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October: A Beginning’s End

I apologize for October’s final project being a little late! It took me longer to get all the materials than I’d expected. To refresh you, the cards for this month were “Found Object Art” and “Things That Blow Up”.. oh and what a marvelous combo this has been! I have enjoyed brainstorming so much that it has left me with a plethora of other ideas that I will have to return back to and finish down the road… including more elaborate, large-scale versions of a few of the bullet tests I did earlier this month. I was really enjoying creating with bullets, but then the egg theme took me another direction that I really got excited out…

And here you have a deadly nest indeed… a dangerous beginning that is surely to lead to an end. I didn’t really have anything in particular I wanted to say with this – I don’t usually create things with the motive of sending a message. I have always been the type that falls in love with something visually and just wants to see it created – particularly if it involves throwing extreme contrasts together in some strange harmony. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually made anything like this – oooh say, 5 or 6 years since I was taking sculpture classes at community college? Gosh, I didn’t realize how much I missed it… and how much it gets me back in touch with a part of my creativity that I had forgotten.

I suppose some will like it, others will think its dark, or weird, but whatever the case – I enjoyed making this one a great deal!

P.S. A BIG Thank you to Claudia for sending me the fabulously well-rusted barbed & bailing wire! =]


Inspiration: More Found Object Art

I stumbled on a few more really great found object artists last night that I had to share!

Butterfly/Moth Series by Michelle Stitzlein

Brian Marshall’s Adoptabots

Dolan Geiman’s art assemblages


Inspiration: Jessica Joslin

Some more great found object art to share with you! Jessica Joslin is one of my favorite artists – creating flawlessly constructed creatures of bone, brass, leather, and other mixed materials. I love her close attention to the form of each animal – although you are seeing really more of a whimsical skeleton, it flows so well that your mind seems to fill out all the rest. Lovely.

To see more of her work, check out her website.

Illustration Practice: Vintage Camera!

Hi all! Just a little aside from the monthly project… thought I’d take a minute to share an illustration I did for work last week. While my hand-illustrating skills are pretty decent, I have not really taken the time to explore computer illustrating much. Texture and style have always been a bit of a weak point for me in computer illustrations, so I’ve decided to make it a small side project to try and do more of these for my design jobs at work – whenever applicable. So here’s the first, a peppy little vintage polaroid camera for a feature on our website about some of our recent favorite photographers. Not bad if I do say so myself! =)

Playing with Bullets

I was happy to have an entire day to myself Sunday to work on the project yesterday. Did some brainstorming on various ideas of how to go about this month’s project. I happened to already have about a dozen or so boxes .22 long rifle ammo – small bullets used mostly for target shooting. My boyfriend had given them to me for possibly use in an art project about a year ago – as they’re a bit old and corroded for use. Turned out I finally found a use for them. Today was spent mostly experimenting and playing around with the ammo – just getting a feel for the material and what could be done with it.

After only a few hours, I already remembered how much I love doing art with industrial/functional items like this. I used to do a lot of it in my late teens and early twenties. There is something about taking ordinary, functional or industrial items that one doesn’t usually notice as beautiful and arranging them in such a way that allows people to see their beauty. I explored some possibilities with doing flat art first. Spent a few minutes making this little framed symbol below.. I think doing a larger scale and more ornate version of this could be really beautiful.

After a while I decided to go make my usual Sunday run to the grocery store and picked up some Styrofoam while there. The green kind used for arranging fake flowers worked out really well.. I started out just testing how they’d hold just being pushed into a block…

Then the idea of doing an egg sort of fell on me while walking through my hallway (I have a print showing various types of eggs hanging near the bathroom). It seemed like an interesting place to start – I really love the contrast of life and death and fragility and power there. So I took one of the foam blocks outside with my garlic shredder (basically an awesome miniature cheese-grater) and shaved the block down to an egg shape. An hour or so of work later.. and viola! Bullet egg! This was definitely a fun start to experimenting. I’m excited to see where things go by the end of the month!

Inspiration: Francois Robert’s Stop the Violence

I thought this month would be the perfect time for featuring one one of my favorite series of the year. As soon as I saw photographer Francois Robert’s Stop The Violence series I was instantly in love. For this series, Robert created dozens of symbols related to weapons of war and religion.. out of real human bones. I’ve always been drawn to bones – their artful curves and pristine ebony color.. and of course the stories they tell and the meanings they hold. Stop the Violence certainly makes use of all the many beautiful aspects of bones while telling a powerful story of humanity.

To see the full collection and more of Robert’s stunning photographic work, visit his website.


Inspiration: Al Farrow

I came across some great inspiration for this month’s project today! I’m positively in love with these gorgeous and elaborate reliquaries by artist Al Farrow. Initially I was excited to see something built with used gun parts, bullets and steel shots – as I’m looking to build this months project out of similar materials. Aside from being beautifully stunning though, there is such power in the symbols he is mixing… we all know that religion has played a major role in some of the greatest conflicts in history.

To view more of Al Farrow’s reliquaries and his other works, visit his website.
For a peek at the extensive process and time that goes into making one of these elaborate creations, check out

Announcing the October Project!

Ooooh this one is going to be a fun one! I can already see the possibilities. I’m thinking lots of juxtaposing of materials and symbols here… maybe sculptures of flowers or other delicate things made from fire crackers, used brass from bullets, etc. Or perhaps a hot air balloon made from found objects.

Ever since my sculpture classes in early college, I’ve loved doing found object art. I did these small wire frog sculptures back then that had light bulbs and old screws for various body parts. They were probably one of the most successful things I’ve done as an artist – having sold about a dozen of them over the course of a year. They were also one of the only things I ever made that I truly believed in and loved with all my heart. I tend to think that passion helped in how people were attracted to them. They were made with love, after all.

Back then, I used to collect random things I’d find just about anywhere – old car parts, bits of junk people tossed on the side of the road or in the trash, bones, fallen bird’s nests, old bottles washed up at the beach… it was so rewarding to give these forgotten things new life. Unfortunately, after moving out on my own to finish college, I had much less time and space to work with. I eventually put aside this niche of art I loved so well to pursue my graphic design degree and stopped collecting as much – save for a few feathers, shells, and bones here and there. I’m ever-so-glad to have a reason to collect again, it does rather feel like that part of me has been missing a bit! Time to get to collecting and of course… PLAY!



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