It’s August and that blows my mind. I’ve made a lot of peace signs but that’s not all I have been doing. I made 3 mosaic tops this week that I will turn in to plant stands. I have been selling assorted art and scrapitecuals at the Wilmington flea market this summer. In the spirit of better marketing (thanks Jen and Megan) I will perhaps start posting to this here blog in advance of the market. Not only did I make three plant stand tops I also assembled a plant stand too. I picked up some fence pickets today that may or may not end up being today’s peace project. The garlic fest is less than a month away and I need to start planning my garlic item. So I definitely have more than enough stuff to keep me busy.
Number 39 is made from walnut. I was thinking about violence and fear today. Fear is a funny thing. So is bravery. We all have fears. Little things that we brush up against and ignore. Big things that we smash into and ignore. Having too much fear is just as debilitating as not having enough. How often do we lash out in fear? Fear can connect us if we let it and it can tear us apart. Courage is more than conquering fear. It starts with acceptance. It’s being afraid and doing the right thing anyway. 39 down 326 to go.
It’s day 14 and I was thinking about the finality of violence versus a purposeful declarative peace. Today’s peace is made from scrap maple. I drew an exclamation point with pencil and cut out the peace sign on the scroll saw. I originally had this as one piece but It looked like a peace sign wearing a hat not an artist rendering of an exclamation point. Seperating it made it look more exclamation point-like. Though now looking at it, the top is starting to look like a distorted outline of the state of Vermont. Whatever works. It’s another peace sign.
It’s Friday the Thirteenth, which means I am on the verge of marking two weeks of peace. 13 days. a bakers dozen of peace. Today’s Peace is made from some rough cut pine used as paneling in a small shed. I drew the circle and fuse with a ball point pen and cut it on the scroll saw. I painted the peace bomb, fuse, and explosion with poster paint.
11 days of peace. I found more 1/4″ poplar! I can’t remember why I have so much! I cut out a small circle and lightly sanded the edges. I cut the circle in half and then cut a 30 degree wedge from each half circle. After making the cuts I arranged the 4 pieces so that the space between the wedges would form the shape of the peace sign. I wanted to add contrast and I had some old 1/4″ red cedar closet liner so I cut that into strips and filled the spaces with the cedar.
In December I was asked to make a small work of art that used scrap materials and could be explored visually and through touch. I had been thinking about incorporating shapes with different thicknesses to give more texture and depth to the mosaic wall pieces and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to experiment and make something different. Most of the mosaics I make give the illusion of depth visually, but intentionally adding a third dimension that would have to function as a visual element and be interactive was daunting. I had a few days to come up with ideas and a week to ship it. My original concept was to take a bunch of shapes arrange them into a mess and cut that mess into a circle. I played around with patterns. Maybe I should make a tree? that would be cool. I decided that I was only going to use triangles. a tree triangle, not exactly breaking new ground but it would be something. Continue reading
Yes it turns out you can play the drums if you can count and hit things. You can’t play well but that wasn’t the question. It’s also really important to practice. My goal is to play drums on at least one fawm song this year. I haven’t spent all my time counting and hitting I have also been working in the shop. I have two really cool barn board mosaics that I am finishing and i have been working on more abstract 3 dimensional stuff too.
I am not a resolution kind of person but I do hope to expand my creativity in 2017 and use the things I learned, opportunities I was given in 2016 to keep progressing and adding to my show schedule and skill set. I am also planning a year long project 365 days of peace. every day I will make a different peace sign every day for a year. I posted the first one to to twitter yesterday because word press was down when I had the idea and wanted to commit to the project.
when I first got into wood working I learned how to cut on a scroll saw by cutting out peace signs. it was a great way to learn inside cuts and outside cuts. It taught me how to cut curves and straight lines. So this project is a return to my roots I guess.