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4
May-2012
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Art Fairs-’Tis the Season

I was in Oklahoma last weekend and it happened to be the weekend for the Oklahoma City Arts Fair, (in addition to the first game of the Thunder/Mavericks series,a baseball game and the Big 12 Rowing Competition…busy, busy, busy)
A few of the artists were really great, a few were good and several I’m still puzzling over how they got the rent money together?!…BUT if you are showing in the South and Midwest, where the heat and humidity roll over you, there is just about nothing you can do to sell a chenille, cowl neck, scarf like neck/shoulder/head covering except maybe put them on nude mannequins as skirts. They were beautiful and had I been even at room temperature I would have considered them but they were definitely a northern climate seller after March! Just seeing them made me go order a Mango-La at the Indian food booth to cool down.
Two of the booths I really liked were Paul Shatz Fine Art Photography www.paulshatz.com and Josh Brooke Cote www.cotesculpture.blogspot.com.
Paul Shatz photos were stunning and on his information sheet there was a photo of him submerged in a river with his large format camera on a tripod and all I could think was ‘LEECHES!!’ That is serious dedication and I appreciated the photos even more.
Josh Brooke Cote does these wire sculptures that I know from experience are labor intensive and require that you not be a hand model, (gloves will be your best friend). There were some great water creatures, the octopus being a favorite and also a rabbit riding an old tricycle. The combination of the wire sculptures and found objects was really fun.
I haven’t made it to the arts festivals here in the DFW area but there seems to be one every weekend somewhere around here and you need to be there when they open and the thermometer is low!

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3
May-2012
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Fly Away Little Mural

Well…We have resurfaced! This mural was a bit time consuming as it involved applying a LOT of gold leaf, (about 400 square feet) and then trying to get the paint to stick to the pretty gold surface. For anybody out there who has not worked with gold leaf, it is like trying to handle air. It gets a little warm in the studio (which is basically a 95′x 23′ warehouse space), which does cool down BUT you can NOT have a fan on while trying to apply gold leaf, disaster and hilarity will ensue, but mostly DISASTER! (I did, however, have festive hair – very sparkly). Also, I tend to hold my breath while applying the little gold leaf sheets and sometimes need to exhale, this will lead to little gold leaf wads if I don’t turn my head far enough to the side or, conversely, sparkly nostrils if oxygen is needed. Everyone should try it at least once, it is actually fun once you’ve got a system worked out.
So, the mural has been taken down, put into its shipping tube, flown to Laredo to wait for approval before heading to Santa Fe, Mexico, (a district of Mexico City I believe) and we have the canvas up for the next one which is headed to Canada.
We got a great deal through Dick Blick on the gold leaf since we ordered so much so check them out if you need some and ask for a better rate if getting mass quantities!
Fun With Gold Leaf

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14
Mar-2012
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Concert T-Shirts Wall Hanging

We just finished a project for some concert loving friends who have been collecting concert t-shirts for many years and did not feel that a quilt would really match the theme, (punk rock, mohawks, piercings and rebellion) of the collection. They liked the idea of a wall hanging but not the loose fabric style that would move as people passed it and stirred the air. We decided on a thin masonite panel covered with a charcoal grey felted wool so the panels would stay rigid, plus they have the added benefit of sound absorption because the room has a high peaked ceiling. The shirts are stretched over foam core and are attached to the panels with velcro so the hangings can be added to or rearranged if needed. The grommets and safety pins were added as part of the design for the cultural reference to the concerts they attended. If we had been able to represent the Mohawk hairdos of their youth we would have but they will just have to put up their photographic proof of that…I think over the fireplace would be good.

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7
Mar-2012
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creative life

Things have gotten a little hectic as we sprint towards the end of the school year and SUMMER! One to college, one to high school and one in a Fashion show next week , that would be Del’s first one- Mila Hermanovski showing on March 14 at Vibiana in LA

Booker T Washington is the Arts Magnet high school here in Dallas and that is where the high school bound child will be. What’s interesting is how hard the kids have to work to get in to a school that generally moves them towards careers in the arts and creative fields that many parents and adults in generations past have cringed at because it was a challenge to make a living on those skills alone. Del’s entire family comes from a background of artists, designers and architects, so not an eyelash was batted at his going to design school, (and they lived in New York so…not a stretch). I remember hearing suggestions that I also get a teaching degree (so I could do that to fill in “monetary gaps”), which I blithely ignored and went full steam ahead for a fine arts degree with no plan B.  Mila went to a fantastic high school, that today really encourages the students into new innovative and creative fields, but at the time had a guidance counselor that was not so encouraging about pursuing a career in fashion or arts. The people that suggested alternative job paths weren’t being critical of talents that they saw, they just thought life would be easier for us if we followed a more conventional path and they wanted us to make a decent living in the future.

What is interesting is how much of our world today is moved by the arts, creativity and out of the box thinking and how much encouragement I see being given to kids to pursue those interests with the end goal being a life’s work, (I am not referring to things like, “Dance Moms”-ugh!)  The emphasis now centers on doing something you love and doing it wholeheartedly in the belief that you’ll at least be happy with your choice and will enjoy working hard to be a success.

There is a great place called Studio Arts near White Rock lake that helps put kids with artistic talents on a path to develop skills with different art medias and gives them focus for where their strengths and weaknesses lie.  They are given specific assignments and time limits in which to get them done followed by critiques that allow them to look at their work objectively and go back and rework it if need be.  Barley Vogel owns and runs Studio Arts (with Jim Hastings (Dallas artist) help) and she does a great job getting to know the kids and getting beautiful work out of them. There are also several students that attend Booker T that work there too and can answer the questions of what to expect at an arts driven school.  Plus, as a bonus they help them organize their portfolios so they are not a chaotic mess when they are submitted for review.

One of the assignments was to go to a cafe and sit outside and do a drawing that would later be re-lined with India ink, then water colored.  This, of course,  was my cue to go to one of my favorite (Dallas) French bistros and have a glass of wine and read while Nik slaved away with his work (Starbucks does have tables outside, but sadly, no atmosphere).  It was between “Rise 1″ at Inwood Village and “Toulouse” on Knox.  Although Toulouse does have great people watching and pomme frites, Rise 1 won out because their patio had planters, flowers and a fountain (and the marshmellow soup (little goat cheese souffles floating around in tomato soup…FANTASTIQUE!)) but I digress…while I was enjoying the atmosphere,  (aside: we were the only ones on the patio because it was 4:15 on a work day and it was 90 degrees) one of the owners of the restaurant, Hedda Dowd, came out to see what we were doing. She was sooo lovely and effusive in her encouragement that Nik beamed for days. She wanted to know his plans for high school and recommended Booker T and she wanted him to bring the painting back when he was done for final viewing. He felt he was making the right choice before this encounter but that really solidified it for him.

The arts, it seems to us, are finally viewed as a viable option for employment by parents that in the past would have felt faint at the suggestion that their child go into such a fickle field…or maybe they have just seen enough miserable people in middle life chuck the careers that someone else wanted them to follow in order to pursue their real interests and start living happily. Who knows, but we’re happy that there are people and places all over that encourage the creative parts of our kids and believe that there is a productive future ahead of them.

 

 

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10
Feb-2012
by Marlowe
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Field trip to the DMA

Hello Everybody,

Before making our official inaugural blog posting, Del and I decided to take a break and go on a field trip.

Our website guru, Jason, (the Anvil Conspiracy) had just spent several hours going over the joys of social media and expressing his urgent pleas, or rather, DEMANDING, that we blog, tweet and pay attention to our Facebook page DAILY.  Consequently, with our brains aching, we decided to go to the Dallas Museum of Art and check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit which ends on Sunday, (it is moving to its final stop in the U.S. at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young, in March). http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/View/Gaultier/AboutJPG/index.htm

The show was really crowded, (so don’t wait until the last minute) but it is obvious why it was crowded…the show is fantastic! There is so much to look at and it is not all behind glass and too far away to see the detailing, I didn’t even need to get out the glasses or squint. There are great photographs, videos, information placards and of course the clothes.  Quite a few of the pieces have info on the number of hours a garment took to produce, (one took 1004 hours!) so you do need to look at those little info plaques if your prone to just glancing at them here and there.

Back to the studio…we both have an entirely separate wardrobe of paint covered clothes that could use some updating and now I’m thinking beadwork, tulle and leather might make them more fun but I will have to delay that project for now as we have a mural for Mexico to get started on AND I don’t really know how to sew.

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31
Jan-2012
by Marlowe
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Welcome

Welcome to the new web site and blog for Studio H Design.  Check back soon as we will be adding fun and interesting stuff on a semi-regular basis!

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