Monday, January 31, 2011

Reconstructing Mariposa Grove 3

My process of art is ever evolving. Taking this piece, Mariposa Grove 3, from where it was to where I want it to be was the focus of my weekend.  The untangling and repositioning will probably take another day or so, but here is the first section ready to hang.  The other part will be the same size as this one and is being finished.  It is now manageable to ship and show.

Before the changes, it would take me to set it up each time, this new configuration takes care of the problems.  (For the first configuration see my post of May 18, 2010 for the second see my post of May 19, 2010)   What I did was place the piece on one of my 4ft  x 8 ft tables with the back side up.  Once the section was straightened and untangled, I used jute twine to attach all the single columns.  It created a stability in the piece.  Here are some pics, my studio ceiling is not tall enough to hang the piece without the bottom touching the floor.  Next week I will hang the piece outside for proper pictures.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

ARTFEST 2011 Workshops

One of the exciting workshops I will be teaching at ARTFEST 2011 in April this year is on the 8th entitled “Layered 3-D Collage”.  This interesting workshop is based on building textures and dimension.  Techniques from this workshop are just the start of an infinite amount of ways to build interest in your art.  The workshop incorporates little challenges where I will supply students with items to stimulate a unique 3-D element.  We will also make a 3-D artist card including what is designed in the workshop.  Imagination and risk will play a role in this unique workshop. 
I encourage you to bring any found or dimensional object to this workshop to incorporate in a design.

There are plenty of designs on my texture blog and all over the web that include my 3-D and textural work. Here a few little pics to add to those:)

Passing on what I have learned with digital printing is something near and dear to my heart.  At ARTFEST 2011, I will be teaching “Printing Alternative Surfaces”  in which we will discover how to digitally print on surfaces other then the norm of photo paper.  The surfaces chosen for this workshop give a wide range of what can be printed and will add texture to the prints.  Any question you have ever had about digital printing on fabrics and specialty surfaces will be covered and my aim is for everyone in the workshop to go home feeling confident about printing on their own. 
There are only 3 spaces left in “Printing Alternative Surfaces” on April 7, at ARTFEST, so if you are interested make sure you sign up soon.  Here are a few Southwest style images to be printed on the various surfaces we will use in the workshop.

youtube videos on these workshops:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Interview on Creative Mojo

This Wednesday, January 19, 2011 I will be interviewed on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.  The show
airs 3PM - 5PM EST and you can catch on toginet radio.  Follow the link for toginet radio and it will give you other options for listening if you miss it.  The show will go to pod cast later.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

In My Studio This Week

This first week of 2011 was inspirational and interesting in my studio.  Most of the week was spent finishing proposals for upcoming workshops.  In the process of doing so, I was working with a new idea about creating dimensional and 3d collage with wire mesh.  Instead of digitally printing the mesh, I used some digital prints on wood veneer, and copper mesh.  These items are combined with wire, beads, hardware cloth, waxed linen and colored plastic covered wire. 

The wonderful outcome of working with the mesh came from seeing the materials in layers.  The see thru property of the mesh combined with the delicacy of the other pieces is incredible and something I will be working on in larger pieces for my series of giant sized books.  Go to my textural blog to see some of the detail pics of the beginning of this process.

The rest of what I pursued this week will turn into a series of online video workshops for my Kathyanne Art website.  These workshops will be about combining surfaces for collage and journal projects or artwork. We will work with getting the surfaces ready and explore ideas for using the surfaces.