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Studio Snapshot

I am still working on my Earth Spirit Vessel custom order for a friend. As I have said before, this is the largest vessel I’ve made to date. I am now working on the burl wood base for the vessel. I need to make sure the bottom is round and stable before I finish the top couple of rows.

The band saw is stopped as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

Luckily I have the use of a wonderful wood shop in which to work. I haven’t mastered the use of all the tools that are available, but I do know how to use the ones that are required to make the bottom of my vessels.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. They were nice enough to cut some great looking burl wood into slabs for me.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

Next, I want to make sure the circle is round and the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it’s all the same thickness.

I now have put the circle into the center of my vessel. It’s pretty stable and round, so I can now finish putting on the top couple of rows of folded paper.

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I will be adding one more piece of burl wood which will extend over the first row of folded paper.

I name all my vessels and this vessel now has its name, Broken Wing. It’s in memory of a goose that lived at the pond of the future home of this vessel.

To see more of my building the vessel: Studio Snapshot of the starting of Earth Spirit Vessel Broken Wing.

Enjoy, Candy

SACRED | PROFANE at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland

I am excited to announce that one of my Earth Spirit Vessels was accepted into SACRED | PROFANE, a juried exhibition of book and paper art focusing on religion and spirituality. at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show opens on November 7, 2014 and runs through December 20, 2014.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth is part of the exhibit SACRED | PROFANE at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland.

I wrote a blog post last June about A Visit To 23 Sandy Gallery. That post includes photos from some of their previous exhibits. For SACRED | PROFANE they were looking for works that took a stand or crossed the line between the sacred and the profane, the dichotomy of often-polarizing points of view.

Looking down into Earth Spirit Vessel, Sacred Earth. The bottom is made from burl wood.

This exhibition features 57 works by 52 artists on topics such as ritual and ceremony, creation and evolution, myth and memory, heaven and earth, superstition and scholarship, sacred and secular, rites and symbols, traditional and modern, occult and omnipresence, agnostic and atheistic, west and east.

SACRED | PROFANE exhibit catalog.

The exhibition was juried by Jim Carmin, who has directed the operations of the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library since 1998. A full online catalog for SACRED | PROFANE can be found at:

Exhibition Dates: November 7 to December 20, 2014
Artists Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot

Today I finished making 9 red and green lotus flowers for a special order. Soon they will be on their way across the country.

One of my finished lotus flowers.


The folding is done and they are held in place by rubber bands until I tie them with waxed linen thread. I make loops for the bottom by tying the thread around the safety cap on my knife.


All tied and ready to be made into lotus flowers.


One lotus flower completed.


9 lotus flowers completed and ready to be packaged and sent across country.

If you are interested in seeing the actual steps to making a lotus flower, you can check out my post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

The Wish Project, by Helen Hiebert

I took an illuminated paper sculptures class from Helen Hiebert in her Portland, Oregon studio a couple of years ago, before she moved to Colorado. It was a wonderful experience, and I’ve been following her progress ever since. She’s an amazing artist.

Helen Hiebert standing under a giant dandelion like sculpture called The Wish

Helen Hiebert standing under a giant dandelion sculpture called The Wish

Helen claims to be an introvert, but her installation work often engages large communities. She loves connecting with people from all walks of life, and says that she learns much from their diverse points of view. She collects data that she disseminates through her artwork. Often, it is invisible. Her projects begin with common themes—like making a wish. Everyone has hopes, dreams, prayers, aspirations…

Helen collected more than 200 wishes from around the world for THE WISH project, her most recent installation, which is, at the time of this blog post, at Anythink Huron Street. I sent her a wish of my own as part of the project, and it was included in the sculpture. With each wish, she received a little something from the giver—a glimpse into their view of the world. As you walk into the room and see THE WISH—a giant dandelion sculpture suspended from the ceiling—and hear the wishes of people from the community of the motion-activated sound track, her wish is that you will take the time to listen and to hear what others are saying. And then she hopes that you will make your own wish too.

(Anythink Huron Street is a 25,000-square-foot library located at the intersection of Conifer and Huron streets in Thornton, Colorado. I really want to get there to see Helen’s latest paper sculpture.)

Enjoy, Candy

A Visit To 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

As far as I am concerned, a trip to Portland, Oregon is not complete without visiting 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine art gallery that features local, national and international artists working in book and paper arts. The gallery, owned by Laura Russell, book artist and photographer, is located in Portland’s central east side arts district, and just happens to be close to the friend’s house I usually stay at when I’m in Portland. Yay!

Their current show, Book Power Redux, had just been hung when I was there. It is outstanding! It’s an international juried exhibition of book art addressing social and political issues. Artist books can be a powerful vehicle for social change and activism.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

This show shines a light on some of the most vital issues of our day: race, diversity, equality, justice, bullying, poverty, civil rights, war and more. Book Power Redux will be at 23 Sandy Gallery until July 26, 2014.

The Cycle of Censorship by Dina Sebeel from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Cycle of Censorship by Dina Sebeel from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

The show will then travel to Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and show there from August 5 through October 15, 2014. It will be a featured event during a national conference focused on Race and Pedagogy taking place at the university in September.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artists books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artists books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artist book Are Women Human? by Cynthia Schubert

Artist book Are Women Human? by Cynthia Schubert – one of my favorite pieces

Click here for more information about Book Power Redux

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23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon

23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon

My favorite piece of art from 23 Sandy Gallery, was by Erin Mickleson from the  Inked! Contemporary Northwest Letterpress, which I saw in September of 2012. Unfortunately, it was not for sale, or I may have purchased it.

Specimen by Erin Mickelson

Specimen by Erin Mickelson

Specimen was an ink and paper insect collection which consisted of movable beetles that were printed from hand-processed photopolymer plates. The beetles were hand-cut and hand-inked. They were made to represent the general features of several species, not a specific species of beetle.. Each beetle consisted of three moveable layers: body, wings and wing case. They were wonderful!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio With New Wall Completed

Here’s the new wall with my “new” display unit with glass shelves.

I really love the way my Studio turned out! It feels so good to work in.

Here are some photos of my studio with my new wall, new glass shelving unit, and the studio mostly painted (still a tad of finishing work to be done).

I thought this would be a simple project. I found the display unit at a recycled furniture store. However, it needed to be secured to a wall and the wall I wanted it to be placed against was stepped. So put up a new wall. Paint it gray. Then the rest of the studio needed to be painted. And of course, the displays needed to be moved around and artwork needed to be changed too.

Another view with my drafting table showing.

I suppose one of the reasons things took longer than I anticipated had to do with a trip to Eastern Oregon and Idaho and a show that I was preparing for. More on my trip to Eastern Oregon in future posts. New inspiration and new art will be forthcoming.

I still need to add something to the white wall that was just painted, but that’s for another day.

I’m excited to be working in my “new” Studio. Time to start playing again!!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Under Mini Renovation

My studio is undergoing a mini renovation. It started with a wonderful find of a really tall shelving display unit with seven adjustable glass shelves. The only problem was that the space I wanted to put it had a major step and I couldn’t attach the shelving unit to the wall. I got permission to rebuild the wall. Well, things always seem to take longer than expected.

This is going to be my new wall.

The First Friday Art Walk is in less than three days and I really want my studio back in working order by then. Paul assures me that he can have my wall finished and the shelving unit attached to the wall by 5 pm on Friday. I may be painting the wall Friday morning and hopefully it will have time enough to dry.

The dry wall for the wall is being cut.

Paul already made me a shelf/desk that sits over the stairs. I love it! When I got the opportunity to have a little more studio space I invited him to join me in my studio. He hasn’t decided what he wants to make yet. I am keeping him too busy building walls and shelves for him to do much art right now.

My new shelf/desk that Paul designed and built.

Art Walk starts at 5 pm on Friday. If you’re in the area, please stop by.

Enjoy, Candy


War Is An Excuse To Kill

War In An Excuse To Kill

This is one of a series five calligraphy pieces I made, each having same quote. Each piece was done in black, red and white and measured 22″ x 30″. This is my favorite one of the series and the only one I have left.

It has been a number of years since I made this piece, but it seems as appropriate today as it was when I originally found this quote. I have now had the piece scanned and made matted prints (smaller than the original).

I tried to make this piece so that the red “war” would catch the viewers attention and invite them come close and read the words. You get an idea of what the work it about from across the room, but you don’t get the full impact unless you get up close and read the words. It was my intention to get the viewer to interact with the piece. I hoped to convey the power and emotion I felt to those who saw this piece.

When I made this War series, I made it for myself, never thinking that someone would actually want to purchase and display a calligraphy piece on war in their home. I was wrong. I sold three of the series. My sons, playing ball in the house, threw a ball into the glass of one of the pieces which ruined it. This, my favorite, I kept for myself.

Peace, Candy

Mother’s Day Accordion Book

Mother’s Day accordion book closed

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, April 13 to be exact. So here is a unique and beautiful way to tell your mother she is very special to you. This accordion book is a variation of the Happy Birthday accordion book of my last blog post.

The intense purple and gold paste paper I made for the cover of this accordion book makes a positive statement before the book is ever opened. The inside of the book is watercolor paper on which I have drawn the words Happy Mothers Day, then used watercolors and embellished them with a variety of gold and black pens.

Happy Mother’s Day accordion book open

This book, like the Happy Birthday book my previous post, is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I make these little books with a variety of messages like Thank You!, Congratulations, I Love You!, Happy Birthday, Feel Better Soon and more. My customers constantly tell me that these little books are absolutely loved by their recipients.

This book, like the Happy Birthday book in the previous post, is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I make these little books with a variety of messages on the inside like Thank You!, Congratulations, I Love You!, Happy Anniversary, Feel Better Soon and more. My customers constantly tell me that these little books are absolutely loved by their recipients.

I like to tell friends and loved ones I care about them on a regular basis. I have lost a few over the years, and am ever grateful that I made it a point to tell them how they enriched my life while they were still alive. Having lost some very special people in my life is perhaps why memories are so very special to me and why I am drawn to making art that either creates new memories or commemorates old ones.

hugs to all, Candy

Happy Birthday Accordion Book

Accordion book closed

This is a fun little book I made last month. I started with a paste paper that I made last summer and covered davy board with it. I just loved the color of the paste paper and how happy it made me feel. The book ties closed with gold embroidery thread and beads to match the orange of the cover.

On the inside I hand drew the letters on watercolor paper. I used watercolors in colors to match the paste paper covers. Then I embellished the letters with a variety of gold and black pens. I just love how festive it turned out.

I just love the festive colors of the open book

This book is about 2 3/8″ wide and 3″ tall. I just love making tiny books, and I especially enjoy making ones that create memories. I am sure this little book will eventually go to someone very special, create a wonderful memory and make them smile each time they look at it.

Enjoy, Candy