Friday, April 20, 2012
This gorgeous piece is mine now since I won the bid at the Friends of Art auction last week. It's by Erica Iman, an MFA candidate at SIUE who usually works in ceramics or sculpture. The piece is called Formation and it measures about 19x17 inches. The media is iron oxide on paper (mounted on board). I suppose you can guess why I had to have it. Another of Erica's donations won the Founder's Award and $500. Her thesis show opens Saturday night April 21 at the Historic Lemp Brewery in St. Louis. Congratulations and much success to her!
Besides the relationship to rusting, I meant to add that the way the iron oxides behaved on the paper is very similar to the reticulation that occurs when tusche dries on a litho stone. I love the effect. It's also possible to coax it happening on copper plates as well for etching. Such a beautiful thing when it happens.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Pardon me for not posting lately--I tend to have a one track mind and my mind has been on some volunteer work I do for the Friends of Art, a non profit organization connected with my alma mater. We are planning an art auction, the proceeds of which benefit the visiting artist program in the Department of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Anyhoo, since last fall I've been photographing all the work, posting on facebook and supplying images to our webmaster so that visitors can see the catalog of items. If you are on facebook, be sure to stop by Friends of Art SIUE to see the catalog. The above item is my contribution to this year's 33rd annual auction. You've seen the fabric before in previous posts here and here. My friend Lillian Bates who owns By Design boutique in Alton agreed to partner with me. She will make a custom garment with my silk for the lucky bid winner. Lillian's been sewing for years and dreamed of creating her own fashion line. Her shop is a little slice of heaven and now she is also offering classes in sewing for beginners to advanced techniques. Here's a sampling of her work. If you click on the picture above you can read the details of the donation.
|Confluence Over Ogallala Reservoir c2009 Laura Strand|
|Three scarves by Erin Vigneau Dimick, using tie-dyed t-shirts L and R. Center is recycled wool, cashmere, and angora|
More fiber work was donated from current and past students of Laura's. And there is much much more to see of every medium of art-paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, glass, photography, graphics and mixed media-donated by students, alumni, faculty and friends in the community. With 195 items in the live auction and 75 items in the silent auction, this is one of the biggest events we've ever hosted!
Consider yourself invited! If you live in southern Illinois or the St. Louis area this is a great opportunity to get in on the action and add to your art collection.
WHEN: Thursday, April 12 6 pm preview, 7 pm live auction begins
WHERE: satellite campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL
ADMISSION: $5 (free to current SIUE students, donors, FOA members and volunteers)
Cash bar, free snacks and tons of fun await you.
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Or visit the website at www.siuefriendsofart.com