space.

I’ve reconfigured our tiny condo numerous times but this time feels just right.

In about 3 weeks Don and I will find out our next assignment. I am incredibly ready and excited for a new town and living space, but for now I’m trying my best to make the space we have work. We don’t have room for a studio so we’ve re-figured the living room to allow for a makeshift art space.

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It’s cramped, and I could certainly do without the carpet – but working out this new layout has given me a list of must haves for our next home & a slew of inspiration.

 

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block printing.

Outside of screen printing class I’ve been experimenting with creating my own block prints.

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I recently purchased a copy of Christine Schmidt’s Print Workshop which inspired me to make a few block prints of my own.

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The first step was carving my own personal stamp – which ultimately resulted in scabbed knuckles…but it was worth it. I chose a feather pattern which I’m hoping to use as a logo for my soon to be etsy shop – where I’ll feature handmade textiles, prints, film photography and handmade ceramics…more on that later.

For now, here’s a preview of my potential store logo featured on card stock and product tabs.

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Stay tuned for updates on when the etsy shop (guess my shop name and you get the first purchase free) goes live!

screenprinting phase I

Last week I started my first session of screen printing classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Our first assignment was to collect a set of 10 images from 3 different sources. The end result being a collage. I’m not really a fan of collages. I like the simplicity of clean lines and structured images. To me collages just seem messy and remind me of some of the journals I used to keep in high school. In order to avoid the “collage effect” I chose to scan in the silhouette of a few plants, a few black and white photographs, as well as a couple of patterns I found on the internet. I pre-scanned them all as line art before going to Kinko’s and copying them onto transparency paper. Here are a few of the scans that I’m looking forward to making prints with.

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Tonight’s class I’ll be starting the actual process of transferring the images from the transparency film to paper – updates on the process soon to come!

creativity is a process.

IMG_1348 IMG_1349 IMG_1354 Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting my new creative space organized. In the past I was so concerned with completing one idea that I lost momentum by getting stuck in perfecting one single project.

I’ve recently changed strategies by immediately creating what is on my mind and surrounding myself with sometimes imperfect, mostly incomplete, ideas. Lately that has meant lots of textiles and patterns. I’ve dug out the sewing machine and started working on creating unique, pillow covers and fabric designs on canvas.

I’m also looking forward to taking a few summer classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art including the Shibori & Indigo Dyeing, as well as Screen Printing. Also I’m anticipating my second round of Skillshare classes which begin next week, particularly Illustrator Brad Woodward‘s Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator and Designer John Contino‘s Illustration and Lettering.

I know that to truly be content I need to be constantly producing and focusing my creative energy. These classes are going to be a great starting point for committing to creativity.

From Alabama to Hawaii, Sapling Sculptures.

September 09 007About 4ish years ago Don was working in Montgomery Alabama for an extended amount of time. When I left home to go visit him, we went on an excursion to the Montgomery Museum of Art, which just so happened to be featuring Patrick Dougherty’s “Sapling Sculptures”.

Back in 2009, when we’d first witnessed the exhibition, I’d taken it in as a beautiful natural work of art – yet didn’t research it any further.

Come to find out that nearly 3 years later I’d come across another set of Sapling Sculptures at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The sculptures aren’t permanent, and their final days of exhibit in Honolulu were March 3rd, but luckily Don & I were able to snap a few quick photo’s to add to our album of travels before they were cut down.

011026 021 And to add to the “it’s a small world” perspective – in doing a little bit of research for this post, I found out Dougherty recently sculpted an exhibit in my hometown of Sarasota, Florida at the Sararsota Museum of Art.

The Face of Cambodia

Yesterday evening some friends and I headed out for dinner intending to go to Le Cafe Mith Samlanh, which turned out to be closed.

As we wandered around in search of a new dinner spot, we stumbled across the Cambodian Mask Project exhibition, held at the beautiful Plantation Hotel.

The Cambodian Mask Project is an annual event where artists are given a larger than life cast of the Cambodian profile onto which they express their personal interpretation of Cambodian society.

The project’s website states that the end product “will be a contemporary exploration of the concepts of identity, role, history, past, present, and future in Cambodian society.”

The gallery displayed a beautiful array of colorful masks, all embodying the spirit of Cambodia through the eyes of both native Cambodians as well as several international artists.

Each mask was accompanied by an artist’s statement. Tight Gold, by David “Jam” Ramjattan (Canada) featured an under-layer of gold splattered with black and had a simple yet profound statement; “Tight gold is a reflection of the diluted foreign influence and its impact on Cambodia.”

One of my favorites titled, Reconstruction by Arnaldo Hurtado (USA), consisted of small rattan pieces that made up a partially completed silhouette. After having seen first had the tragic state of affairs dealing with land rights in Cambodia, this mask seemed to take on more than what is explained in the artists statement, as surely represents a relevant and crucial issue affecting Cambodian society today.

“Re-construction is based on my study of the current state of Cambodia. After living in a Cambodian community and in the house of a Cambodian family for nine months, I have learned that the culture of Cambodia is currently undergoing a re-construction. It was not too long ago that Cambodia lost so much of its identity: artists, painters, musicians, intellectuals, and families. The mask mosaic made of rattan pieces is meant to show the intricate and still in-progress re-construction of a rich and beautiful culture. Of course, culture is ever changing so one cannot say it is ever complete.”

treasure hunting.

Last weekend Don & I visited the Honolulu Academy of Arts for their annual clearance sale, which included a tent sale of items from their lending library.

We arrived early in anticipation of a crowd (which turned out to be a smart move) and I got my hands on a J.M.W. Turner framed print, amongst a few other prints that caught my eye.

Recently I’ve been working on a few projects which remain photo-less until I feel confident enough in their progress to share them. For now here’s a look at the mess I make in the process.