July 18, 2014

Week Links Post 26

At Beautiful Decay, they're doing a feature about the fashion photographs of Sylwia Makris. Which are haunting and artful... here

More outdoor art, this time at Web Urbanist. OaKoAk is doing cartoon characters in his native France. Check that out here

Related: The New York Times has an in depth discussion about street art - when does grafitti become art? Here

Over on Behance, Carsten Witte has some really beautiful photography combining portraits and florals entitled "Fragrance".  You can see them here

There is what looks to be a very interesting art show incorporating textiles, art books and sculpture, all  "inspired by a single mysterious image of a small glass bottle containing remnants of the substance it contained and tied with a weathered label". It's for a show currently at the Warwick Art Gallery, but travelling to the Mundaring Gallery in Perth, Australia.  Read about that here.

The Daily Record has an article about a show featuring the work of Paula Nadelstern,  Amy Orr, Katherine Knauer and Robin Schwalb at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey called "Semper Tedium: The Slow Art of Quiltmaking". You can read about that here

Also at Beautiful Decay a feature on social activist/artist Nguyen Xuan Huy who "introduces us to the disruptive effects and ongoing legacy of the Vietnam War". The paintings are instructive and disturbing as well as edifying. They're worth seeing, but come with a maturity warning. Here

Again at The New York Times - a  very interesting article about the art market. About the difficulty in selling Old Masters in the current market, it gives unexpected insight into the rest of the art market. “We’re entering a new era of collecting,” said the Paris dealer Giovanni Sarti. “When people come into my gallery they look at the name and they ask the price. They don’t really look at the painting.”  Hmm..  You can read that here

Fine Art Tips offers advice on how to dramatically improve your art. It's for painters but can be applicable to us as well. Here

Following up on the "becoming a professional artist" article I posted a couple of weeks ago, here's one from Muddy Waters called "for love or money" that offers advice on the same theme

Here's an article about an AMAZING photographer's work Kiripi Katembo Siku - go see - they're sooooo beautiful.  

July 15, 2014


I'm sorry to report that one of my favourite pieces has been stolen.

It was on its way back to me; had gotten as far as the shipper's Mississauga, Ontario plant - a mere 40 minutes from home, where it went *POOF!* The shipper has essentially said "these things happen" and nothing else, so I now have to make claim from my insurer.

So, this how it happened.

I sent it to the original people in June of 2013, for showing beginning in October. (Note: No, I don’t know WHY it had to be there so early,  but that was their request.)  We were told that the pieces would be shipped back to us the second week of February, 2014. 

When I didn’t receive it during February, I wasn’t too worried – I know that sometimes it takes a bit of time for them to get around to it. In the meantime, I got confirmation that "Silver Eared Mesia" was wanted for another show that was to begin in June, 2014, and the curator of that show wanted the pieces by May 1st. So when I hadn’t received it by the first week of March, I wrote to the first party inquiring about it, and asking whether it could be shipped back to me by no later than April 1st.

Which was when I was told it was shipped back to me the first week of December!!!

It’s been a very long, drawn out process to get this sad result, although I pretty much assumed as soon as I heard that it had been shipped months before (and at Christmas (!) ) that I was never going to see it again.

So, these are my learnings.

1.    I *always* ship my work by post marked “Fabric” or “Textile”, never as “art”. In future, I will       request that it be return-shipped the same way. (I have learned that it cannot be shipped by          FedEx in this manner, though – it has to be marked “art”. On the other hand, I feel much safer         with FedEx than I do with the postal service, even before this happened!)

 2.   In future, I will ask curators/convenors to NOTIFY me when they have sent something back to me. I don’t know that this would have had a better result had I known earlier that it went missing, but it  couldn’t have helped that it was three months AFTER it was shipped that I finally found out it was missing.
3.    If things do go missing, use social media to notify people as soon as possible. I posted about the  loss on Facebook when I got the final result of the investigation yesterday, and that post was   shared  over a 100 times, and has gotten nearly a thousand views! I could certainly have used that kind of exposure when it first went missing!

 4.    Post a “stolen art” ad on Craiglist and Kijji in the city where it went missing. Perhaps you’ll get some result that way. It can’t hurt to try it for the negligible cost.

I’m upset by this loss as it was one of my favourites in the series. I'm also upset because I have not been able to re-create that branch (so far) and  I was looking forward to getting it back so I could study it.

But mostly, it’s upsetting to me that the person who now possesses the piece is a thief: a person with no sensitivity or fellow feeling with me as an artist.

Someone who can do this has no connection with me as a maker, nor for what I’m trying to convey with the work, nor with my overall artistic statement. They simply saw something they wanted (or perhaps wanted to give as a Christmas gift without having to bother paying for it), and decided to take it.

It makes me unutterably sad to know that my little bird is in the possession of such a person.

I’m sorry to end this post on such a low note, but unfortunately, that’s all I have to say about this.
I hope this never happens to any of you.


July 11, 2014

Week Links Post 25

Picture from The Huffington Post

I meant to share this link with you quite awhile ago, and then lost track of it somehow. It's a bit out of date now, but still offers some great eye candy and an interesting perspective.  An article on quilts in the Huffington Post, here

George Lucas is planning to open a Museum of Narrative Art. The premise sounds very interesting. Would you go? Check that out here

More street art - this time, deliberately interactive, from Kelsey Montague, here

Over at This Colloassal, they're showing Mike Stilkey's new paintings on salvaged books, like so:


Because I always love looking at other artist's studios (Cezanne's is still my dream studio!); here's a link to HyperAllergic's peek into the studios of three artists. Check that out here

Sheila Frampton Cooper has a post up about her exhibit in Lauris, France. If you haven't seen her pictures on Facebook or elsewhere, my lord, drop everything and go look. Right NOW.  lol Her work is beautiful (of course),  but the juxtaposition of her very contemporary work in those caves?!? AMAZING.  I actually have those pics saved on my Evernote and I look at that over and over again. Aspirational. :) And and and, there's a video of her artist's talk!  Check all of that out here 

Also over at HyperAllergic, continuing with the Detroit Art story that I've posted about three or four times over the last several months, the latest is that the collection has been valued at just over 4 and 1/2 billion, but will likely sell for just between 1 and 2 billion (different articles I've read say different things), meaning that the city will STILL be bankrupt, so...  <sigh>  Anyway, check that out here

And a last minute entry: Monika Kinner-Whalen has a process post that's the next best thing to a tutorial here

Have a great weekend!!!!  :)