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{Bibliophilia} Pinocchio: Jim Dine

I’ve been diving into my art books a lot lately – rediscovering favorite artists to introduce to my drawing class. It’s safe to say that I’m a bibliophile through and through. I haven’t traveled to Europe yet (a dream of mine) but I do own tons of books. Jim Dine is one of my favorite artists. He’s so versatile and I really appreciate his drawing style. When I found his Pinocchio book, I was so excited. It matches my love of puppets and drawing all in one beautiful book. 

I was preparing for class today and thought it would be nice to photograph a few of my favorite drawings from the book to share.  
I also found this great interview with Jim at the Tate. The exhibit looks fantastic! I wish I could’ve seen this in person- oh those hanging books!
I’m showing this work in class tonight and thought I’d share it with you too. Do you have a favorite artist? 

{Anchor Art Space} Give me “Shelter”…

Last Friday there was an art opening at a fairly new, local gallery called, Anchor Art Space. Chris had three pieces in the show that were all made out of cardboard, having to do with the shows theme “shelter” (they’re in the front windows). Chris & I attended the opening ourselves – yes we had a date night! But on Sunday, I took Sayer to see the show while Chris worked down the street in a booth (representing Anchor Art Space) at the Anacortes Art Festival. I’ll post more about that tomorrow, but for now I wanted to give you a tour of the gallery through the eyes of a 4 1/2 year old. The curators of the exhibit & active board members, Natalie Niblack & Ann Reid, are also art educators – so the gallery has a very child friendly atmosphere. 

Photos by Polly Purvis & “Quilted Cave” by Julia Haack

Jasmine, also the educator at the Museum of Northwest Art, shows Sayer how to work a piece by architect, Tom Theisen. She was very helpful in explaining the art to Sayer along with encouraging him to explore & observe at his own pace. 
Artwork by Eduardo & Britta Johnson

Tricia S Stackle & Andrew Kline 
work by David Hall 

The newest piece that Chris finished was actually inspired by Sayer’s room. The imagery was derived completely by Sayer’s things. The piece was put together at the space for the first time – a pop up sculpture of sorts & Sayer hadn’t seen it yet. This was his first sighting & he loved it! After observing it from all angles, he wanted to document it with a drawing.   

So he drew…. 

... & drew… 

& drew some more.

It was so much fun to see the show with Sayer & to see the curiosity & admiration in his eyes when he saw Chris’ piece. I highly recommend seeing an art gallery/ museum with your kids- it’s really quite refreshing. 

links:
Anchor Art Space – www.anchorartspace.org
Chris Theiss – Check out photos of the set up of his pieces here

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is full of creativity & interesting sights!

Art & Ferry Rides…


A few years ago, Chris met a really interesting couple- they became regular visitors at hutch studio & fans of Chris’ “fine art” as well as his fun creations for hutch. This couple recently opened up an art gallery called Simon Mace Gallery in a small, coastal town about 2 hours away- which includes a ferry ride. The Simon Mace Gallery now represents Chris’ work & hosted an art opening this last weekend for a new show called, Tasting Menu: Second Course. This show included 4 of Chris’ pieces along with featuring 5 additional Simon Mace artists. We were lucky enough to be able to sneak away for the day to attend the opening in person- while our kiddo enjoyed a sleep over with his grandparents. Admittedly, I turned into a shutterbug- wanting to capture Chris, his work, & the day. Here are some highlights… 

Chris had 2 of his ceramic/ sgraffito pieces & 2 of his gesso on paper pieces. From a distance, you couldn’t really tell the difference between the medium used & all of them really engaged viewers. I loved being behind the camera & listening people’s conversations & trying to capture their delight in the visual adventure Chris’ interior spaces took them on. The gallery was hoppin’ all day & into the evening- the town was also buzzing. There was a “first Saturday” art walk scheduled for the evening & you could tell people took the ferry over from Seattle just to participate. After we hung out at the gallery a bit in the afternoon, we had a chance to cruise the town before the opening. 

We lingered in an underground coffee shop & spent time in a very cool, used & out of print bookstore. I was in heaven… I really could’ve spent all day there. Oh, did I find some treasures… but that’s a different post. 

Back to the Simon Mace Gallery – the flow of people was constant & the energy was infectious. It was a really fun end to a fantastic day. We then hopped on the ferry and headed home. I’d say it was a pretty great way to start the new year…

Color + Stickers = Colorful 2012

Today is the first Monday of 2012 & it’s a day off for a lot of people- but I’m trying to get into a rhythm of production today. When I was cruising the web this morning (procrastinating but also in search of some inspiration) this work by Lionel Esteve caught my attention. It was posted on facebook & I immediately looked the artist up. It’s bright, cheerful, & it helped me ignore the rainy weather outside.  The artist used self adhesive dots. 

Then this afternoon, I saw a post on the Colossal Art & Design blog that you really should check out.  At the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane this December,  there was an  installation by the artist Yayoi Kusama that was such a cool experiment.  Read, “This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids” here. You may have already seen this because it spread like wildfire on blogs & facebook today. But I couldn’t help but post it as well. These two artists are very different, but I find it interesting that I saw both of their work today. Regardless, it sure cheered me up. Looks like the new year is full of color & dot stickers! 

If you are looking for a little music this Monday, here is one of my favorite Music Monday posts from last year that I think fits this post perfectly. 

{Everyday Inspriation} Just a Saturday Night…

Our Saturday nights really haven’t changed that much since our grad school days – after Sayer goes to bed anyway. Which is pretty cool really. We usually work in our perspective studios & meet up every now & then – throughout the night. It’s particularly fun when we have deadlines or creative projects in the works. There is an energy that I really enjoy. Chris has had some shows & extra projects that he has been working on lately & had a vision that he need help executing last night. What I love, is that I was able to completely understand what his vision was. I took these photos of him in his studio last night… or hmmm, this morning I should say. His pieces that he is surrounded by are both made with clay with a technique called sgraffito & cardboard with b&w gesso. All & all – it was a pretty fun  & producive Saturday night. Hope you are having a great weekend! 

{Mid-week Inspiration} Rob Ryan…

Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan from Etsy on Vimeo.

I’ve been a fan of Rob Ryan’s since I gave Chris the book,  This is For You  a few Valentine’s Days ago – I just saw this great video about him this morning on the Etsy Blog & thought I would pass it on. After I watched it, I cruised through Rob’s  shop, where I saw the, “Our Adventures in Wallpaper Collaboration with Mini Moderns“! Lovely – I’m a fan of Mini Moderns as well so I was thrilled to see this. I recently saw a great post about Mini Moderns on Bright Bazaar too that you might want to check out. Nothing like a great collaboration between some amazing artists/designers to help get you through Wednesday. Hope you are having a great week! 

{Mid-week Inspiration} Rob Ryan…

Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan from Etsy on Vimeo.

I’ve been a fan of Rob Ryan’s since I gave Chris the book,  This is For You  a few Valentine’s Days ago – I just saw this great video about him this morning on the Etsy Blog & thought I would pass it on. After I watched it, I cruised through Rob’s  shop, where I saw the, “Our Adventures in Wallpaper Collaboration with Mini Moderns“! Lovely – I’m a fan of Mini Moderns as well so I was thrilled to see this. I recently saw a great post about Mini Moderns on Bright Bazaar too that you might want to check out. Nothing like a great collaboration between some amazing artists/designers to help get you through Wednesday. Hope you are having a great week! 

studio time…

It’s time for me to go in to studio hibernation. I’m finding that I’m sort of longing for the old college/grad school days of barely leaving my studio. Both Chris & I have been recently  asked by a gallery to show some of our “fine art” but they want all new work. Which is great – because we don’t really like to show “old” work. However, since starting klt:works (& having Sayer), there hasn’t been any time to create “art”. Oddly, even with packed schedules- & an insane deadline of 2 weeks, Chris and I said yes. We like the idea of creating out of our comfort zone & showing together outside of the usual faculty shows. So what does this mean for the next two weeks? It means throwing caution to the winds and going for it -along with a constant flow of creative energy circulating the house. It will be interesting to see if I will be able to shift back and forth between my “product” &  “art” minds in a day. Ok, here I go- oh may the thread drawing juju be with me….  

studio time…

It’s time for me to go in to studio hibernation. I’m finding that I’m sort of longing for the old college/grad school days of barely leaving my studio. Both Chris & I have been recently  asked by a gallery to show some of our “fine art” but they want all new work. Which is great – because we don’t really like to show “old” work. However, since starting klt:works (& having Sayer), there hasn’t been any time to create “art”. Oddly, even with packed schedules- & an insane deadline of 2 weeks, Chris and I said yes. We like the idea of creating out of our comfort zone & showing together outside of the usual faculty shows. So what does this mean for the next two weeks? It means throwing caution to the winds and going for it -along with a constant flow of creative energy circulating the house. It will be interesting to see if I will be able to shift back and forth between my “product” &  “art” minds in a day. Ok, here I go- oh may the thread drawing juju be with me….  

studio time…

It’s time for me to go in to studio hibernation. I’m finding that I’m sort of longing for the old college/grad school days of barely leaving my studio. Both Chris & I have been recently  asked by a gallery to show some of our “fine art” but they want all new work. Which is great – because we don’t really like to show “old” work. However, since starting klt:works (& having Sayer), there hasn’t been any time to create “art”. Oddly, even with packed schedules- & an insane deadline of 2 weeks, Chris and I said yes. We like the idea of creating out of our comfort zone & showing together outside of the usual faculty shows. So what does this mean for the next two weeks? It means throwing caution to the winds and going for it -along with a constant flow of creative energy circulating the house. It will be interesting to see if I will be able to shift back and forth between my “product” &  “art” minds in a day. Ok, here I go- oh may the thread drawing juju be with me….