Saturday, October 3, 2009

Online Open Studios Event

Greetings from my studio. Quilting Arts is publishing a fall issue of Studios magazine and invited its members to open our studios for an online tour. I am actually combining this with a view of some more of my Reconfigured Trash Art. You can go here to see who else is on the tour. This should be so, so good. I am going on tour as soon as I have posted. Meanwhile, Welcome! I am so glad that you stopped by!

Here is a view of one of the walls that I use for display. And below are some close-ups of a couple of my Trash Vessels.This one is called: Broken Shells From The Egg Of Desire. Can you see the diamonds from an egg carton? The beads are sterling silver.A close-up from "Bells of Clarity". The bells are caps from water bottles, the clappers are clothing clips. Those bugle beads are 14K goldfill.
This one is "Make A Wish" and has silver stars cut from milk cartons.I have been painting brown paper bags lately. I am finding that it makes a great collage-able paper. It is thick and makes even more dimensional the finished collages - which I like. Above is one in blues and greens. Below is the start of another. I first paint the brown paper - a bag cut open - with gesso which gives the paper a lovely malleable, rubbery hand.I am painting, you will see, on a piece of BlueBoard. It is an insulation board that I got at the hardware store. I think it came in a 4' x 8' piece and I cut it with a utility knife into six pieces. I paint on them - and don't mind the spatters - then pick up the whole board and place it somewhere out of the way to dry. Ever tried picking up wet paper? So awkward. This solves all that. I love these boards. If I ever decide that they are too paint ridden, I will carve into them, paint them and turn them into art. :)I have been taking painting lessons from a local painter. A whooole new way to use my brain and the acrylic. I am learning that one paints a little, lets it dry, adds new colors and depth, layering on until lovliness is achieved. I have a ways to go here...Here is a yummy view of one of my bead walls. Jam and peanut butter jars mostly on specifically measured shelves.

I have art hung everywhere...And my computer: an important art tool. Recognise the wallpaper there? It is from my birthday party in June.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I have a little door prize for the first 25 visitors: an ATC, an ATC sized piece of that blue and green painted paper that I just showed to you, and a bit of ephemera from my studio. Just leave your mailing address at my email: robinsunne@robinsunne.com. (Don't leave it here: not so private for you.) International address are O.K. I will amend this post when I have your 25 addresses.

Hi--- Thanks for all of the visitors and comments. The doorprizes are all done. I will send them out today, Monday, you should have them by the end of the week.

"See" you around...

10 comments:

Barbara Hagerty said...

Thanks for posting pics of your studio! I love your display wall!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I love the idea of reusing things; I scrounge all the time to find things for the backs of my box canvas pieces. Please stop by my studio and the post under the tour has some of the finished pieces!
Will bookmark your blog as I want to come back and see/read more!

XXOO!!
Anne

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love those display shelves...what a great idea!! I enjoyed the tour and seeing your artwork too.
Cheers
Mary Anne

nollyposh said...

A lovely tour, Thankyou, You have some ~beautiful~ art pieces there X:-)

Event Management Service said...

thanks for posting beautiful collection of pictures.Gorgeous studio events......

Alanna said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing your creations with us.

I just may buy Newman Os.

gypsylulu said...

Oh my, what a lovely studio...
and your so creative pieces!
i may never throw anything away...ha!..I am enthralled with your Broken Shells bowl...and the silver beads..i can just imagine how lovely it is in person...
The display wall is magnificent..
thanks for sharing with us!
gypsy

Express said...

I am late on the tour, thank heaven for virtualness(?)!
I love your ideas and your latest post about the cookie tray. I will definitely try that!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The use of the wall to display is great; enjoyed seeing how you reduce, reuse, recycle...wonderfully creative art!

gypsylulu said...

Robinsunne...When you refer to #6
plastic...is that the number in a triangle on bottom of the plastic packaging? I am seeing a # 1 on several of mine...
is that one not to be used?
of course, i'm in Canada, but i expect the criteria would be the same...any ideas?...thanks.
gypsy