It's a magical thing to watch a highly skilled or master craftsperson do their thing.
There is also something inherently magical about any of the spinning crafts, such as a potter's wheel or as in this case a wood lathe.
I came across this video and enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it with you.
The craftsman is making traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls, both fashioning the wood (I love how he connects the head to the body!) and painting the dolls with clean, deft strokes.
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If you're wondering why I have fallen behind in my usually weekly blog posts, I have been away, both teaching and learning.
I'm hard at work on some new blog posts, including a series about stepping outside of your comfort zone, which I hope you will enjoy – please re-visit my blog later this week and check them out!
"Art is longing.
You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will."
– Anselm Kiefer (contemporary German artist)
Under Pressure (left middle) and Turbulence (top centre) | Turbulence is made up of 5 custom wood panels made to display the image at an angle since it was being mounted on the mezzanine balcony but viewed from below. Designing the panels so they could break down but be assembled to form a single unit and considering how to hang them securely from the balcony (can't have these falling on people's heads!) were the main details that took some thought and recruiting the expertise of the Phil, who was in charge of fabricating the panels. I didn't even know if I would have help installing them but thankfully I did!
If you missed an earlier post about this installation,
just click on one listed below:
'Chains Unlinked' Mural Part Three: It All Starts Coming Together!
'Chains Unlinked' Mural: New Face & Hand & Adding Darks
'Chains Unlinked' Mural: From Diagram to Drawing, Part One
'Chains Unlinked' Day 5: the Installation is Done!
'Chains Unlinked' Day 4: Drawing Complete, Installation Begins
Chains Unlinked' Day 3: Drawing Almost Done!
Day 2: Wall Drawing for 'Chains Unlinked' Exhibition (updated)
'Chains Unlinked' Installation Day One Complete!
Anybody who's taken an experimental course with me (or my daily practice workshop) will be familiar with the fact that I liken myself to a “mad scientist” in my studio. It's a fun way of encapsulating the playful but serious work of trying, experimenting, finding out what doesn't work in order to find out what does.
My studio is generally full of experiments in various stages of development and observation.
In the photo above are three of the ingredients I am working with for some art-chemistry experiments. The chalk and the gum arabic I just purchased this weekend and can't wait to get mixing with, but first I have to re-prime part of the wall in my stairwell (see previous post on that by clicking this text).
I will keep you posted!
By-the-way, if experimenting like a “mad scientist” sounds like fun, it is, and if you're not doing enough of it yourself, why don't you set aside some playtime in your “laboratory”?
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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