Last Week for the Aspen Adventure!

Last Week for The Aspen Adventure on Kickstarter!

We are in the final week for fundraising for The Aspen Adventure – Casting Lace Sculpture! At this point, the project is 43% funded with only a few days left to reach the $1000 goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising platform (for good reason), so unless the $1000 mark is reached by the end of Friday, no funds will go towards the project.

What happens then? Well, I will still learn how to cast lace sculpture, but won’t actually be able to make it. This process will require a dedicated studio space when I return from the Arts Center, and I’ve already found the right space at a great price. Without the Kickstarter funding, the project will have to be subsidized by the studio budget.

You’re contribution, no matter how small, has a direct and significant impact on the outcome of this project. So, I’m busy preparing lace samples for testing, such as the lace/felt combo you see above. I’d love it if you could share this with one other person who might not know about the project otherwise!

Few of us are in the position of being major donors to projects like the Kauffman Center or large museums. Here you can be a significant donor to something smaller, but unique. Your contribution will be meaningful in taking sculpture in a new and unique direction.

Here are some images of a few of the rewards for your participation that you may not have seen:

New Reward – Tree of Yours framed in black glass – $20 Reward Level

Bad Vibes Filtration Devices ($25 Reward Level)
Hang a Bad Vibes Filtration Device by your door and let it remind you to stop and release some of those bad vibes before you walk out the door. Stitched with symbolic images of objects that transform, cleanse, and are filled with potential energy, such as lotus pods, leaves, nuts and berries.

 

Blooming ($40 Reward Level) – hand made lace brooch, seen below in “Shimmey.” See Kickstarter Page to view additional color option.

If you haven’t already, please visit my Kickstarter page to see a plethora of lacy rewards, from books marks, prints, and even large textile works!

All support is appreciated, down to the price of a cup of coffee and all supporters will receive credit in the exhibitions that result from this project. We’re in the last few days, so if you’ve been on the fence, now is the time!

View The Aspen Adventure: Casting Lace Sculpture on Kickstarter

I hope you can join me on this journey and see lace in a whole new way.

All the best,
Rachelle Gardner

www.rmgardner.com

Bad Vibes Filtration Devices (in lace)

Bad juju? Hang a Bad Vibes Filtration Device by your door and let it remind you to stop and release some of those bad vibes before you walk out the door. Stitched with symbolic images of objects that transform, cleanse, and are filled with potential energy, such as lotus pods, leaves, nuts and berries. Only available through my Kickstarter project through this coming Friday (July 13).

Select your color: Anja Purple or Absorb Black.

What do you do to clear up your bad vibes? Do you have a little ritual, something that helps you hit the “reset” button?

Samples for Casting – Preparing for the Aspen Adventure

While I focus on lace, I have incorporated felt into that lace, which will be a component of some of the tests I will do at The Anderson Ranch Arts Center. To find out more about my project to cast lace sculpture, please check out THE ASPEN ADVENTURE on Kickstarter.

An example of such felt lace can be see in Seeing the Signs. While it can appear opaque, a bit of back light proves otherwise.

I am certain this sheer play of felt, thread and color can go farther, so one of my samples that I have prepared for my time at The Anderson Ranch Arts Center includes this technique to test translucency in the casting process.

This sunshine yellow hand-dyed wool absolutely glows when back-lit.

But is a yummy sunshine yellow even when it’s not back lit! I included hints of melon and orange  wool for accents as well. Just for flavor.

If you haven’t seen my Kickstarter page to help fund my project at The Anderson Ranch Arts Center this summer, please check it out!

Just for kicks, here is where all that bright, colorful wool comes from!

Baaaaaaaaaa!

The Aspen Adventure: Let the Kickstarter Begin!

cotton stitched tree on card

Whew. It is out there in the world. My first little baby of a crowd-sourced fundraising project. For others to decide whether it is worthy or not. Ego? Checked at the door, my friend. Checked at the door.

This is one component of a large lace puzzle. I’ll write more about that puzzle later, but for now let me introduce you to…

The Aspen Adventure: Casting Lace Sculpture

By the time you read this, I will have 16 days or less to raise the funds I need to make this happen. Please (pretty with a cherry on top) take part, share, and revel in the lace goodies I have prepared for you.

I am determined to bring lace sculpture to my city and the cities around me. You can make this happen. And by the way, what I have in mind ain’t your grandma’s lace (nothing against your grandma).

cotton stitched tree on card

On to Arkansas: Interdependencies to Exhibit in the South

textile collage

Racking it up state by state.

Interdependency #3 & Interdependency #4 were accepted into the 2012 Annual Juried Art Competition at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, AR. The exhibition will run from July 6 – 31, 2012.

textile collage
Interdependency # 3 : cotton lace, silk, cheesecloth, thread, wood & glass beads, metal, acrylic paint

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textile collage

Interdependency # 4: silk, cotton, cheesecloth, thread, raku-fired porcelain, seeds, acrylic paint

These were fun, intuitive pieces to do. I allowed them to grow into what they wanted to be, which can be a challenge for my brain that is usually shouting, “Plan, Plan, Plan!” at the top of its mental lungs. I also used the opportunity to use some of porcelain buttons I had made quite a while ago and had been yearning to find a good use for.

One State at a time: Unable to Divide Heads to Maryland

Unable to Divide, a lace work piece in red, orange, and yellow thread has been accepted into the national juried exhibition, Fiber Options: Material Explorations, hosted by the Maryland Federation of Art.

It will exhibit in Annapolis, MD from July 19 to August 11, 2012. I was one of 65 artists chosen from over 300 entries.

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This meaning of this work draws from some of my mental struggles with incorporating tenants of yogic philosophy (I’m a certified yoga teacher, btw). While I can intellectually understand certain contepts, the practice and experience of it can be quite another thing, especially with this over-chatty brain of mine. What can I say, I’m a work in progress. 🙂

Lace Sculpture Test

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Last weekend, I dabbled in 3-D lace sculpture. This is to one, be able to show the artist I’ll be studying under in Colorado the type of 3D forms I am thinking of and two, I am starting work on yet another proposal for a potential residency in 2013 and need to show examples of my thought process.  Here’s the result of the first attempt. It’s a wee thing, around seven inches in length, five inches high.

Last Call on Artwork Giveaway. Plus Bonus Entry!

The contest ends today!
Share, forward and toss gently to those who you like enough to want them to win!

–I wouldn’t mind if you shared with others too, but, you know, I’ll leave that to you.- 🙂

PLUS: TODAY ONLY BONUS ENTRY FOR TWITTER
Retweet Today’s Tweet & get an extra entry!

Tree of Mine / 100% cotton thread / 9 x 9″ / 2012

 You can enter the drawing by doing one or more of the following and posting what you did in the comments section :
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You must make a separate comment below confirming each action you take. Pretty please. This is how I track your entries!

Each action counts as one entry, so do all three, and get three chances to win! Deadline for entries is May 31, 11:59pm, CST. Open to continental US only.

First Ever Artwork Giveaway!

Yup. This lacework piece based on Can’t See the Forest for the Tress, (now on display at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS), could be yours. For free. For real.

Tree of Mine / 100% cotton thread / 9 x 9″ / 2012

 You can enter the drawing by doing one or more of the following and posting what you did in the comments section :
  1. Subscribe to my blog via email (click Home & see right sidebar), RSS feed, or Google reader.
  2. Like my Facebook Artist Page (NOT my personal facebook page)
  3. Follow me on Twitter
You must make a separate comment below confirming each action you take. Pretty please. This is how I track your entries!

Each action counts as one entry, so do all three, and get three chances to win! Deadline for entries is May 31, 11:59pm, CST. Open to continental US only.