Monday, May 20, 2019

Two Weeks in Wisconsin and finally back to South Carolina

 (Above:  In Box CCCXXXIII. Framed: 25" x 20". Layers of polyester stretch velvet on recycled synthetic packaging felt with hand embroidery and melting techniques.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

I haven't blogged since leaving my two-month art residency with the Osage Arts Community in Belle, Missouri ... but I have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!  Why? Well, I didn't drive directly back to South Carolina.  Instead, I went to Wisconsin to conduct two workshops.  The first was a three-day experience at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg.  The second was a five-day experience at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Downsville.

 (Above:  In Box CCCXXXIV. Framed:  25" x 20". $375.)

Both workshops were wonderful. It is always such a pleasure to watch my techniques in the hands of participants who are employing their own sense of design and color.  The results are amazingly diverse.  I've included several images from these great days below.

  (Above:  In Box CCCXXXIV, detail.  Framed:  25" x 20". $375.)

On my last day, Steve flew into the Minneapolis airport to help pack up the materials and supplies ... and to drive me home so that I could stitch along the way.  We had plenty to talk about!  After all, I'd been gone two-and-a-half months.  There was plenty of custom picture framing awaiting my return but it was even more than Steve knew.  I'd created several pieces of my own that also had get framed including In Box CCCXXXIII and In Box CCCXXXIV.  These two pieces were stitched entirely by hand.  One is already sold!

(Above in the back from left to right:  Relic CCXIII, Mini Window, Relic CCXI, and Relic CCXII. Each $100 plus tax and shipping. In front:  In Box Relic CCX, just $60 plus tax and shipping.  There are detail images further below! Just scroll down!)

Every time I conduct a workshop, I finish my demonstration pieces.  It's important that I "work like an artist" ... not just "make another sample".  Why?  Well, I'm encouraging people to MAKE ART, not add to their pile of UFOs (UnFinished Objects).  Everyone goes home with at least two completed project.  In the five-day workshop, everyone goes home with at least one already in a provided frame!  Mine, however, get framed back in Columbia.  I came home with five pieces ... details below.

(Above:  Composite photo of the HOT WORKSHOP at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.)

This was a great group of new friends. Few knew one another before the workshop. Several had never been to the museum! I knew one of the participants from an earlier workshop.  She took me to a Wisconsin Friday fish fry and to the Milwaukee Museum for "First Thursday".  Together we went to a pop concert by the Milwaukee Symphony featuring Denzel Sinclaire and Dee Daniels singing unforgettable tunes by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.  It was a wonderful time. 
(Above:  Workshop participants at the Woodland Ridge Retreat with some of their pieces.)

Woodland Ridge Retreat has guest rooms and 24/7 access to the studio.  Everyone shared a gourmet lunch made on site. Most went together for evening meals. Lots and lots of work was finished ... much more than in the photo above!

(Above: Relic CCXI.  Framed: 14 1/4" x 13 1/4". $100.)

So here are some of the workshop pieces I finished.  Further below are more photos from Woodland Ridge, especially work made by participants who hung pieces on the provided design walls.

(Above: Relic CCXII.  Framed: 13 1/4" x 12 1/4". $100.)

(Above: Relic CCXIII. Framed:  13 1/4" x 12 1/4". $100.)

(Above: In Box Relic CCX. Framed: 11" x 9".  $60.)

(Above:  Mini Window.  Framed:  13" x 11". $100.)

(Above:  Studio space at Woodland Ridge Retreat.)

Below are photos of some of the work that didn't get put into a provide frame and were still hanging on the design wall on the last day.  Earlier, I was too busy to remember photos!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Altered Cigar Boxes

(Above:  Forty-six finished, altered cigar boxes.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

They are finished!  All forty-six cigar boxes have been covered in decorative paper and paint, collaged with vintage and antique ephemera, waxed, and tagged.  I use ordinary, clear wax on all the surfaces.  This eliminates any sticking that can happen when two surfaces coated in matte medium are put together.  Heat and pressure cause acrylics to adhere.  Wax prevents it.

(Above:  Machine zigzagged cord and watercolor paper tags.)

Finally, I decided to add a permanent tag to every box.  I used watercolor paper tags and my thinnest cording.  The cording was made previously.  It is simply two strands of neglected yarn, zigzagged densely into a cord.

(Above:  Detail of a tag.)

Each tag was slipped through two holes drilled in the back of each box.  Thus, every box has both a number in the series and an inventory number in my permanent records.  The tags also have my name and date.  Finally, I photographed each box from the outside and inside.  Of course, these images don't include the sides and bottom.  All six interior and all six exterior surfaces are decoratively covered.

(Above:  Box One. Inventory # 4465. 4" x 8" x 5".)

I made these boxes in order to finally use the stash of vintage and antique prints I'd collected over several years.  I know that my intention was to finally USE these materials instead of continuing to store them, turn POTENTIAL into ART.  It was a goal and I accomplished it.  I'm very pleased.  They are all very, very pretty, but the truth of the matter is that I have no future plan to exhibit them. My plan was only the MAKE and FINISH them. Now, my only wish is that every one of them might find a home.  Thus, I'm offering them for sale at $125 including tax and shipping within the USA or $100 plus tax if purchased at Mouse House in Columbia (after I get home on May 14th) or from me in person.  So here they are!  Scroll down!  Enjoy!  I accept all forms of payment and can being shipping on May 14th. 

(Above: Box Two. Inventory # 4466. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Three. Inventory # 4467. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Four. Inventory # 4468. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Five. Inventory # 4469. 4" x 8" x 5".)  SOLD!
(Above: Box Six. Inventory # 4470. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Seven. Inventory # 4471. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Eight. Inventory # 4472. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Nine. Inventory # 4473. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Ten. Inventory # 4474. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Eleven. Inventory # 4475. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twelve. Inventory # 4476. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Thirteen. Inventory # 4477. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Fourteen. Inventory # 4478. 4" x 8" x 5".)

(Above: Box Fifteen. Inventory # 4479. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Sixteen. Inventory # 4480. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Seventeen. Inventory # 4481. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Eighteen. Inventory # 4482. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Nineteen. Inventory # 4483. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty. Inventory # 4484. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-One. Inventory # 4485. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Three. Inventory # 4487. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Four. Inventory # 4488. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Five. Inventory # 4489. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Six. Inventory # 4490. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Seven. Inventory # 4491. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Eight. Inventory # 4492. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty. Inventory # 4494. 2 1/2" x 8 3/4" x 7 1/2".)
(Above: Box Thirty-One. Inventory # 4495. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Two. Inventory # 4496. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Three. Inventory # 4497. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Four. Inventory # 4498. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Five. Inventory # 4499. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Six. Inventory # 4500. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Seven. Inventory # 4501. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Eight. Inventory # 4502. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Thirty-Nine. Inventory # 4503. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty. Inventory # 4504. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty-One. Inventory # 4505. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty-Two. Inventory # 4506. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty-Three. Inventory # 4507. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty-Four. Inventory # 4508. 2 x 8 3/4" x 6 3/4".)
(Above: Box Forty-Five. Inventory # 4509. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Forty-Six. Inventory # 4510. 2 1/2" x 8" x 8".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Two. Inventory # 4486. 4" x 8" x 5".)
(Above: Box Twenty-Nine. Inventory # 4593. 4" x 8" x 5".)