Thinking Inside, Outside, and All Around the Box

Organizer basket by Donna Stouffer
Organizer basket by Donna Stouffer
Peep Show by Joan Hiser
Peep Show by Joan Hiser
Pill Box Hat by Paula Lewis
Pill Box Hat by Paula Lewis

Monday night we had the big reveal of our 2016 Yellow Breeches Chapter Challenge – Boxes. I’ll start with all of the other fabulous boxes that were shared and end with my finished product – Zigzagery. The first box was Paula Lewis’ Pill Box Hat, it was a fun addition!

 

Bird House by Allen Swainston
Bird House by Allen Swainston
The inner beaded box by Kimberly Swenson
The inner beaded box by Kimberly Swenson

We had woodworkers who brought a puzzle box (Jim Whetstone), a bird house (Allen Swainston), and gourd/woodcarving rendition of a “peep” show by Joan Hiser.

We had a stained glass box by Dan Hayward, a glass mosaic box by Kimberly Swenson that housed the box she really wanted to make which was a beaded masterpiece, and Donna Stouffer created an organizer basket box full of little tiny baskets!

Puzzle box by Jim Whetstone - created in a similar vein to my 2015 piece Scavenger
Puzzle box by Jim Whetstone – created in a similar vein to my 2015 piece Scavenger
Chain maille Marble Box by Leslie Halaby-Moore
Chain maille Marble Box by Leslie Halaby-Moore

Leslie Hallaby-Moore wanted to create a chain maille box and she made one to hold a marble (so she doesn’t lose it). Connie Hollenbaugh made a dragon cave box that had painting, etching, beading, and clay.

Shots of Connie Hollenbaugh's Dragon Cave
Shots of Connie Hollenbaugh’s Dragon Cave

The best thing was that everyone had a story to go with their box. Many times it was a story of frustration, but that just led to learning a new way of doing things. As you can see the results were fun and fabulous!

You can see all these boxes live and in person at the Yellow Breeches Chapter Booth at the Carlisle Harvest of the Arts next weekend (September 24, 2016) in Carlisle, PA where you can also find the booths of many of these and other fine craftsmen.

Stained Glass box by Dan Hayward
Stained Glass box by Dan Hayward
And finally my piece, Zigzagery ©2016 WTEK brass, nickel
And finally my piece, Zigzagery ©2016 WTEK brass, nickel

The Power of Imperfection

Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK
Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK

In school we’re taught geometry – circles, squares, triangles. They are precise, perfect, you can use math to make them (technically I guess you can use math to make any shape…) But they can be so sterile! (except triangles, they are so varied and pointy I can’t help but love them.) And it can be hard to create perfection. When something is so simple every imperfection shows.

Dolmen Pendant - definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK
Dolmen Pendant – definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK

Give me instead organic, slightly wonky forms. Rounded triangles, ovals, egg shapes, unidentifiable shapes. Keep it balanced, but teetering on the edge. While I may have had problems with somethings at the Olympics, I did

What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK
What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK

love Rio’s overlapping guitar pick shapes logo for the games. I even feel like they might have stolen it out of my head, it could easily have been a pendant design.

These kind of shapes have more of a connection to me, this earth, reality as we know it. Those perfect circles and squares are just ideals. Give them any time in the real world and they start to evole, erode, and generally fall apart. But I guess entropy is math too…

2nd Quarter 2016 Goal Check-In (just a little late)

Wendy’s 2016 Goals

yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00
yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00
  • Solo Exhibition
  • Blog Post Every 4 Days Every Week
  • 4-8 Group Exhibitions
  • Representation in 1-3 New Galleries √
  • 12 7 Major Finished Pieces
  • 1-2 Art/Networking Events per Month

Obviously I’m a little late getting this posted for the 2nd quarter’s goal check-in. Just know that there is a lot of turmoil going on in other non-metal parts of my life that have been intruding too much into these better areas that I would prefer to focus on. Depression can be a real bugger.

Let’s start with the first goal – solo exhibition. I don’t have any concrete news on this front, but I have been getting out there and contacting galleries about this. So active work is happening and that I am happy about. Hopefully soon I’ll get something more concrete to share with you.

You can tell that even with the decreased blog post count I’m not exactly where I wanted to be with this. I’m back on track now though to continue giving you content once a week.

As well as continuing to have work at JAM Gallery, I had a few pieces in the PA Guild of Craftsmen Instructor & Student Exhibition in February and the Community Art Show at the Lancaster Museum of Art is going on right now. So that’s two of 4-8 group exhibitions down. Plus Handmade Holidays 7 will be this December. That’s three!

The pattern for the It's further than this now, believe me! ©2016 WTEK
It’s further than this now, believe me! ©2016 WTEK

I’m at the same level of galleries since the last check in, so that’s OK. I wouldn’t mind adding another before the holidays, but I also haven’t been working actively on that this quarter.

The 12 finished major pieces will not be an attainable goal. That was based on making mostly sculpture, and I have been working on some more jewelry and just in a general slow down in regards to making right now (see note above.) I have three finished sculptures and I am almost done with my box for the 2016 YBC Challenge, so that will be four. I will be working on jewelry after that for my upcoming Holiday craft show and HH7, so probably I’ll be able to get maybe 1-2 other major pieces finished this year. Hard to say yet though.

I have been making it out to at least 1 art/networking event each month, so Yay Me! I still need to up the ante, so I can always improve this one.

How about you? Are you hitting your waypoints in 2016?