Webs to Threads Exhibition Catalogue

Whether you missed the recent exhibition at ArtsKC or want to take another look at your favorite work from the show, you can now view the just released digital catalogue for Thread to Webs: The Textile Work of Rachelle Gardner-Roe.

This mobile-friendly publication caters to the casual observer as well as the art collector. Viewers can choose to stay within the confines of the publication, which include an introduction by the artist and exhibition statement, or choose to dive deeper with links for more detailed information about individual works and an online gallery where works are available for purchase. You can now view it all at your leisure.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center – Soft (and not so soft) Sculpture

I have been so busy that it’s hard to even decide what to write for this post. I should backtrack…

The Kickstarter Campaign was successful. Wooo!! After finding that out, I immediately had to race out to Aspen, CO and The Anderson Ranch Arts Center for my course in Soft Sculpture.

Aspen…yes. Beautiful, amazing, and of course, depressing to leave. Time flew. While it did fit in a smidge of site-seeing and one good hike, most of that time was spent in the studio – a beautiful and well-lit loft space.

A few of my studio cohorts! Such a wonderful crew!

Our teacher, Lynn Richardson was (and I’m sure still is) fantastic. She had the great attitude of, “Yeah! Let’s make this!” Exploration and invention was definitely encouraged. Here’s some of her fabric sculpture…

Red State by Lynn Richardson
2005
vinyl, nylon, steel, lights
20′ x 20′ x 18′

On that note, I’ll just start posting some of my experiments of combining casting resins and lace or other fabrics.

 Cast paper lace.  This was a tricky little mold to make, but I enjoyed the crystalline results when backlit. So much so, a studio cohort even helped me shoot a few videos of it spinning in light. There’s no thread in it (just bits of paper), but hey, it’s definitely lace! I am currently making a series of these in black. Small individually, they could fill a wall and look delicious.

 This is a hanging onion orb, if you will, using only red organza. I recently tried casting one in my own lace, but learned the hard way that I must use clear tints when using my lace – ope!

I donated this little piece to the Art Center’s Auctionette, where I heard it was happily snapped up. This is 100% cotton cast in red-tinted resin.       I am currently trying my hand at this technique to make a lace bowl. I hope to get it cast this weekend (fingers crossed).

Here are a few more studio shots of building the molds and mother molds.     

And finally here I am examining my experiments. I suspended all my little tests so by the end of the week I had a curtain of randomness behind me. I also cast a few fishing bobbers and had some fun little results (the intent is to work with the media on a larger scale, but for the workshop I worked on a small scale to conserve materials and make as many experiments as possible). But I’ll save that for later!

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

And the winner is….

Angela Hicks!

The drawing was 100% random (I entered everyone’s name in a spreadsheet in the order they entered and used random.org’s random number generator), but I have to say it’s a well-deserved pick. The Hicks received a piece of my early work as a wedding present, but it was destroyed in a house fire (along with pretty much everything else).

Now their abode can be Gardner-fied once again! Congratulations Angela for winning “Tree of Mine”!

“Tree of Mine” is Angela’s now!

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 :
  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.

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.

First of Ceramic/Fibers Hybrid Series – Neb

Sort of a tester. Just a little guy. First attempt to combine one of the pieces from the pit firing with some wool and silk that I had dyed. The wool was more of burgandy originally, but when carded (will try to post more on this process after July 4th) with pink to purple silk, it created a much better tone, and the silk adds nice sheen to the matte shetland wool.

image of neb front
neb 1 (front) : slip cast, pit fired earthenware; needle-felted silk & shetland wool : 3x3x2"
image of neb back
neb 1 (back) : slip cast, pit fired earthenware; needle felted silk & shetland wool : 3x3x2"

The name “Neb” refers to a spiral nebula, since they kept popping into my head as I felted this. Due to its small size, it’s simply shortened to “Neb.”

Pause After Pause – finished drawing

image of Pause After Pause
Pause After Pause - colored pencil on paper - 2010

This piece is made of two seperate drawings (scroll down to an earlier progress post and you will see). 

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And here is a detail shot …

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Pause After Pause detail

Not a wordsmith today. Here’s a little free association about what I’m thinking about here:  staccato motion, constant interuption, inability to move forward or move smoothly forward, one thing leads to another.

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Tech Humbug

Sorry that there aren’t any other pics besides the one below. I just switched my blog to a new server and no images transferred. So only text right now!

Third Friday Open Studios – The Last Huzzah

My year-long residency at the Bonfils Studios ends this month, so this will be my last open studio. I’ll have a variety of work on display, old and new, all recession-priced. Partnership Studios will also be having open studios, and The Paragraph Gallery will be opening the new show that night as well. All within walking distance…come see!

Bonfils Artist Studios
125 E. 12th St.
KCMO

Friday, April 17th
6-9 pm