cats, jackalopes and mouse

catjak

I placed another printing order for cats and jackalopes and dropped by Mouse to pick them up yesterday. The invite to make a set of coasters, has become a pleasant learning experience. One of which has been to fill orders. When I began pricing process and materials it got a little complicated. I was considering internet printing to save costs. But I wanted to see and feel what I was considering. I wanted to ask questions, have answers. I wanted consistent quality.

I am working with Mousegraphics in Tempe. Peggy has been great. All the women there have been helpful. One unexpected value is how they respond to the crafted objects …  such great insight for me.

Gloria who works there, ordered a set of the body prints for her son. He’ll be off to medical school very soon. I brought along a few she could choose from. The activity and comments that came forward were great for me to witness. People gathered and held them up to the light, placed them on the counter, discussed the details of the designs as they could make them out. And Gloria settled, with some help from her friends, on the 6 she would take. ↓

IMG_3500I suggested to her to have her son look at my website so he could see the art work these particular coasters are from. The coasters are small and translucent details and the original artwork is large, opaque and more … mmm …. seriously solid.  Here is the link Gloria → Nothing In Stasis.

Best wishes to your son. And thanks all of you, for your service. Pretty sure I’ll be back for more.

I guess I should note: practical but printed objects * hand-made , hand-washed.

You can also find them @ MADE art boutique.

phoenix college ART department holiday sale

It’s the season…
If you’ve never been to the Phoenix College Holiday Art Sale – it’s time you go. Next week students and faculty will participate in the annual event. You’ll find art that ranges from the traditional to the unusual,  all of it hand-crafted.

The sale includes ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, glass, paintings, prints, photographs,  and more – the fine and the creative. Phoenix College is located on Thomas and 15th Ave. You will find the art department on the North end of the campus, next to easy parking. The Erich Ficshl gallery is on the second floor of the art building.

WHAT:          Annual  HOLIDAY ART SALE
WHO:            Phoenix College
WHERE:       The Erich Fischl Fine Arts Gallery ART231
WHEN:         December 5th and 6th

Wednesday and Thursday
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

The sale is open to the public. All sales are cash only. A percentage of the profits go to support Fine Arts programs at the college.

Tim Hernandez – Ceramic Platter (and wall piece)

Click → Map.  Contact the Phoenix College Art Department for more info.

I’ll have my coasters in the sale as well.

in the details

All through art school one participates in arts and crafts sales, as buyer or seller, or both. I have great, one of a kind earrings, that I bought at Cheap Jewelry sales in undergrad and grad school. I teach at a college and I still have access to hand-made work made by students. And thanks to places like MADE, I also have access to a broader range of handmade – functional objects by area craftsmen and artisans. There’s process to making functional art that includes cool materials, packaging, pricing, and always thinking about the buyer’s experience.

I did say already that I’ve enjoyed making these coasters. Initially I declined, and then within a few days I changed my mind. The idea for the designs came from detail shots I shared in Facebook, this blog, and YouTube video’s of my process. I liked the small compositions, and so did others. Well … why not?

Surprisingly I think about two different people, while I go about putting my coasters together for MADE art boutique.

I think about my mom who prefers the hand-made to the mass-produced. Not only does she enjoy gifting unique objects, she also enjoys the presentation (oh and you should see her holiday table spreads). She appreciates details and interesting wrappings. I think about this when I come up with a way to tie the coasters together. I also want you to see and feel what you are getting.

I remember my under-grad professor Rachelle Thiewes and our Metals class. I recall how she handled materials as she instructed. She’d run her hand across a surface with sensitivity and care. I think … small-scale … sculpture.

I chose thick Plexiglass for my coasters. You feel the tooth of the printed surface bottom, while the top is smooth. Everything is matte-finish but the translucent  coasters have glass-water-light play when you see them as isolated shapes. And the transparent bumpers, not only are they good quality, with strong adhesiveness, but they continue a clean look. The slight lift off the table, allows light to move in the space. I especially like that the footing is circular and seen from above.

I designed 2 sets. One is opaque and are homages – to a jackalope (yes that would be Jackalope Ranch) and the other a cat (yes, Issa). Both are designs from this last year.

The other set is transparent. They are detail shots of a few of my current works. The  drawings and paintings will never have the translucency that these small 4″ x 4″‘s have. They really take on X-ray quality. And they allow whatever surface they sit on to come through the design. In this case below – my wooden, and warm red table top. Note the circular bumper rings, they reference water and serve a purpose.

The set of 6 includes various combinations of these designs. I photographed these samples below on a white surface.

An enjoyable break for participating in something a little different. I’ve made a dozen sets and I’ll sell some directly, and place others in a couple of places for the holidays. I just dropped a set of each @ MADE art boutique, click  ← for more.

folk arts/yoga…and other news of the day

Sheila's Flower

Friends came by the studio to make flowers this morning.

I was going to write something thought-provoking about arts and crafts.  I planned to put together information about the folk arts.  But it’s been a sad day, despite the fun we had.  AZ Representative  Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson early today. While finishing up our project we got the news.  The tone of the afternoon took a turn.

AZ politics, gun control, the nations political climate, and Ms.Giffords…took over our conversation. It’s not fun being an Arizonan these days. Among the bad news, we continue our connection, finish our plans and clean up. I’m still going to pull the post together, but I’m not going to get too serious about art vs. craft. We had a morning of interaction, creativity, and fun. And the result is a symbol of that.  Still, an historical event is respected and not ignored.

So….

The folks in this case… fellow yogi’s, Dave, Dominique, Sheila and Susan… arrive to the studio to make flowers. Yes, that’s right… yoga and flower making reigned today. My husband hung out with us too.

We’d been talking about doing this for months. Dominique was eager to get going. But holidays and life pushed out the plan.  She was patient. We agreed to organize soon after the new year.

Today’s the day. After morning yoga class…My studio to craft flowers.

I’d sent a list of supplies out earlier in the week.

  • Metal Craft Rod
  • Heavy, yet bendable wire
  • Epoxy
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissor
  • Tape
  • Nail, Hammer, Block of Wood (or old phone book in my case)
    oh….and bright, colorful, aluminum cans.

I thought the biggest challenge was going to be collecting enough aluminum cans for six people to make two flowers each. Leave it to Dominique to take charge of the cans. Last we connected, she had some 49 cans. More than plenty. She’d cut the edges off, and nicely set the flattened sheets into a shoe box. Organized our choices.  Thanks Dominique. You so cut our work down, the group will never know. But I know, and my hands, especially tonight, appreciate it.

stacked sheets of aluminum cans

We set up and get going.

We're off to a pretty organized start.

Dominique and Dave...breaking the rules...I mean cutting patterns.

I run instructions by everyone.  Each person has a mind of their own. Not surprised. Though I’ll just say, cause I’ve said it before…a very left brained group of people…once again, in my studio. They listen, mull over details and come up with a more efficient way to proceed. They figure out a new way to cut  petals. Lace them.  Bend them. And glue them. Now… I’m not complaining. I’m simply making note. Creative and smart, two valuable qualities as far as I’m concerned.

Sheila, Susan, and Dominique discussing options....

Eddie and Dave

Focused Susan. Sheila in the background.

A few people…I won’t name names, work in a sort of assembly line fashion. ↑ ↓ While finishing my one, they complete two. I’m impressed.

First flower of the morning…Dominique’s green delight, with blue, yellow and white highlights.

Flowers, for everyone.  What do they represent?  Basically…a Saturday afternoon spent with spouses, friends, music and coffee, tea, cake and tasty breads. Oh…and one cat that wanted in and out the studio door.

As of the latest news, the congresswoman survived, there are 6 dead, including a federal judge and five others (a 9-year-old among them).

I’m home with my husband, wondering…what to be aware of.  Maybe all of it. That’s the yoga.


We learned eventually the congresswoman was shot in the head.

Update: 8/1/2011 – Rep Gabrielle Giffords returns to Washington to vote ‘yes’ on increasing the debt ceiling. She sends out a tweet…The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.

And the flower making group…I hear everyone kept a flower and gave away a flower.  One person made a whole bunch of them, to keep a few and give a few.

Life continues, the big things and the little things.