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And Even More Moving In

Moving has caused chaos in my studio. I swear, I had my studio in great working order, but then I had to move in more and more supplies as I transferred everything from the old place to the new. There simply isn’t room for everything in my new studio—extra storage space seems to be the one thing lacking here. So, I’m having a big art and art supplies giveaway in a couple of days in order to make room so I can work again.

Bill, Jr. is currently roosting on my bedroom door. He is a bit flighty and changes his position frequently. Bill carries notes and reminders on the paper clip he carries from his beak.

Bill, Jr. is currently roosting on my bedroom door. He is a bit flighty and changes his position frequently. Bill carries notes and reminders on the paper clip he carries from his beak.

I can’t get to my drafting table due to the boxes of art and art supplies that I don’t have places for here. Although going through everything and getting rid of so much is difficult as well as emotionally draining, I know I will be ever so much happier in my streamlined studio.

Rusty  likes to be outside checking out everyone who enters the front door.

Rusty likes to be outside checking out everyone who enters the front door.

I’m looking forward to making art again. I haven’t been able to make much art for the past month, and I realize just how much I miss it. Decorating is being creative, but there’s nothing like actually making art with my very own hands.

Bill and Mary will likely go to a new home as they haven't found a spot that they like here.

Bill and Mary will likely go to a new home as they haven’t found a spot that they like here.

As you can see this and the previous posts of photos of my home, my style tends towards a clean and uncluttered look. My walls are off white with the emphasis being on the art. There’s not a lot of embellishments. It’s the same with my paper art. I like clean lines with a contemporary feel.

Whimsey, made from papier mache and fabric, likes being on the table in the entry where she enjoys visiting with guests.

Whimsey, made from papier mache and fabric, likes being on the table in the entry where she enjoys visiting with guests.

And while I love the clean and uncluttered look in my home, I have to work hard to keep it that way. My natural instinct is to clutter, but I know that I work better and feel ever so much better in a clean, simple, calm, uncluttered environment. Maybe that’s why this move is taking so much longer than I imagined it would. Another two weeks and I should be in and back to work.

Hugs to all, Candy

And More Moving In

My move in is coming along, although slower than I expected. Somehow everything seems to take longer than to accomplish than I anticipate. I find that seems to be the case for most projects. So here are some more photos of my new to me home.

The watercolor is one I did years ago. The ceramic pot is a sagar fired raku piece by Hannah Brehmer. You can see my two other pieces of hers in last week's post.

The watercolor is one I did years ago. The ceramic pot is a saggar fired raku piece by Hannah Brehmer. You can see my two other pieces of hers in last week’s post.

This is a wall of calligraphy in my living room. I may add one more piece to the wall later. The most colorful piece is a Sister Mary Corita print. The rest are my own original  calligraphy pieces.

This is a wall of calligraphy in my living room. The most colorful piece is a Sister Mary Corita print (it says, “love is hard work”). The rest are my own original calligraphy pieces.

That's Mama Hippo above my bed. She is the first piece of art I ever purchased. She has since been rematted and reframed, but her place has always been above my bed.

That’s Mama Hippo above my bed. She is the first piece of art I ever purchased. She has since been rematted and reframed, but her place has always been above my bed. That’s Alphie and Watson on the bed (and yes, both are stuffed).

Enjoy, Candy

 

More Moving In

I am still moving furniture and trying to fit everything in my new (to me ) home. Moving is really hard work, and I’m not talking about the physical part of moving. I am overwhelmed with decisions like what to keep, what to get rid of and how to get rid of it.

Max (that's the plant) really likes his new home. He's added a bunch of new shoots and leaves. In front of him is one of my friend Hannah Bremmer's horse hair raku pots.

Max (that’s the plant) really likes his new home. He’s added a bunch of new shoots and leaves. In front of him is one of my friend Hannah Brehmer’s horse hair raku pots.

I’ve taken a lot of photos of my new home, but with all the lovely windows, the photos don’t show things the way they look in real life. It’s sort of frustrating because my house is really becoming a home and I’d like to share how it looks. Here are a few of the photos that don’t look too washed out by all the window light.

The copper red glaze ceramic pot was also made by Hannah Brehmer (I love her work!).

The copper red glaze ceramic pot was also made by Hannah Brehmer (I love her work!).

This is a bookshelf that is just outside my bedroom. The paintings were all done by my friend Elaine Frenett. She is a great watercolorist and journal artist.

This is a bookshelf that is just outside my bedroom. The paintings were all done by my friend Elaine Frenett. She is a great watercolorist and journal artist.

But there are benefits to moving too. One good thing is that while I have been unpacking and seeing things that have been out of my sight for a while. This has given me so many new ideas for new ways to play with paper.

I need to get the moving finished before I start any new projects. I love my new studio space. It’s going to be such fun creating in this space.

Enjoy, Candy

August Break & Moving In

Whew! I’m more or less taking the month of August off artistically. I need a little down time after pushing so hard to get everything ready for my show (which was a great success).

This little guy comes to visit very morning. We now feed him peanuts. It beats him eating the walnuts out of my salad, which he actually did one evening.

This little guy comes to visit very morning. We now feed him peanuts. It beats having him eating the walnuts out of my salad, which he actually did one evening.

I’ve sold my condo, which has been up for sale for over a year, and I’m finally moving my furniture into my new-to-me home just a couple of blocks away. My paste papers can now be made in a garage instead of a spare bathroom, thank goodness. The garage was put to good use getting ready for my paste paper show. Now it’s time for me to move in my furniture and decorate my home.

The wrought iron stand I found at a garage sale. I put it at the end of the hall near the bedrooms. The little sumi painting I just bought from my friend and fellow calligrapher Sally Penley. It opens and reads "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. Japanese Proverb"

The wrought iron stand I found at a garage sale. I put it at the end of the hall near the bedrooms. The little sumi painting I just bought from my friend and fellow calligrapher Sally Penley. It opens and reads “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. Japanese Proverb”

So, for August, I will just be posting photos of my new home, how I am decorating it, and even my visitors (like my blue jay friends).

Enjoy, Candy

Sneak Peek—My August Paste Paper Show

During the month of August, I will be the Featured Artist at the Ashland Art Center. My show will focus on different kinds of art that I have created with paste paper. These are all new pieces that I’ve worked on over the past 5 months. Here is your sneak peek at what I will be showing.

If you've been following my blog, you've seen my Earth Spirit Vessels. Many of the pieces of paper in this one are my hand painted paste papers which are painted and ironed before being folded.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably seen my Earth Spirit Vessels. Many of the parts of this one are pieces of my hand painted paste papers, which are painted and ironed flat before being folded. The vessel is titled, Tumbleweeds.

This is one of a series of calligraphy pieces with a paste paper background. I scanned all the images and combined them in Photoshop and had it printed on metal.

This is one of a series of eight calligraphy pieces with a paste paper background. I scanned all the images separately, worked with the scans in several graphics programs, and had the finished digital pieces printed on aluminum.

The show will run for the month of August. During the First Friday Art Walk on August 1, there will be a paste paper making demonstration in my studio, Studio 12. If you are in Ashland on Friday, August 1, be sure to stop by.

For more information about Paste Paper, you might enjoy these past blog posts:

Making Paste Papers: Part One

Making Paste Papers: Part Two

Children Making Paste Paper

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

I Learn More From Failure Than From Success

I’ve been receiving a whole lot of positive comments and pats on the back recently. And, while it really feels good, I feel like I need to remind everyone that not everything works out.

It took me 2 weeks of trying and failing before I got a this lotus flower that I really liked.

It took me 2 weeks of trying and failing before I got a successful lotus flower.

I have had to overcome a lot of failures in order to get to the successes.

I feel it’s important to embrace your failures and learn from them. It’s through failure that I learn the most. Not from failure itself, but from the experience of creating and experimenting and learning why it didn’t work and what parts of it did work. My successes don’t help me nearly as much as my failures do. And sometimes those failures end up turning into a success somewhere down the line.

My first attempts at calligraphy were dismal. I practiced for years before I felt I was any good at all.

My first attempts at calligraphy were dismal. I practiced for years before I felt I was any good at all.

For those of you trying to make art for the first time, please don’t stop trying just because the first thing you try doesn’t turn out looking like a professional piece of art.

When I started playing around with making my paper lotus flowers, it took me two whole weeks to get to where I made one that I felt was good enough to show to anyone. Persistence can sometimes trump natural ability.

I love the way my Lotus Flowers come out now. But I did have to learn that not all papers will work well to make Lotus Flowers.

I love the way my Lotus Flowers come out now. But I did have to learn that not all papers will work well to make Lotus Flowers. I always found a new use for the papers that didn’t work well for Lotus Flowers.

I thought this paper would be my answer to making paste paper to use for my vessels. Once in water, however, the paper disintegrated. I had to start over looking for the right paper.

I thought this paper would be my answer to making paste paper to use for my vessels. Once in water, however, the this paper disintegrated. 

So here is my failure for the day. I wanted to use this Japanese sumi paper to make paste paper out of. Well, as soon as I wet it, it started disintegrating. I had my heart set on using this paper for a specific project for my Paste Paper Show. Obviously that’s not going to happen. Back to square one.

I have no idea what project I can use that I will want disintegrating paper for, but if I ever do, this is the paper I will try first.

I finally found a paper that I could make paste papers with that didn't fall apart when wet and didn't crack when folded. It took nearly a year of trial and error to find just the right paper.

I finally found a paper that I could make paste papers with that didn’t fall apart when wet and didn’t crack when folded. It took nearly a year of trial and error to find just the right paper. Here is my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

These Fortune Cookies are made from Tyvek that I thought would work well for book covers. Well, the Tyvek could be used, but it was hard to glue without getting bubbles. However, it works great for making Fortune Cookies.

These Fortune Cookies are made from Tyvek that I thought would work well for book covers. Well, the Tyvek could be used for book covers, but it was hard to glue without getting bubbles. I found Tyvek works great for making Fortune Cookies.

In closing, keep the positive comments coming, just don’t get discouraged about things not coming together the first time you try them.

Keep creating, Candy

Miniature Happy Birthday Accordion Book

This miniature accordion book with a piano hinge closure is one of my favorite little books to make. I made this one for two friends of mine who celebrated their birthdays on Saturday.

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book has a piano hinge with toothpick closure

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book has a piano hinge with toothpick closure

The cover is a scanned image of one of my watercolor paintings. I made the twisted cord to go with the colors of the cover. The cord is attached to a toothpick which is inserted into a piano hinge to close the book.

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book open

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book open

Here is a link to the blog post of my Courage Inspiration Book.

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

New Earth Spirit Vessels

I have been super busy this week getting ready for a show this weekend. Actually I’ve been working on this for months and months. This will be the first time I will be showing my Earth Spirit Vessels outside of the Hilltop Gallery & I’m super excited. Here are some of the vessels I will be showing.

Earth Spirit Vessel Old Faithful contains 363 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Old Faithful, contains 363 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Slumber, is made from 462 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Slumber, is made from 462 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Night Lights, is made from 708 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Night Lights, is made from 708 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind, is made from 372 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind, is made from 372 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Meadow, is made from 480 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Meadow, is made from 480 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Each Earth Spirit Vessel is made from hundreds of pieces of hand-folded paper. Within 25 of each of the papers are hand calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to the Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. Included with each vessel is a photograph of the quotes that are included within the vessel. The bottom, or base, of each vessel is made from burl wood.

You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels here.

Enjoy, Candy