We wanted to experiment with our new small jeweler's kiln so the 3 of us each whipped up a pendant (or 3: Jamie) to fire using PMC (Precious Metal Clay). Here they are bone dry. I'll show you what they look like after firing.
And then Jamie and I did some wet felting. Angharad's the expert in that department.Jamie'smine (looks like spinach)
Another star student that I have blogged about before is my friend Evi. (see her blog).
She recently told me about some knitwork that I must check out. Sandra Backlund is the artist's name. I had the devil of a time trying to remember this woman's name. It's like one of those phone numbers that is impossible to remember- (even though no one memorizes phone numbers anymore)- because there's no pattern to the numbers- and no matter how many times you dial it, you cannot retain them. She had to train me phonetically. It became sort of a joke. I'm usually pretty good with names, too...
Anyway, I looked up her site and the work is just stunning! Hand-made. Not much is planned- she lets her needles go where they take her.
I agree that her work is more sculpture than fashion. Thanks for the tip!
We just got a cricut machine. It is technical, but fortunately it comes with a (rather amusing) instructional video. We've been having fun playing around with it's extensive capacity.
It is a computerized diecut machine. Each template is plugged in to procure different shapes and lettering. Here are a few template examples that we have:We also have a Cuttlebug, which is a manual diecut machine: Great for Scrapbooking, or Art Journaling, or Paper Crafts, etc!
Diem Chau is an artist who is doing some interesting things with embroidery.
How did she do it? At first I was perplexed:
The perspective was odd... ...but could possibly hold true if the artist's approach was calculated: This one is my favorite:Then I saw this photo of a similar piece where you can see a dip in the middle: She embroiders on a screen, pulls it tight across the tops of the porcelain dishware, and then adheres it to the rim: Phew! At one point I wondered if she were gluing down each individual thread. What a great idea!
And I threw in these carvings of hers just because they're so cool- Crayola crayons!
I made these beads out of paper, etc. What glossies them is sprinkling embossing powder over them and then melting it. Repeat this process adding several layers and mix-media materials. "The possibilities are endless!"
Ever have one of those projects that really only needs a few last things done to it. So minute. But yet you don't get to it for ages? Probably because it's part of a pile that's grown - and it's the same thing with all of them - the very last 2 or 3 steps.
Well, I finally finished my first tote bag that I started a while back. I already blogged about my 2nd one...so it was started even before that one.
And by the way - I love strawberries! My mother said that she ate strawberries by the barrel-full when she was pregnant with me...so...maybe that's why....Does that mean I'm sweet?
Out of the 3 workshops I took, somehow I wound up with 2 that were more art than craft. It seemed to take away from the whole Artfest vibe. So many amazing techniques are being shared by innovators in their field- it was a shame not to tap that resource a little more. You get 3 choices for 3 days worth of workshops and either get your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd pick. Basically, you choose 9 classes and wind up with 3.
'Waxy Layers' with Judy Wise was one of the classes I chose and didn't get.
I want to share with you the PMC Bird Pendant workshop I took with Catherine Witherell. It was a great class- Catherine's a lovely teacher- and I was amazed at how easy, yet complicated the whole process was. It works like clay, then you put it in the kiln and it clinks like metal. Because it is metal. The clay burns off during the firing process as it is merely an organic binder. Fascinating!
Here are some examples of Catherine's work:
Here's the pendant that I made: (someone told me that it looks like a Pacific Northwest Thunderbird)
The UCC is communal creative space, a gathering spot for crafty types of all sorts, with the tools and the space to facilitate your creative process. Our space is bright and lofty, with lots of tables and seating, and with different working areas to choose from. Lockers are also available for storing your projects and personal materials. Come in and check out the arty vibe. Take a moment to get inspired, either from the extensive craft book library, or from what's being created by your fellow artists.