What can I say about the rainforest? It is beyond describing. Hiking through the Santa Elena forest for 4 hours was transforming. The sound of the rainforest birds and animals is unlike anything else I have heard. The two of us were almost the only humans within sight for hours. We walked looking up at amazing trees, vines, bromeliads, birds, and butterflies. we walked looking down at beetles, centipedes, and ants. I felt a detoxification and healing happen as we were immersed in the magic of hundred year old trees. I picked one beauty, I think a Ficus, to have an energy exchange with – what a moment of purification and gratitude.
Much fun was had at Renga Arts in Sebastopol, CA. Coastside artist Mauro FF has a show of his piano sculptures and paintings there for the month. He performed on his liberated piano to a full house.
Wouldn’t it be cool if students everywhere could just pop up their own rooms? I could just see campuses with these innovative structures. Hmmm, not a bad idea!
Check out more on what Dai Haifei created in China http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-12/01/content_11638327.htm
I love old suitcases and you gotta see what this artist does with them to make them even more beautiful and functional. bennett goodman: recycled furniture.
How’s this for recycling! Would most likely be pretty durable too. For more info go to haute.nature
I really connected with these collaged metal pieces made by Fabio Zanino. Reconstructed out of existing signage, they really make great use of the bold lettering and rusting surface. Check more of his work at http://www.zanino.com/index.html
I’m not ashamed to admit it, I hired an organizer. Sometimes I think it is just best to get some one to help me do a job I haven’t been able to tackle.
The professional I brought is a local coastside gal named Jeri Dansky. I met her through twitter believe it or not! Jeri is a pleasure to work with. She never made me feel like a bad girl who hadn’t cleaned her room.
On her first visit she walked around my art studio with a thoughtful look on her face, not saying a word. I followed behind her jabbering about why this area was a mess and why that was on the floor, etc. She stopped and turned to me and asked, “Do you like to have your stuff out?” I kinda thought it was obvious by the different piles I had. But what really surprised me next was when she said, “because we can organize things to be out so they can give you inspiration.” This was a totally new concept for me! Then I remembered going on tour through a Reggio Emilio preschool room. They believed in having materials out for kids to interact with throughout the day. They felt having access to art stuff allowed kids to incorporate art into their everyday life. I was in love with this idea!
What we did to organize things to be ‘out’ was to put like things together in open plastic boxes. My categories so far are: natural materials, ribbons and strings, different papers, found stuff, collage materials, seashells, metal things. We threw away a lot of stuff that was just junk and made a pile to shred. We went through 5 big shelves.
In a big heavy cardboard box on a top shelf I found my POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising International) Indians, all eight of them. After looking at the awards and talking about what I could do with the mini statues, I decided to put them on display on my bookshelf. Why you may ask. Well because they represented the best part of my hi tech merchandising career, the recognition by the industry of great store design, innovative merchandising, and hard work. The awards also remind me of how these skills can be helpful in my new interest in pursuing public art opportunities. Now looking at them I wondered why I had hidden them away.
Well I have much more to do, but I’m actually looking forward to organizing now!
Here’s Jeri Dansky’s info, and she loves working with artists.
Peter Bardy created a beautiful environment of found objects in the home where he cared for his aging parents.
You can read more about him at http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/41028432.html