Another Year, another bloody valentine factory.
Except this year I decided not to do workshops. Being in school and just getting over a cold, I thought best to take it easy.
I just finished these today. Shrinky dink heart necklaces.
I used to work for a store in Kensington Market called Fresh Baked Goods (now Fresh Collective.) There, I knit sweaters on a knitting machine and drew shrinky dink buttons. I found a small stash of plastic paper from back then recently and have been waiting for a good opportunity to use it. I would love to get my hands on more white opaque sheets (they are worth pounds of gold), as I have only seen transparent.
If you aren’t familiar with shrinky dinks. They are sheets of plastic, that you draw on, cut out and then shrink in an oven (electric, not gas)
For this project once shrunk, I lacquered the hearts with transparent glittery nail polish to seal in the ink (at the store we used to paint them with toxic resin in the tiniest room with no ventilation… young and not so bright we were.) Then I drilled holes in them, wired hoops through the holes and then passed hemp thread through hoops.
A many step process with impressive results. Especially if you are doing it with kids. It’s like magic!
If anyone has a line on bulk opaque Shrinky dink, please get in touch!
AWC 20P - YR 01- 01 Ceramics - Leis - Rm A205
by Sarah Couture McPhail due: November 27th, 2013
My parents were never married and for the last 20 years I have used both their names. My ID is always problematic. My birth certificate states that I am a Couture, though I was enrolled in school as a McPhail. I am partial to both.
Sarah = Princess
Couture = to sew/something sewed in french.
McPhail = Scottish
To represent Couture: I propose to create a spool of thread (vessel/container) using white sandstone clay, with a porcelain needle sticking through it.
Sarah and McPhail: Will be represented by an etching of a traditional Scottish crown on the top of the spool where you would normally find a sticker with the make/logo of the type of thread.
Once the piece has been fired and glazed, I will then use vibrantly coloured and thick thread (like embroidery thread, or hemp rope) and wind it around the spool.
approx: 8” diameter, 10’ tall
My good friend Carrianne Leung, is releasing her first fiction novel in a couple of weeks. Check out this book trailer. That song! That song... I can’t get it out of my head and I only know the verses in the trailer. It too hasn’t been released yet.
The Wondrous Woo is a coming of age story, set in the ’80s.
I’m hooked already.
I can’t wait to read it. I intend to buy many copies and give them out as presents. I know, I KNOW it will be that good. Because Carrianne is so good, and insightful, and astute, and fun, and just amazing.
I am so excited for her.
She is launching the book November 12th at Lula Lounge in Toronto. Here is the link for more information.
If you are around, you should come.
Leave it to me to do this last minute. 12 hrs t’ill costume time (my kids can wear their costumes to school tomorrow), and I’ve got some sewing to do.
Thankfully one of my son’s costume is super easy. The other, not so much.
Sascha is going as a ninja. He already has a Gi, so I just bought him a balaclava.
But, Gabriel has been talking about being Captain Jack Sparrow for months. I could have pieced together something from the Value Village but oh no not me, I gotta make something. And, I gotta procrastinate.
These are the spats I made for G’s boots. (I picked up the leather yesterday at Designer Fabrics in the $1 bin. $4 total)
Got my acorn back from the kiln today.
I love it.
If you look into the holes, you will see two little seeds that look like bums. I am very happy with this piece.
Next week we Raku!
So for my next sculpture assignment we are creating volumetric wood sculptures. It is non-objective (which is excruciating for me, I like things to have purpose other than look good). It must be made only of wood and metal joints (if needed). It must have the mass of at least 3 x 8ft 2x4s (I don’t have to use 2x4s, but I have to use wood to equal as much), and the finished product cannot exceed 3ft by 3ft radius give or take a ft each way.
I need to keep it simple as I only have a couple of weeks to finish it. AND, it also has to be free standing without a base.
Look at these F’ing INCREDIBLE sculptures by Henrique Oliveira.
Trees Burst Through Gallery Walls and Ceilings
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s powerful recycled wood art installations snake through their exhibition spaces like massive living trees that burst out of walls and through ceilings. Oliveira scours the streets of Sao Paulo to gather plywood, which he then separates into layers and combines to create his massive “tridimensionals” sculptures. The stunning mixed media pieces are a combination of sculpture, painting and architecture.
Working on something new.
My kids are losing their teeth and we need a place to put them.
Inspired by the Day of the Dead, I am making a Raku Urn for my ceramics course.
A few more details and then it will be bisque fired this week.
Introducing my first pinch pot.
I am loving school. I wish I had classes every day of the week.
This pot is going to be Bisque Fired and then glazed and then Hi Fired in the coming weeks.