Monday, December 22, 2008

Studio-rama #2

SENSATIONS is now finished. I have been wrapping up several pieces as I ready to pack my tools in anticipation of teaching a two-week workshop in Queensland on January 7th. This has been a fertile time at the bench. I guess with all the child-care focus (we've got 2-year-old twins as well as a 10-year-old), my output comes in fits and starts. Add to that the fact that it has been some time since I allowed myself the time to play, and it is plain that I am bristling with avenues to explore.

A page from a beautiful 1790 book detailing the trial of Warren Hastings
will drape over the back of the can.


The splits allow for the paper to conform to the uneven surface.


A dove perches in the center.


Creating the bail, or hanging mechanism of the pendant,
out of 8-guage steel wire. A bit of grunting is obligatory here.




Creating the terminals for the leather cord.


The clasp, in progress.



The clasp, complete - a giant, oversized finish to the neckpiece.
I'm really loving this heavy steel wire - twice the guage of my beloved rebar wire.


SENSATIONS. Materials: Sterno can, steel wire, Victorian yellow glass, copper, crab claw, Labradorite, steel tack, color lithograph from 1880's, epoxy resin, book paper (c.1790), steel-point engraving (1850's), leather, paper, text, soil.


Have a lovely holiday, everyone! Thanks for looking.
- Keith


13 comments:

  1. This is amazing Keith Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy and Creative 2009
    Jen

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  2. such a manly piece. Looks like you had fun making it too!

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  3. Happy Holidays to you as well. Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing these photos.

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  4. Wow!It seemes you would need the 2 weeeks off after bending that wire-amazing.
    Happy Holidays to you and the family.
    xo

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  5. I'm struggling to find the rebar wire, now where in the heck do you get 8 gauge? Have a very happy new year and an even more successful 2009.

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  6. Oh wow. Especially love the layering and obscuring the face to just a hint of what was there. Bravo! Thanks a kazillion for sharing, Keith!

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  7. Your work is wonderful. I know an artist in California named Lu LoBue -- any chance you're related?

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  8. So beautifully industrial. Your work is very inspiring Keith

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  9. Love it! Thanks for showing the process.

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  10. I love your work. I was experimenting with found-object work for a while. Being a packrat, it was easy to find good things to use. Actually, I was combining digital work with found objects. But in a remodeling project that is still incomplete, we moved a ton of stuff into my workspace, so for the time being, i am confined to my computer for my creative outlet. I just started a series on my blog called "The Creative Process" where I am showing/explaining how I created a particular piece or group of works. I've done 3, so far, more to come. I taught school forever, in the U.S. and Brazil, everything from kindergarden to community college, so I became interested in every medium imaginable. But I admit I don't seem to think as well in 3D as I do in 2D, so I was never much good with jewelry or sculpture. Thus, I admire your work even more.

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  11. Your pieces are amazing! I collect a lot of old rusty objects from my family's farm and have a large collection of my grandmother's costume jewelry. I keep thinking one day I will figure out what to do with some of these things, your images are inspiring. But as a mommy to 3 year old twins time is very limited. I'm hoping to take one of your classes in the US in the future!

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