Studio Space

In all the places that we’ve ever lived I’ve always had a corner of a dank dark basement or garage that was my dedicated “studio” space.  Never appealing and never really wanted to spend time there.  That is until we moved about a year ago into our fabulously new much bigger house.  I now have a dedicated space that is inside, warm, has windows and a door, and I can set-up and spread out.  The result has been major productivity, inspiration, and really wanting to be in the space because it is pleasant. It’s not to where I’d like it to be.  It’s carpeted which needs to be torn out (I think there is even hardwood underneath the carpet), I need a more adequate bench and some serious organization, oh and I need to get the massive bathtub out of the middle.  But other than that it’s a dream come true.

You can’t see the bathtub in the shot, but it’s right in the middle of the floor – a 7′ clawfoot,  and the “minor” bathroom renovation (that started in November of 2009)

#10 Take art class and learn something new

On my birthday I took the day off and spent the morning with Amy Reeves at her new business the Tacoma Metal Arts Center.    I wanted to learn some new techniques, want to fully support her new business and completely respect Amy as an artist and instructor.  So hello, private lessons.  I wanted to learn casting, electrofoming and etching.  Her electroform machine wasn’t set up yet so that will have to wait for another day.

Etching was a simple yet very chemical dependent process.  So we did a few samples on brass and copper and in different solutions and let them sit and etch while we did other stuff.   Amy did give me a solution reciepe that doesn’t require disposal through hazardous waste,  so one of these days I’ll try it again.

Then onto casting first casting into a cuttlefish bone which just requires the pet-store variety for birds to sharpen their beaks on, cutting it into two pieces and carving out a shape, and pouring in molten metal.  Mine has much to be desired, and would still need to have the big sprue cut off if I wanted to try and use it but the texture of the cuttlefish material in the metal is very cool.  In hindsight, should have done a cool shape and not tried to do details – but lesson learned.

The last thing we did was wax carving in which you carve a wax blank and then do a lost wax cast method.   I carved and attached to the sprue and then left it in her shop which she then cast as during a weekend class on casting.  It’s fabulously chunky (although when I wear it I usually scratch my kids) and I can’t wait to get another wax blank to try and do another that is more organic and flowing.

It was a great way to spend my 35 birthday and love casting.  I am completely addicted to melting things.

35 things at 35

I was perusing Jennevieve Schlemmer’s blog a few months ago.  She (inspired by another in turn) created a 35 by 35 list. My 35th birthday was in June and for my 35th year I have been creating a list of 35 things to accomplish throughout the year. I’ve started the list, some big things some small – but all  goals that I want to accomplish throughout the year.

35 Things When I’m 35

  1. Run in a Race
  2. Participate in a craft fair as a vendor
  3. Set-up a Etsy shop
  4. Have a special day with Maren
  5. Have a special day with Tallulah
  6. Weekend away with hubby
  7. Presents and love notes for Cousins and Family
  8. Photo albums/memory boxes for the girls
  9. Start a blog
  10. Take art class and learn something newPart Deux
  11. Send an unexpected someone unexpected flowers
  12. Organize a field trip for Maren’s class
  13. Buy a pair of fabulous shoes  (and don’t feel guilty)
  14. Mail Christmas card to all
  15. Can summer garden bounty
  16. Have a dinner party with friends
  17. Studio family photo shoot
  18. Get a pedicure
  19. Change to married name for all accounts/documents
  20. Fix Lulu’s birth certificate
  21. Pitch  inventions
  22. Give my time to something that I believe in
  23. Write and illustrate a children’s story
  24. Have a housewarming party
  25. Paint a picture for each of the girls’ rooms
  26. Make gifts for the Helena girls
  27. Pay it Forward
  28. Paint bedroom
  29. Shade Garden
  30. Worm composting
  31. Attend a roller derby
  32. Go to a movie alone
  33. Project runway inspiration jewelry
  34. Finish downstairs bathroom (or help as much as I can)
  35. Laugh until I cry

11:11 Wish

When I was on my 6 month maternity leave with my first daughter, feeling completely cooped and isolated up in the depths of Seattle rainy winter, I became acutely aware of the time at two points in the day 11:11am and 11:11pm. I thought I was going a little crazy, because every day – seriously – I saw the clock at this time in the late morning and night. I was more than a little weirded out by it, and when Nov 11th rolled around I was holding my breath waiting for *something* to happen.
Well nothing earthshaking occured, except sometime after 11/11 I saw a painting. I was standing waiting for the elevator at my work, looked over at the label and noticed it said “11:11 Wish”. I commented aloud something to the tune of, “well that’s weird”. My friend then commented, yeah like when you see a clock that says 11:11 you are supposed to make a wish, isn’t it weird how you always notice it? The sigh of relief was audible and all of a sudden all those months of weirded out anticipation could be turned into wishes! How great is that!
The 11:11 Wish painting was by Larry Bemm. I was familiar with Bemm’s artwork mainly through another piece that he had in the collection. (I should explain at this point that I worked in an art museum.) The artwork that I knew about was a large scale work – probably 5′ x 5′ with a creamy white textured background with a jumble of 3″ diameter circles that were in a variety of pastel colors. The circles or balls were lined up on a scratchy horizontal line on the left side, and on the right appearing to fall from the horizontal line falling and bouncing out of the painting frame. The title of the artwork, which I cannot remember, was an obscure word meaning the study of happiness. A painting of happiness!

So all those wishes, all the wishes turned into happiness.

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