December 17, 2016
Patreon.com is a wide-ranging online community where patrons can support the work of artists, musicians, YouTube creators and much much more. It’s extremely interesting to browse and see just who is putting themselves “out there”. The list includes Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his StarTalk radio channel for one 🙂
Deryk and I leapt into it today.
So, we’ll be having a bit of fun sharing information about the things that motivate us along with our videos and pictures, etc.
Please feel free to drop by and let others know if you think they’d be interested.
You’ll have to click on the link to find out what it means to be glasstastic, or to be my glasspiration.
May 14, 2016
I’ve already written this for my Facebook friends, but here it is again for others….
First, my super big “Thank You” to Chemainus Theatre and to all the supportive folks who visited or shared their best wishes to me for my glass-exhibition-artist-reception last night. My glass will be on display for the duration of the play “Harvey” which runs till May 28. I saw the play last night and absolutely loved it!
And here is my “review.”
The Chemainus production of “Harvey” is truly wonderful. I have always been deeply moved by the story and in this interpretation, there is all around great acting and a really magical transition from a grey world to one that pops with colour. I was reminded of exotic birds – revealing their glorious plumage in a dance of life. What a great symbol to represent the tension between our inner lives and the constraints of reality. To me “Harvey” is a gentle and perfect exploration of the things that really matter.
Deryk caught a photo of me at the reception evening and I’m posting some other photos as well. I hope that light shining through coloured glass does a bit of what “Harvey” does: adding brightness to the everyday world.
May 4, 2016
In the play (and movie) “Harvey” the main character says something that I love:
‘Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.’
That is why I was delighted when I was offered the chance to have a showing of my glass-on-glass mosaics at the Chemainus Theatre during the month in which they are performing “Harvey.” What a wonderful opportunity! A vintage whimsical play and mosaics — as whimsical as I can make them — from recycled vintage glass. There are 23 of my glass pieces in the exhibit.
Here’s one that I titled “I Recommend Pleasant”. It’s 16” by 29”, has zinc edges (thank you Deryk) and is built on a piece of glass shelving that was in our bathroom closet until just a few days ago (we are in the middle of a reno.) Blue dots burst out of a heart-embossed blue bottle. The world is surrounded with colours from the forest and sky and sun. There are flowers and shells – even a bee and a lizard. Things you might notice if you have a chance to relax outdoors on a summer’s day, as Elwood often does….
I need to take a good backlit photo of this piece – as it would appear if you hung it in your window. For now, hopefully these will give you the idea.
Here’s more information about the show:
July 12, 2011
I just had a great conversation with Jay, who is a gaffer in Victoria at a studio I didn’t even know existed (Miramontes Artworks). I guess I just haven’t taken the time when I’m at home — something that needs to change 🙂
Last night’s after-dinner presentation was all related to the Glassimations class I’m taking. Lienors Torre is the instructor and Mel Long and Deirdre Feeney are the TA’s. Their presentation was an opportunity, for me anyway, to revisit the work they had shown us on the first day from the perspective of a week’s worth of our my work. And for sure my thinking has shifted in that week and I understand what they are doing in way that is different from my initial impression. Lienors has such an amazing background in coldwork and her love of clear glass as something to capture the environment around it is very compelling. Also, her knowledge of the history of animation is impressive, although I can see why she switched her PhD topic from “Australian Animation History” to the idea of turning animation into an object (via glass). It suits her. She says she works slowly and precisely and it seems to me that she is focused on creating small, controlled and safe worlds of houses and domestic objects that contain (rather than reflect) what is around them.
Deirdre seems quite close to Lienors in the way she reaches for the quiet and small. Her objects are little glass cinema buildings (often based on actual buildings in Paris) which contain film clips that evoke early moving pictures and magic lanterns.
Mel is quite different — outgoing, green sparkly cape, animator of performance art, contortionist! Need I say more?
It is amazing to be in the first-ever-in-the-world course that combines glass and animation.
Later today I think I’ll really do some writing about my own work here — but first, BREAKFAST!