It's been a while since I've last posted. Summer was awesome, I will try to post some pictures from my adventures. But in the meantime, I thought I'd show off my new baby. A MAGNUM of 2004 Stags Leap FAY. I won it at work as a second place prize for a wine-selling competition. Not too shabby. I've decided to save it for my graduation, or something equally special.
-you can blame my photographer (Fabian) for the blurry picture. This is what the label should look like.
Last weekend was Fabian and my 11th year high school reunion. We combined with class of 99 so that we would get a better turnout and to see friends in other classes as well. Even though I ended up being on the committee by marriage default, I was kind of dreading it, but it turned out to be really nice. I forgot how much I liked the people I went to high school with. It was held at the Mission Inn. The food was good, the DJ was pretty good, (although no one danced because the dance floor was so tiny). It was kind of strange to see everyone drinking legally. I have a few pictures, unfortunately, I was not in the right head-space to take good pictures, but here are some that I did take. In the Spanish Art room
Yeah, Ms. G showed up, and that was awesome! Gareth, why do you look so surprised?
(Part of) The Committee Claudia, Fabian, and Kelly
Scott and Carina. Scott is a Band Director and Carina is a Doctor. Pretty cool.
Today is the last meeting for the jewelry class I'm taking here at Cabrillo. It is taught by the fabulous Dawn Nakanishi, and I would be lying if said I wasn't sad it was over. Unfortunately today is all about clean-up, and I'm a little afraid.
The class was a lot more intense than I originally thought it would be, and I learned a lot about myself. For instance, I learned that I am very messy with solder. I break an unnatural amount of tiny saw blades. I secretly like smelling liver of sulfer (I know that's gross), and bezel setting isn't as scary as it looks. Last week was our final critique. Critique=Food
Everyone brought in a piece they recently finished and we all gave the mandatory Oooooh's and Ahhh's in response. There was some really great stuff presented. Mine is the Passion Flower Hairpin. (Frida, Nydia's dog was my favorite accessory, by far)
Below Is a slideshow of the crit. To view on a larger scale, just click on one of the pictures and you will be transported to my photo sharing website
Yes, that's right, I take a hiking class, and it's awesome. I decided to sign up for it last December because I wanted a good outlet for exercise and to learn my new surroundings a little better. There is unfortunately only one week left. Sad. Below is a slideshow of last week's adventure at The Land of the Medicine Buddha. It was Beautiful. To see the slideshow on a larger scale click on one of the photographs below and it will link you to my Photo viewing website.
The Second Annual River Arts Festival was held last weekend in Santa Cruz at the San Lorenzo River park. The festival falls in the middle of National Bike Month and so there is a kinetic theme involved. It was basically a pedal power extravaganza! It was great to see the imagination and ingenuity poured into the bicycles that rode in the parade, but to be quite honest, they didn't hold a candle to the mobiles at the kinetic sculpture race in Arcata. That event is running this week, sorry we have to miss it.
Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata 2008
Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata 2008
Below is a slide show from Riverarts. Notice on the first picture a yellow blob on Fabian's shoulder. He got accosted by a drunk bumble bee. Poor guy.
This is my newest print. Two copper plates of profile cameos with left and right brain. I cut the plates with a jewler's saw to get the rounded edges. Above is the proof, to see how the design prints. I was influenced by few different things. First was a picture on the cover of the NYTimes magazine a couple weeks back. Other influences come from the cut paper cameos of my brother and myself that my mom has hanging on her walls and from the Artistic Luxury show I recently saw at the Legion of Honor. They had some amazing jewelry as well as some pretty cool Art Nouveau prints.
The second step was to toproll the plate in a warm grey and chine collet paper under the ink. Toproll just gets ink on the surface of the plate leaving the etched lines blank. I used maps from our cross country journey for the left brain and children's history stories or Chinese rice paper for the right brain. I like that toprolling over such a detailed image gives my etching an ambiguous look from faraway. You really have to get up close and personal to see whats going on. I really like the look of the left brain with the atlas, but I am not quite satisfied with the paper on the right brain. I would rather use topografic maps on that side, but cant find any used ones. If anyone has any old ones lying around taking up space, I would be more than happy to take them off of your hands.
crossing the water like Moses =) (wait, never mind)
So last week Fabian got ants in his pants, and decided we needed to do something for my Spring Break since we didn't do anything for his. I chose and planned camping/ hiking in Big Sur since he had never been and I had only driven by once. It was absolutely gorgeous, but word to the wise, las palabras of the weekend ended up being horse poop and poison oak. If there wasn't horse poop on the trails, there was poison oak. We ended up unofficially naming our favorite trail, the poopoak trail or the oakscat path. It was a little exhausting being so vigilant, but it was definitely worth it. Especially because neither of us got struck by the dreaded leaves of three. (Sorry we didn't shoot a picture of the poop but this is what it would have looked like. Thanks google). Yay Big Sur!
In the immortal words of Ice Cube, "today was a good day." It was Earth Day, I got asked to be a summer T.A., and I found out I passed the portfolio review for the UCSC art program. Yay for me! Below is my acceptance letter.
The class I'm T.A.ing will be taught by the fabulous Angela Gleason. It is a hybrid class combining jewelry and printmaking. Pretty exciting. If you live in the area you should think about taking it. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun.
Next Monday I have to turn in a porfolio of my past work to UCSC as a requisite for acceptance into the art program. Scary! The slideshow is of the works I've compiled for evaluation. To view on a larger scale click one of the pictures. Any constructive criticism and feedback would be much appreciated if you have the time. Thank You!
The big opening was Thursday. We had a pretty good turnout. The weather was beautiful and so were the people. It was nice to see everyone's stuff received so positively. I think there was even a sale made. Awesome!
We also had a live performance by the ever entertaining, Doctor Wasabi. He recited a lovely poem to accompany his demonstration.
I am the Eye of the Dragon Fly
As I rambled down that ribbon of highway I saw below me that River San Lorenz-way I saw above that damsel, fly, away, This road was me for for her and I,
I revved my 4 stroke, she beat her wing yolk, I longed to join her, in freedom’s fly way HumVees honked behind me and I lost her there.... but this road was made for her and I,
Right on water, right on ocean, right on Broadway, wrong on River, Where is she? my cough did quiver, my sulfur breath, into the air
for many a day, yes rainy day, my cough did echo, my backfire bray, My stinging breath came back of course, salmon yellow drizzle, swimming back to it’s source,
Now acid sweat, raining down on the river of Lorenzo-town where no more damsels, could be e’re found.
I am the Eye of the Damsel Fly
200,000 thousand miles, 32 years, 13 crashes , broken bones and tears, paint upon paint to cover my pain, layer upon layer, my owner’s insane?
When finally I was bid the auto wrecker’s grave, some torch wielding sculptor did block my way and cut and pounded my hubcaps and doors, and brought me back to life once more,
but now I am, the poor soul that I once sought, who’s fragile wings my acid fought, I will seek her lace where-ever I dare, and give you her eggs and pray you take care, Or ride your bike, or walk your shoe, find a way to make her river renew.
So light my one last flaming breath, that my spirit may find hers, anon in death.
One of the classes I was taking this semester is an artist's portfolio review class. We met twice a week to discuss the various ways of presenting and/or marketing yourself as an artist. It only lasted for half the semester and tonight was the final night. However, next week we are opening a show featuring our own work. It lasts for a month and is in the Student Activities Center East and West. For me, it is quite the kick in the pants to get out in the public eye. I'm quite nervous. I still need to frame my print (shown above.) If I can get my act together I may submit a 3-D adaptation of this print. We'll see. Yay! Got it done.
The flyer displayed is an open invitation to anyone in the area that would like to stop by. Ther'll be free snacks.
Today I tore myself away from the Suhi felting and made a trip down to the Pajaro Valley Gallery in Watsonville before work. It was awesome! It was closing day for the show "In this house that I call Home." There was some really wacky and amazing stuff there. Basically its a collection of collections from different artists illustrating their personal view of what makes a home. Really lovely. Check out my album on Picasa.
I started a new workshop this week at school. Felting. Well, it's really about making felted stuff into wearable art. Originally I wasn't going to take it because I thought it might turn into a dangerous hobby. I was right, I foresee it being a bit of a time-suck. However, there is the possibility of being able to sell some stuff on the greatest site in the world, etsy. The materials, although quite beautiful are not terribly costly, which is nice. It's just a matter of people actually buying something. We'll see. The sushi roll is my first little project. It's a millifiore type technique. I created a bunch of felt "rods" and fused/felted them together. The sushi contains smoked salmon, cucumber, carrots, cream cheese, nori, and rice. I'll be felting a plate to put them on.
Next will be a Starr roll, in honor of the greatest sushi roll in the world. H2O Smithtown represent!
If you didn't figure it out MAB is for Megan Alexander Batista. If you did, I'm sorry for insulting your intelligence. I'm a girl. I have brown hair and grey/green/blue eyes. I like making stuff and learning about things. I'm short, but I don't let that get me down. I love my family and friends even if I don't see all of them that often. I love beans as well.