Monday, January 9, 2017

Zea Mays flat file submission and tree trunk

 A busy week in Artlandia...

I finished the third and final new piece to submit to the Zea Mays flat file , then photographed, filled out the paperwork and shipped them to arrive just in time (thumbs up!)

T. Klacsmann, "Pride," mixed media collage, 30 x 22," 2017

Stoked how well the Superbia cigarette box turned out - it was weird after designing, printing, assembling
this to crush it to make it into "more naturalistic garbage," also, making the faux cigarettes and burning the tips, haha. 

 I also re-photographed "Greed": 
T. Klacsmann, "Greed," mixed media collage, 30 x 22," 2017

That was three big pieces in about 8 days (they mailed January 5th, and 2 of them are dated 2017, haha) so by the time I put everything in the post, I was about ready to collapse and spent a lot of the next day or two sleeping. Then it was time to clean - not surprisingly, the studio was a huge mess after the whirlwind of activity.

In cleaning the studio I took a look at the 'long term goals' board for 2016. While I feel like I did pretty well, there's one part that bothers me - tree. I made the Gothic Tree, which I like very much, but I feel like I haven't quite reached the life-scale I was picturing.  

So...I started, carved, and proofed a new 12 x 18" block.  This was a little atypical for me in that I free drew it directly on the block and went for it. There is no preparatory drawing and no specific source, (though I've photographed tree parts in the conservation area numerous times.)  Since it's not the first (or second, or third ;) ) time I've tried carving a tree, I decided I was ready, and it went surprisingly quickly.    

block with kitty paw for scale.
12 x 18" block

close up of block

 Those individual parts at the sides are roots that are meant to be cut out and arranged around the trunk to show the roots surfacing from the ground. Different arrangements will help the one block be used for different trees, also the print can be cut down along the dark lines in the print to make it smaller, and individual roots can be cut off to further individualize the prints - so far so good, but it's like the wings in that it's a big, multiblock project, so a ways to go.

The feline assistants, helping in the way that only kitties can :p - I got up to pee, and when I came back
there was no pillow or space left for me in front of the block - hard to believe they got that settled in and comfortable within the five or so minutes I was gone, haha. I think I need a third carving pillow.

Monday, January 2, 2017

last of 2016, first of 2017

This week was all about making new finished pieces to submit to the Zea Mays flat file  in which I am honored to be included.

New collages! Last of 2016 and first of 2017 - 30 x 22"

I always want to send the latest and greatest, and this year, that means that I want to submit the faux consumerist garbage with creatures in patterned landscapes with Gothic architectural elements...(except, of course, I didn't actually have anything like that, as of last week, haha; so, I made new things.)

I'm working as hard as I can, and hoping to have three 30 x 22" collages (since that's as far as I've gotten with the seven deadly sin blocks.) So far, I have 2. The last piece of 2016, Gluttony, and the first piece of 2017, Greed:
Last Collage of 2016! 30 x 22," mixed media including relief and polyester lithography prints, ink, acrylic, color pencil, on paper. 

First piece of 2017! 30 x 22," mixed media including relief and polyester lithography prints, ink, acrylic, color pencil, on paper.
(How did I get this 22 x 30" piece of the large tree block on such short notice? - I hand printed it with a spoon - biiiiig Oy.)

Especially stoked about how well the transparency  turned out in the Avarice-shopping bag - thumbs up!

To fully focus on getting these made, I told myself
that I was absolutely not to carve any new blocks....
but then I reeeeeally needed these rosettes. Just oooooone
 more little block? O:) 

The holes are to sew the pieces down with tread that matches or accentuates the piece (I used silver
in the bug wings so that they actually shimmer - nice!) This is the laaaast part I need to sew down on this piece, (and I hate leaving  holes in the face) sooooo back to work. Wish me luck!

Monday, December 26, 2016

and still more fancy garbage

A very busy week in Artlandia...(I know I say that a lot, but it's especially true this week O:) ).

Work continues on the seven deadly sins as represented by (faux-)consumerist garbage. This week I started and printed (!) "Avaritia," "Greed." 

 Just like with "Gula," I made the logo, printed it with a polyester plate, this time directly onto the bag, making the object that is in the print. The I photographed it, edited, made a polyester lithography plate, and printed that plate onto a block. Then I carved the block and printed it. 

It was a lot of steps, but in the end, I think it worked well, because the texts is truly integrated, and they feel like representations of real things (because they are representations of real things - sneaky, sneaky ;) .) 

My favorite thing about this print is that, like printing Gula on metallic paper to mimic it's real material, I printed these on a translucent paper.  The prints are see through, just like an actual bag, and that's especially exciting (to me) because I can put stuff in and behind the bag in collages. (Fun! :D ) 

The only down side - I dipped into my limited supply of my favorite-no-longer-produced blocks.  I cried after I printed these (1) because I was probably pretty tired by that point, and (2) they really are so much more awesome than any of the replacements I've tried. There's no way I would have gotten this print, much less been able to move it from start to finish this week on any other material.  I miss them so, so, so much. 

On that note...trying to learn to love some of the substitute materials...I also finished carving and printed the tracery block from last week.

I also moved into the next phase of work on the aedicule block.  When I printed it last week, I also printed one that was a mosaic of computer sized paper, so that this week I could more easily scan them and then put them back together on the computer.  This gave me a very high resolution image of the 12 x 14" block. 

Now that I have it...I'm ready to start expanding off of it by using it as a unit in a system. (I think pictures may be better than words here to show what I mean):

I tried different things, multiplying it, changing the proportions, changing the central boss by adding another block over it.

This idea to look at it as a unit in a modular system comes from studying Medieval art and how it's made, particularly manuscripts and tapestries, for example:

 Book of Hours for the use of Rome230 x 150 mm, printed by Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 22 August 1498, Nativity, designs by the Master of the Apocalypse Rose of the Sainte-Chapelle (Jean d’Ypres?) IB 40341, f. c.v. verso in the British Library
King Arthur (from the Nine Heroes Tapestries), ca. 1400, South Netherlandish, Dimensions:Overall (King Arthur (2a, f)): 168 × 117 in. (426.7 × 297.2 cm) Overall (Hebrew Worthies (2b, c, and h)): 168 × 250 in. (426.7 × 635 cm), Munsey Fund, 1932; Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1947, Accession Number:32.130.3a; 47.101.4, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ahhhh, and then there's one of my old favorites, - the Klosterneuberg Alterpiece, by Nicholas of Verdun, ca. 1180 

It's a little funny (? Is funny the right word?) I had the idea for this block back in April/May 2014, and looking back at the blog, I even did the research and took photographs for it...but then didn't make it. In retrospect, that was probably the right decision, because it was a good idea, but I just didn't have the technical skills to do it at the time (I was just learning to carve in relief and hadn't figured out how to maximize the computer and use polyester plates as intermediaries.) For comparisons - this is the tracery block I carved around that time, about 4 x 4" and below is the one now at 12" x 12"

...progress...but still a ways to go before I have a true system of modular steps :)

still one of my favorite blocks :)
On the one hand, it takes how long it takes, on the other hand, part of the reason I've been pushing really (really!) hard is because there's a deadline coming up for the Zea Mays flat file (Eep!) I have my heart set on submitting new collages of some of my favorite creatures with the new seven deadly sins garbage with internal tracery frames...

I printed up some of the elements this week, like the raptor head, and started to arrange already printed parts on the magnet board. On the one hand, it's coming together, on the other hand - Eeeeeeep! (fingers crossed!)

When I'm nervous, I bake - big pumpkin bread, little pumpkin bread

Christmas sunrise

Monday, December 19, 2016

More (fancy) Garbage

 First off (drumroll...!) I officially completed the professional certificate in graphics and animation at the University of North Georgia that I started last January! (with a little less than 2 weeks left in the year ;) )  - Whoop!

Having proofed (and proofed) the 18 x 12 tracery block last week, I printed lots of them :)

After last weeks design and prep work, I also made the block for "Gula," "Gluttony, as the next of the seven deadly sins in (faux-) garbage - thumbs up!


I also printed these on a silver metallic paper to mimic the sheen of an aluminum can.

Then I transferred a new polyester plate of tracery onto a 9 x 12" block - a very nice transfer (if I do say so myself  O:) )

It was an exciting week - the pup also received her certificate as an AKC Star Puppy!! (I'm so proud of her! - she passed her obedience test and we're continuing to practice so that she may be able to go on and train and become certified as a therapy dog.)

I baked dog (and kitty) treats to celebrate, and they must have been a hit, because I had to rescue the tupperware as she attempted to gnaw it open (notice that front corner, haha).
beauty and brains :)

and because I love all my creatures - both kitties on the press