Archive for January, 2008
I was recently included in a Kokeshi doll exhibit in celebration of Bunka-no-hi, a Japanese holiday promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor. The original exhibit was organized by Christina Conway and the Subtext Gallery in San Diego, CA. Over 50 artists contributed by decorating these 5.5-inch-tall blank wooden dolls in many different ways. The result was an absolutely breath-taking and diverse display by an amazingly talented group of artists. The original exhibit can be viewed here. After the show at Subtext, a handful of the dolls were sent for display at The Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, which is where my little doll currently resides. Here is a link to that.
This was one of the most challenging pieces I’ve ever done, basically working on a small, rounded, 3-dimensional wooden canvas. I decided to base my design on my earlier drawing, Origami. This was a very rewarding experience for me. Thanks again to Christina Conway, Subtext, Nucleus Gallery, and all who contributed or showed up to support! Here she is:
Sorry to have made you wait so long! Some assembly was required. Well, here she is in all of her glory! My new (really old) letterpress!!! My 30th B-day present. She’s a very beautiful and very rare Excelsior bench press from Kelsey. One of the things that makes her so rare, and also the main reason for me wanting to buy her, is the dimensions. The 7" x 13" chase will allow me to create deep-relief artwork with exaggerated height or width.
I’ve been wanting to get a letterpress for some time now. I have actually never used one before but I am so in love with the letterpress effect that I just have to learn. I am planning to use this beautiful press mainly for limited edition prints, and I can’t wait to start. As soon as I get the 1 or 2 pieces that are missing, I will be ready to go! I will be sure to post my trials and errors here throughout! Thanks for your patience. With no more ado, here she is!!!