Have you been keeping up with "THE PULSE?" Seth Apter is the talented mixed media artist who is taking the pulse of 95 artists in the online community. His blog, The Altered Page, is a veritable who's who of today's online art scene. Some of his favorite or most interesting of artists or art work will be spotlighted in one of Seth's posts. Periodically, he reaches out with what he calls The Pulse and interviews or otherwise requests information and pictures from a group of artists.
About The Pulse, Seth says, "This collaborative project aims to
introduce you to new artists,
you get to know familiar faces even more, and
allow you access into the
creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals."
Currently, Chapter Three of The Pulse is being shared through posts at The Altered Page. You will find links to the first two chapters in the sidebar there. On Monday, Seth started posting answers to a 7 question survey completed by 95 artists. Today was the first post of the Show & Tell section of that survey.
(Icon by Seth Apter)
The pictures and answers in this first show and tell are in response to this survey question from Seth:
"Show and Tell. SHOW us one photograph of the object or objects
that you collect and TELL us how your collection(s) came to be and/or
what they mean to you. Feel free to include any anecdote about how you
might have found/bought any of your treasures."
To whet your appetite for seeing these wonderful little peeks into your artist peers' collections, I'll show you mine:
(Click on the image for a better look.)
Some of my collections captured in ONE photo . . . Well, one montage! (Is that cheating?)
Now hop on over to The Altered Page and see my answer that goes with this picture. Be sure to check out the whole post Seth did on this first round of Show and Tell. There will be four posts in all to share what each of the 95 artists had to say about collections. Then, I recommend that you go back and find the other sections of this round, as well as, the other rounds of The Pulse. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
(Icon by Seth Apter)
Seth also has web site, blog, etsy, Lulu, and other links offered by the artists in The Pulse III. You will want to carve out some time to get to know these incredible, talented artists and their art work. You will find a complete list of links to the 95 artists in the Artist Registry. Have fun getting to know your fellow online artists. And come back here to tell me what you think. Remember to tune in to Seth's blog to keep up with future postings of THE PULSE , Chapter Three.
Meanwhile . . .
How about a better look at my collections? (Click on images for even bigger scans.)
Aren't we precious? Gag. But look at that stuff in the background!
These are what Norah's got Sharon using to do her awesome paintings. (Well, not the soda!)
Our table as we began work on the paintings. (BTW, try to see the necklace Deryn has on.)
Deryn Paints or draws? (Darn, can't see the necklace here either.)
And I paint or draw? Hey, we worked hard on those faces! The carbon paper was used to transfer the sketch we each made of a face according to Sharon's directions and hints (she's a great teacher.) (BTW, see that green train case on the floor? Did you know that Deryn collects vintage train cases? This one has art supplies in it.)
This was my sketch. Looks a little like an alien, huh?
Sharon says to sign and date everything -- even our sketches!
On Day 2 Sharon made us pose with our paintings like she was proud of what we did or something.
During the next project we got paint all over our fingers! (Don't ask.)
Then Deryn was teacher when we made the bees. This one is Sharon's. She had not had any jewelry making experience -- didn't she do great? Perfect, I'd say. (Deryn ain't no slouch as a teacher herself!) Sharon said she picked the word "friend" to go on the wing and the word "Friday" was serendipitous because we are her new Friday Friends. Well, I'm wondering about the words "sordid" and "sore"!?!
Our final project was a painting journal. Sharon's was made from some very large vintage book covers with a spine sewn on made from uphostery fabric.
Deryn's journal was made from a huge vintage children's encyclopedia with a decorator fabric spine.
My journal will have covers of a 1900 Webster's Dictionary and a spine of uphostery fabric bound together with large grommets.
As time was running out, we were beginning to make pages to use in our journals.
There was then a last minute flurry of picture taking: The ever popular & flattering "hold-the-camera-out -at-arms-length"
Sharon's artsy handmade tote
One of Sharon's personal journal spreads
A couple of shots of details in the studio including one of the napkin drawer.
Last second photos, one more of us, and alas - packing up to go home. And a good time was had by all!!!
P.S. All pictures were taken by Deryn or Sharon, of course,
except for a couple of scans I managed to do of my journal covers and my sketch.
P.P.S. Click on that picture of Deryn taking a photo and see if you can tell anything about that necklace. If not, I'll post more about it later. Ta Ta for now!
Yessiree!!! An out of hand camp! Want to know who was here? I'll give you three guesses:
1. Who did this painting?
or this one:
If you guessed the person below -- you'd be incorrect!
2. Who made these?
If you guessed the person below -- you'd be incorrect!
3. Last clue: There were two teachers and three students at this camp session.
That's right! Left to right: Norah's Sharon, Me Sally, and Deryn (rhymes with "my friend")
See what a great time we had? Sharon Tomlinson taught us to paint similar to her style...
Mixed media painting by Sharon Tomlinson
Well, of course, hers was quite accomplished -- after all, she was the teacher here. Above is my painting and then Deryn's. We didn't do terribly, did we? Sharon is a great teacher - even with Norah's interference -- um, I mean help (beg Norah's pardon - don't want to ire a muse, right?).
And naturally, the two bees above were done under Deryn's tutelage -- Sharon's on the left and mine on the right. Sorry I don't have a picture of the teeny tiny one Deryn did for earrings. (See, I left my cameraat my friend's house out of town last week. Waah!!!)
If I get any more pictures borrowed, I'll post more about our rompin' weekend... like the food we consummed -- the late nights, the paint journals we created from old book covers with various found and procured papers and souvenirs.
Thank you Norah's Sharon and myfriendDeryn! (You know you have to teach new friends of Deryn to pronouce her first name -- and since it rhymes with "my frien' " we called her myfrien'Deryn all weekend!) Anyway, thanks to my two wonderful teachers. A good time was had by all.
OH, it was grand... and I lost a lot of sleep -- a LOT!!! So I gotta go get a nap. Nite nite.
P.S. all photos were taken by Norah's Sharon and Myfrien'Deryn - because --as you know -- I have no camera at the moment! BOO_O_O_O Hoooo-o-o-o. Waah.
The Techniques to be used in the making of a stacked spinner necklace are:
Cutting and forging sheet metal
Cutting a window in metal sheeting
Spinner Necklace Side View (Photo by Deryn Mentock)
My pendant for this project has five layers separated by small silver disc beads and held together with a hand-wrapped and beaded, silver wire bail. The pendant measures 2" X 2 1/2" X 3/4" deep.
Layer 1 - Copper sheet metal cut in a rectangular shape and filed. I used a sharpie marker to put script on the metal as a resist to the green patina solution I used over it.
Layer 2 - Copper sheet metal textured with cheesecloth in rolling mill. (I cut this from a piece of metal I textured in the University of Houston jewelry lab.)
Layer 3 - Brass sheet metal cut with shears into a triangular piece and filed.
Layer 4 - Nickel silver sheet metal punched to a circular shape with a circle cutter. (I could have sawed it, but I took the shortcut - what are all those tools I bought for anyway?) Then I shaped the piece using my dapping block. (Tools, tools, I love tools!)
Layer 5 - Found object with tiny jade nuggets. (From vintage jewelry piece.)
The only technique I didn't try was the cutting of a window. My sheet metal was too thick for the use of a screwdriver as a wedge, so I skipped it.
(Photo by Deryn Mentock)
This is a fun pendant on a silver, large ball chain necklace. I enjoyed putting this one together. After I selected or made all the parts, it seemed a simple task. Now, here's hoping I can get at least one more challenge project done before the summer is over. To keep up with what the other artists createin this challenge, go to the left sidebar of Deryn's blog page about the challenge. Why not join us? You can do one, two or more of the challenges and become eligible to win a creation by Deryn. Can't beat that!
Our mystery camper is none other than the queen of wonder and awe (and all things strange), my friend and yours -- Deryn Mentock. (Honest, Deryn, I TRIED to disguise you.) This little escapade started as we passed by the antique shop window:
How much is that tiara in the window (la la la) The one with the sparkly vei-ei-ei-l? How much is that tiara in the window? I do hope that tiara's for sale! (la la la) (Sung to the tune of How Much is that Doggie in the Window.
It turns out, it wasn't for sale -- it came free with the vintage wedding dress which was very much for sale. Well that's a tiara of another color...(and another style -- it was a double row of lace and jewels! Very pretty - but I digress) Now we have to see if the dress is ok and if it fits and all . . .
I believe the poor clerk thought she had an actual bridezilla on her hands! LOL. Little did she know that this one was already thinking of how much to sell the dress for on ebay!
So into the car it went -- the dress and tiara, veil and all -- along with Betty, the dress form, who was taking on more and more human-ness the longer she stayed with us. By the time we got home with our loot, Betty was just another one of the girls!
Doesn't she look happy here with all the pretty things Deryn bought for her? She really loved standing before the disc jockey cabinet that Deryn made me buy for my studio.
Here is part of the field evidence of what else we both picked up on this junk run. (For a more complete list of the haul, see Something Sublime.)
While King's Candy is a traditional stop for most Camp Turlington Campers, Deryn and I found we needed more of the sustenance here than usual. A girl can't keep up her stamina for jewelry making without chocolate!
Whadda ya mean, "one of everything" isn't a proper diet?
With our sugar highs, we were able to do daring things with jewelry-making back at the studio. We worked and worked like good little artists.
Naturally, Deryn was making a gorgeous something or 'nother while I was merely practicing the basics of coil end clamps and wire staples. Someday, I'll graduate to actually making jewelry, too - surely.
Ever wonder how Deryn gets those great camera shots of her art? Well, Betty and I can now tell you.
(Photos by Betty from her vantage point. See below.)
(I think her camera is mounted in her armhole?)
Doesn't Betty look contented here on the patio? She and I tried to tell Deryn that she wanted to stay here and live in the studio -- but no, Deryn was having none of it! (Speaking of Deryn, I've got to find a good hiding place before she finds out I posted so many pictures of her here. LOL.)