Friday, November 28, 2008

Quote of the Week

"All actual life is encounter."
~Martin Buber

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks...

- Friends
- Family
- My dog
- Friends who let me pet their dogs
- Printmaking
- My computer lab privileges
- The new computer in the MFA office
- My more reliable car
- Gmail and Google Reader
- Graphite (powder and ink)
- Books by Anne Lamott
- Zuda and the Zuda community (even though they're not reading this)
- Small birds that hop
- All the amazing opportunities I've had
- Pandora Radio

And for you my dear readers, for making me feel like there are people out there who are at least mildly interested in the work I make and the things I have to say. And thanks especially to those of you who comment, so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself quite so much.

And last but not least, the Internet for allowing me to execute that crazy amount of linkage.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Process Shot of the Week

It's a bit messy, but I'm all about the graphite lately. Nevermind the minor disators that occured to my studio space floor. As always, more on flickr.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Love Love

Don't you love it when two of your favorite things come together in an unexpected way? Like this week's podcast of This American Life, featuring an act by Anne Lamott. I seriously just read this essay of hers a few days ago. If you haven't noticed, my past couple quotes have been hers.

And later this week is the This American Life Annual Poultry Slam! Can't wait!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Feild Trip to the Walters

So yesterday I went to Bedazzled: 5000 Years of Jewelry at the Walter's Art Museum in Baltimore with Taylor, Amy and Dillon*. I also went to panel discussion between Betty Cooke, Joyce Scott, Helen Drutt and Shaina Kroix. It was really great, and afterward all four of us bought the $90 giant orange fuzzy book, catologing Helen Drutt's collection of art jewelry, and we each got it signed by Helen Drutt and Joyce Scott. That was kinda a big deal for me, because Joyce Scott is in a book called The New Beadwork. By some strange twist of fate, the little public library in my hometown has a copy, which I checked out, devoured and was a big catalyst for me making jewelry at all. If you would have told me a decade ago, that I would meet Joyce Scott and have her sign the page in Helen Drutt's book that has the same image of the same piece of work I first saw at 14 in The New Beadwork, I would have thought you were nuts.

Bedazzled was also great. Looking at all that history always blows my mind. Probably because I couldn't make that stuff if I tried, even with all my modern tools. When you think about what they were making with just a fire and a hammer, it's truly mind

My favorite, was of course, the Lalique.

*Sorry Dillion, but I would have linked you, but I couldn't find your blog address. Meow.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Quote of the Week

"Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance. And there is only the dance."
~T.S. Elliot

Monday, November 17, 2008

Process Shot of the Week

Wow, these are some truly awful pictures. But I don't care, I effing love these prints. This was Friday night, I've since trimmed them into bleed prints.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quote of the Week

"If I were God, I'd have the answers at the end of the workbook, so you could check as you went along to see if you were on the right track. But nooooooo."
~Anne Lamott

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sketchbook Project

So I just signed up for the Sketchbook Project, Volume 3, over at Art House. Art House aims to build art projects and communities. For this project, they send you a small sketchbook, which you fill and send back to them. They then take the sketchbooks on a 6 city gallery/museum tour. The theme is "Everyone We Know".
It costs $18 to participate, which isn't too bad. And if you send a self addressed stamped envelope, they'll send you back your sketchbook.
Check out some of their other projects here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Of Interest. . .

I find these necklaces of Lucy Sarneel's interesting. I like the collection of various elements. In this arrangement, could each of these elements represent a layer of strata? Could they indicate a moment in time, or a length of time? Could they represent an event, or what was happening during a length of time (thinking events in geologic time, how the time periods are determined).

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's about...

- geologic time
- geologic history
- personal history
- man's relationship to the earth
- how we got here/ all that came before us

Jewelry records our personal history. Jewelry objects become index fossils of our own personal time scale.

Printmaking (intaglio in particular) is making an imprint; a man made fossil. Lithography is using stone to make an image (a fossil bearing stone, I might add). That image is etched into the stone and then later eroded away, becoming part of that stone's missing history. In strata it would show up as an unconformity. In print we have the image, but can we date it to the stone?

It's about an appreciation for something so unspectacular as the earth beneath our feet. It's easy to love trees and flowers and birds and mammals. It's harder to love a hard, unfeeling mass of elements in precise structures, the story of their history out in the open for anyone who cares to take the time to read it. But where would all our pretty flowers and mammals be without the foundations of the earth itself?

There's a billion years of history lying at your feet.

But so what?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Like. . .

This brooch by Cathy Chotard. It reminds me of when mud dries out and cracks, even though the geometry is wrong. Makes me wonder if a piece can convey a scientific idea without being totally scientifically accurate.

Pursuit of Perfection

So I spent my Saturday evening in the pursuit of the perfect shades of garnet for paper for chine colle, with the help of my friend and master printer, Mike. I believe this technique is called a rainbow roll, and it was seriously one of the coolest things I've seen. I know these look awfully pink (which was the problem with my first edition of these particular prints) but they're more red than they let on.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Quote of the Week

"Well, maybe your mind is lovely and pastoral and you do not suffer from paranoia, hypochondria, a bad attitude, and delusions of victimized grandeur. That is very nice, but we don't want you in our cave after the bombs fall, because you are going to annoy us to death."
~Anne Lamott

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Talk about Your Big Jewelry. . .

. . .and your extreme body modification.
found via flickr

Spiny Mice in a Tree

I found this on flickr. The caption says "This is a Cairo Spiny Mouse. Left to its own desires it congregates in stupid huge numbers together in a tree."

Found this ring by Alidra Alic through Panie Przodem the other day. It kinda reminds me of my rock forms, but more so of some rock forms that went awry, and became exploded egg forms. That was my first semester in grad school, and I never really did anything with them, so now they live in the big box 'o crap I made my first semester here. This is clearly much nicer.

Monday, November 3, 2008

China Paints!

So I spent the morning playing with my china paints I got on Friday. I'm super excited about them, even though these are just color tests, and I have minimal ideas of what I'm going to do with these. Oh, and I'm not really a painter. So clearly this was a good idea.

I ordered predominately browns and grays to start with. Typical rock colors. Maybe someday I'll move on to different subject matter where I can use blues and greens and colors other than gray and brown.

I have been thinking about minerals that come in more interesting colors (come on, who wants to enamel in brown all the time?) I'm rapidly becoming obsessed with garnet reds and olivine greens. I'm thinking about doing some forms in aquamarine blue and amethyst purple, and maybe something really crazy and orange/yellow like realgar, or orpiment. You know, something full of arsenic.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Quote of the Week.

"But then I turned back to the skies and forgot about you once more."
~John Hodgman