Friday, September 28, 2012

Big pics - small thoughts - pieniä ajatuksia isoista asioista

Oh no, this time I have to admit that things didn't go as I planned. I almost bought a camera that I really need but I bought only a world's smallest lens instead. Or I mean it feels like it is smallest I've ever had... It's Canon 40mm 2.8. A pancake lens. It's really funny and yes I took this blurry butterfly pic with it. Next week I will have a proper camera and hopefully photoshop because I'm getting symptoms of I have told you before that photoshop is part of photographer's identity...haha.

butterfly by gretchen

Why I photographed a butterfly? It is a little bit damaged scientific sample of Apollo butterfly. If I remember right I bought it from one second hand shop in Stockholm few years ago. Butterflies are fascinating. Metamorphosis and ephemeral life...but I think this Apollo has a timeless aura and strong connection to life and death. I photographed it because I wanted to tell and show you this little creature which exists in a little bit freeky way and that's why it might exist longer than any of us even though it's damaged. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fiber art vol. 4 - leijuvia lankoja

Amanda McCavour
Super-spiro-scripple Density Test, 2010

If you've been wondering why I write so much about fiber art that is simply because I feel that I'd love to do some also. I get inspiration from these talented women. And the last artist is Amanda McCavour. She has different and challenging technique as you can see. Work looks very fragile and it's floating in the air. I admire all these skilled women. They must have a lot of patience...

Jos ihmettelet miksi kirjoittelen juuri tekstiilitaiteesta niin selitys löytyy omasta halustani kokeilla kyseistä taidemuotoa. Mutta muutenkin on kiva kirjoitella inspiroivista asioista. Ja tekijöiden esittely tuntuu tällä hetkellä mukavalta tutustumisretkeltä muiden taiteilijoiden töihin ja työtapoihin. Kunpa itseltä löytyisi yhtä pitkää kärsivällisyyttä ja pieteettiä kuin näiltä naisilta!

Amanda McCavour

"For as long as I can remember I have been drawing and crafting things out of paper, glitter, glue, plastic beads and string. This is my foundation for an interest in material exploration. It continues to interest me that folding and cutting paper, can transform a blank sheet into a snowflake or that knotting embroidery floss can create a patterned bracelet.  It is these slight shifts in materials that still drives me to make work."

Amanda McCavour
Living Room, 2010-2011 photo by Agata Piskunowitcz

"My interest lies in creating spaces and objects that lie somewhere between real and drawn. I am interested in thread's assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together."

Amanda McCavour
Floating Garden (detail), 2011 photo by Cheryl Rondeau

Amanda McCavour
Stand-In for Home (detail), 2009-2010

Amanda McCavour
Compound Tangle (detail) 2007

I love those hands.

You can read more about Amanda here.
Her upcoming shows here.

All photos copyright Amanda McCavour. 

This is the last post of 4 fiber artists. If you haven't seen previous ones - go and see  Joetta Maue, Julia Elsas and Daniaelle Simonsen. It was great fun to make this series and thank you for being here and hope you got some good vibrations! more thing. An interesting place I found just yesterday TextileArtsCenter. Great place to get inspiration, courses and something even more! And if you have someone in mind - who is also great fiber artist or artist - do tell me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fiber art vol. 3 - lankoja ja kauneutta

Daniaelle Simonsen
Bear Fight (detail), 2009

Daniaelle Simonsen

"I always start out with a drawing on tracing paper. From there, I make a mess of fabrics and threads on my desk and sort out what will work best for the piece. That's my favorite part of the process."

Daniaella Simonsen
Wolf Fight (detail), 2009

Her work is beautiful. 

"I'm obsessed with loveliness. I desire to find beauty and delicacy in my subject matter, which usually contains a small piece of my life story. In that sense, I am embellishing my life to appear more ethereal and beautiful than it is or can be."

Daniaelle Simonsen
Atonement (detail), 2009

Daniaelle Simonsen
Atonement, 2009

Daniaelle Simonsen
Rise and Fall, 2012

Skilled drawing.

She will be showing her work in November in Tokyo at the Shinjyuku Ganka Gallery. It is a group show.

One more to show. There is always something new.

Daniaelle Simonsen
Sun is Going Down, 2012

If you want to know more about Daniaelle and her work go to see her website or read her blog. If you missed 2 previous artist - here they are Joetta Maue and Julia Elsas.

All photos copyright Daniaelle Simonsen. 

To be continued...with one more artist. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fiber art vol. 2 - kuituja ja käsitteitä

Julia Elsas
grey group 2012

Her name is Julia Elsas.  Her work differs from Joetta's a lot. Her color palette is narrower and much more minimalistic. Now with her own words and pictures. 

Julia Elsas

Julia Elsas
cyanotype 2012

"I am particularly interested in fabrics that are traditionally used in and associated with women’s intimate apparel, because I see them as suggestive of the tension between the revealed and the concealed in acts of courtship, flirtation, and sensuality."

Julia Elsas
uh-huh,yeah 2009

"I am interested in the universal human mating dance, which I see as a suspenseful and ambiguity-filled game. I explore the subtleties and tensions of desire and voyeurism."

Julia Elsas
untitled 2009

"In my work, I use my own body as the medium through which I investigate longing, self-reflection, relationships, and sexual and emotional tension."

All photos copyright Julia Elsas.

You can find more about Julia and her work from her website

Upcoming show:

a benefit auction at Dieu Donné:
Dieu Donné Benefit Exhibition
Dieu Donné

315 W. 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

September 20 - October 11, 2012

Opening Reception: September 20, 2012

Event and Auction: October 16, 2012

If you want to see or read more about fiber art, you can also go to see Fiber Art Now magazine or their pinterest boards. I found Bookself board most interesting. If you missed the first artist - Joetta Maue, you can find her here.

To be continued...2 more artist coming up.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fine fiber art - tekstiilitaiteilijan jalanjäljillä

During this week I will introduce 4 interesting artists and their work. Fiber art is something that you don't see everyday, yet. But we do use different kind of fibers in our everyday living. Actually we can't live without fibers. We need our clothing and it's nice to have bed linen and carpets, towels, curtains... so many things. And what else can get as close to us as our clothing? 

Tällä viikolla esittelen sinulle 4 mielenkiintoista tekstiilitaiteilijaa. Se on mielestäni taidemuoto, joka elää edelleen hieman marginaalissa. Voin toki olla väärässäkin mutta joka tapauksessa ensimmäisenä on vuorossa Joetta Maue, jonka loistavan Connective thread -blogin kautta löysin myös nämä 3 muuta taiteilijaa, joihin palaan tällä viikolla. Mutta nyt on Joettan vuoro. 

Joetta Maue
2 sides by Joetta Maue 2012

When I started to seek and read blogs I found Joetta Maue's curated blog called Connective thread. You can find it from my blog's sidebar from category Brilliant blogs. I knew that fiber art existed but it's world was quite new thing to me. I was really glad when I found Joetta's work and many other talented fiber artists through her blog. In Joetta's work I really like the warmth of the moment. Somehow I feel that fiber art is close to my heart because it is connected to sewing, embroidery, knitting, braiding etc. I started sewing when I was very young. I made a lot of my own clothing. My dream was that I'd be a famous fashion designer someday. Well, now I'm a photographer and I love my profession. But maybe my dream is still alive somewhere in back of my head. I will just introduce these talents to you and I won't be making any interpretations about their work. I show you artist's work with their own words how they describe their starting point and work. I think that way you get best of it.

Joetta Maue

"My work starts by observing life and living it. My work documents the moments in intimacy that I want to relish and celebrate or that I want to investigate further. The text work is a documentation of the inner dialogue that occurs within ones mind in regards to love and intimacy.  I usually start with the idea and then turn that into a drawing that becomes the piece. But sometimes the idea comes spontaneously."

Joetta Maue

Joetta Maue

 And her older favorite dancing girl...

Joetta Maue
she danced ... ,
hand embroidered, appliquéd, cut, and stained re-appropriated linen,
As installed at Parlour Antics, Brooklyn NY 2011

Joetta Maue
8 months,
hand embroidered, appliquéd, & painted re-appropriated linen with found cloth, 44 x 85 in. 2011

There's lot more about her and her work in her website and her personal blog littleyellowbirds.

Lisää tietoa ja kuvia Joettasta hänen omilla sivuillaan tai blogissa littleyellowbirds.

All photos by Joetta Maue.

You can find her work at the moment:

September 10 - October 05 2012  
Hugh N. Ronald Gallery at Arts Place. Portland, Indiana.


September 23 – January 13, 2013 

The artists in Self/Fabricated - Ilona Anderson, David Curcio, Wylie Garcia, Jan Johnson, Joetta Maue, Leslie Schomp, and Candice Smith Corby - re-examine the use of cloth originally used for craft and domestic activity as a new means to paint or “draw” on or from...
The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA. 

To be continued...

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