaningful mark in my book.

See his video about a recent work that will without a doubt, make you think a bit about humanity. Into the Fold. A sculpture from 3,615 pounds of second hand clothing.  
Representing the amount of textile waste created by New Yorkers every 5 minutes.  
Check it out here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Undomesticated Part 2

Posting a few images each day this week from Undomesticated
see original post here.

Christy Gray

Stephanie Lipscomb

More to come in a few days.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Exploring the use of craft mediums as a means of artistic expression
March 19 - April 11, 2010
Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, OH USA

A few images inside the gallery today, Sunday, March 21, 2010.
The opening reception on Friday night hosted well over 300 people.  It was quite overwhelming to see so many people out and about. 
The gallery itself is an old speakeasy and has a lower level that has a nice vibe.
Many thanks to Stephanie Lipscomb and Linda Ayala for selected my work to be included in this show celebrating Woman's History month.

I pieced together a few pictures of the gallery. 
Foreground: Sara Rabinowitz (triage cots) 
Left to Right:Linda Ayala (crocheted piece)my work, Georgianne Wanous (weavings) other works you can't quite see by Christy Gray (quilts), Stephanie Lipscomb (mixed media quilts) and Jennifer Whitten (beaded assemblages).
My pieces

Sara Rabinowitz (triage cots) foreground, Rebecca Cross, Shibori Shape resist pieces on the back wall. Smaller works by Emily Felderman and Jennifer Whitten.
In the lower gallery work by Christy Gray, Jennifer Whitten and Emily Felderman.

Linda Ayala, Crocheted piece approximately 8' diameter
Christine Mauersberger, Redland IIwork on paper, 11" x 17". (left) 
Redland IIembroidery, linen, mounted on industrial wool felt, 20" x 20".(right)

Christine Mauersberger, Crossroads, work on paper, 8" x 11". (top) 
Crossroads Map I, embroidery, linen, mounted on industrial wool felt, 9" x 9". (bottom)
Christine Mauersberger, Redlandwork on paper, 11" x 17". (left) 
Redland Map I,  embroidery, linen, mounted on industrial wool felt, 20" x 20". (right)
Christine Mauersberger, Redland Map II
hand-dyed cotton, embroidery, linen, mounted on industrial wool felt, 20" x 20"

Christine Mauersberger,  Crossroads Map II,  embroidery, linen, mounted on industrial synthetic felt, 6" x 6"
I made jewelry with materials from my drawings.

And packaged them. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pretty Paper Things

Upon A Fold
Sydney, Australia

paper wish boats

Husband and wife Justine and Matt teamed up to share their love of all things paper.  See their  shop here.

Justine writes, "I've been collecting and making things with paper for as long as I can remember. When I’m not working as a graphic designer, I’m still busy cutting, folding and finding inspiration from other paper shapers, artists and engineers."

Here's a peak at what you can see on their blog here
This paper 'Air Vase' is by Torafu Architects in Japan. It comes completely flat
All images © Upon a Fold

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What mark do you make that has life-long resonance?

A few small masks I made 19 years ago.

Mask, 4" x 2" x 1/2"deep, 1991
© Christine Mauersberger

Mask, 4" x 2" x 1/2"deep, 1991
© Christine Mauersberger
 Three Masks, approximately 6" diameter x 1" deep, 1991
This photo is from a newspaper clipping at the Cleveland Plain Dealer 1991.
Private Collection K. Taber
© Christine Mauersberger
Last week I was asked about masks that I used to make. These masks came out of my printmaking explorations. 

Flattered and a bit wistful, I pulled out the remaining few I have.

I hope to re-engage in the mask making process. 

Mark making continues to hold tremendous appeal for me. 
As much as weaving did when I was 19 in 1989 see here.

I'm interested in hearing from you:
I posit that what you were interested in as a child or young adult is what still holds your interest and is possibly what feeds you as an adult.

What thread of continuity do you find in your art? 

Do you look back at what you were doing as a younger person and  find that it resonates for you today?

What mark do you make?

Please share this post with other people. I'd like to write an article about my results.

If you're a young person, what do you expect you'll be making in the future that has ties to what you're doing today?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Honored and Transformed: Painted Quilts

Denise Mucci Furnish
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Surface Series Installation at The Cressman Center, University of Louisville, March 2009
Yes/No, 91 x 40″ Yoyo quilt, archival digital ink on cotton, canvas, acrylic
Two worn and discarded Nine Patch quilts, cut and reassembled, acrylic, canvas,77″ x 136″
All images Copyright © 2009 Denise Mucci Furnish

Ms. Mucci Furnish transforms quilts as found artifacts and transforms them into paintings. She honors the unknown women who made the quilts and whose stories are now long lost by  giving them a refreshing rebirth.
Please visit her beautiful site here