Artwork

Last night my sweetie and I went on a date to Simply Jane, a place kind of like Color Me Mine or Our Name is Mud. They have blank stuff and paints and materials, and you can buy a blank thing and paint onto it. I chose to paint bugs onto this kleenex box cover. I don’t know that I’d call it art, but it was sure fun. Plus, I haven’t used acrylic paints in a while, and found using them to be a fun change from the two-color process of creating a papercut, or even the wet bleeding process of using watercolors.

December 30th, 2010

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Just finished creating this papercut this past weekend. A friend of mine wanted to commission a piece for her spouse for the ocassion of Christmas, the pending completion of their house-renovation project, and just love in general. They are both avid bicyclists and love a good story.

This quote from H.G. Wells was part of the request: “Every time I see an adult riding a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” It includes 12 es, 7 rs and is, 6 as, 5 ts, and ns, 4 us and os, 3 ds, hs, fs, ls and cs, 2 ys, gs, ms, and ss, and 1 v, p and b. In case you were wondering.

The bicycle itself comes directly from Talia Lempert’s painting of Goldie.

See the full piece here »

December 28th, 2010

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This hen is getting quite heavy. Quite top heavy. I spent some time trying to add a small dense weight to her breast so she’d balance, but there were two problems with this plan. One, I didn’t embark on this plan until I’d already gotten her almost completely sealed up with new lower front and lower back pieces. Two, she’s so top heavy that even if I do get her to balance, it will be very tenous. The new plan, then, is to weld on two spikes to the bottom of her feet, once she’s all done. Then I can jam her into the ground and she’ll stand up.

So now she’s got all her parts and a head (she got very hot-headed at one point, which is why I put it in a bucket of water). The head isn’t done – you can’t tell from these pictures, but she does have a suggested beak, comb, and waddle, but needs a longer beak and a second waddle. Also, I want to braze her beak so it’s got a different color from the rest of her. And she may get some treatment. Stay tuned because the hen is due for some more artistic attention in the first week of January.

December 24th, 2010

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Massive surface area added to the chicken last night. I cut and forged the second wing, the second piece of the middle far back, the last piece of neck, five pieces of tail, the top back and I don’t remember what else. Sadly, Miss Hen is no longer properly balanced and will fall over if two (not one, but two) bricks aren’t weighing down her feet. Hopefully this will change, but she’s getting SO top-heavy that I am losing confidence.

Next week, I plan to fill out her under-tail (aka her “booty butt”) area, and some other nether regions. I also realized I’m not sure how I want to build her head, so I’ll try to figure that out as well.

December 16th, 2010

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Last week, which did not get a blog post, I started creating the external surface of the chicken. Starting with a large rectangle of relatively thin plate steel, I cut out rounded shapes with an Oxyacetalyne cutting torch. Then I heated up small areas of those pieces with a rosebud torch, and banged on them with a hammer to shape them. This proved to be slow and frustrating. The area that the rosebud could heat up was just too small.

This week I tried using a small forge instead (pictured first above). This limits the size of the steel pieces I can use, but that proved to be a worthy sacrifice, because the forge heats up pieces fully and I could shape them more easily. The chicken now has a few additional pieces attached, and four more have been forged and will be attached next week. I also took some time to strengthen the welds at the heel and hip joints; the upper part of the chicken is getting heavy and I don’t want it to collapse. At this moment, the chicken can stand on its own! The balance will go off and on again over time, but hopefully it will end up stable.

December 9th, 2010

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Yesterday my art cards arrived. I tried out a new (to me) printing service called Moo. Their cards are printed on nice solid cardstock and the best feature is that you can have one side be printed from a selection of up to 50 different images. So of course, I uploaded 50 images of my artwork for the backs of the cards. They’ll be on the art table on Sunday along with the lasercuts, greeting cards (yet to arrive) and original artwork in frames.

November 18th, 2010

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In preparation for the art fair I’m going to be at on Sunday, I had five of my designs cut with a laser by Pololu. Today, they arrived in the mail. No, you’re not seeing blurry! There are 10 of each in this photo. These will be for sale for the first time ever on Sunday. Soon after, they’ll be available on this website. Each design is a limited edition. Get them before they run out!

November 15th, 2010

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The chicken support structure/skeleton begins. It’s kind of hard to tell, but it’s got a basic body outline, hips, legs, and initial neck.

November 11th, 2010

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Well, it’s not art exactly. It’s functional. After years away, I am back in a metalshop, this one provided by CAFAC (the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center).

The last few weeks have been a refresher, and today was the first day I got to turn on the fire. Actually, this hanging storage system required the use of the cutting wheel on the grinder and a measuring tape more than it needed the Oxyacetalyne, but that part was necessary, too.

Next project? Chicken.

November 6th, 2010

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This is my fourth papercut inspired by the first line of Michael Pollan’s article “Unhappy Meals.”

July 24th, 2010

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This is my second piece with the phrase starting “Lo Alecha”. This text loosely translates as “It is not for you to complete the work [of repairing the world]. Not up to you to finish it. But neither are you free to desist from it.” This phrase comes from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), which is part of the Mishna, the Jewish oral law.

July 20th, 2010

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My papercuts are on display! They are at my local JCC, which features a different artist on the gallery walk 5 or 6 times a year. My papercuts will be up through the end of August. There is also an article about me and my work in the JCC’s newsletter, a writeup/artist statement on the wall of the gallery, and large printouts in a portfolio where you can see detailed representations of some of my sold work.

Also, I’ll be teaching a class on creating Jewish papercuts. It’s a two-part class, meeting on July 11 and July 18 from 10:30am-1pm. All materials will be provided. Contact the JCC to sign up or email me if you have questions.

July 1st, 2010

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This papercut was a gift to friends with a new baby daughter. It’s three-layer – white, maroon, pink. Into the white layer are cut gazelles, the name Engidawork in Amharic, and the name Ayelet Ophira in Hebrew. Into the maroon layer is cut the priestly blessing, given over children weekly.

February 3rd, 2010

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Yesterday, in the second of two classes, I learned how to add grout to my mosaic. Never being one to do things simple, I decided that the fish and the background needed two different colors of grout. It was a bit frustrating to get all of the grout to behave (and involved miles of masking tape) but I admit to being pleased with the result.

The fish is being held hostage by the JCC for the time being, since they plan to display all 10 mosaics produced in the class. When it’s returned to me, I’ll take a proper non-cellphone photo.

January 18th, 2010

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The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, currently just a little more than a hope and a dream, put a call out for volunteers. They are working on constructing the space out of what looks like an old movie theater. I went there recently to help them hammer the plaster off of the walls to expose the original brickwork underneath. Hard work! I’m very excited about CAFAC because that’s where I’ll be able to do my welding, hopefully. I am so eager to finish the spider and I have other square-based sculptures in mind.

January 14th, 2010

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