Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Finding space to work, and a star is born!

Well, I must say that I am getting pretty good at finding ways to turn very little working space into a functional studio. I am currently working on my show for the DIVA for which I am building two large installation pieces. The first consists of many "scales" as I like to think of them of vellum paper which will be painted and then built into a 3d construction. The problem with oil painting 50 some pieces of paper in a one bedroom apartment is that there is nowhere to put them while they dry.

So! I set my brain to problem solving yet again and invented this drying rack made from dental floss, screws, paperclips, and tape. I must say it works pretty well too. It's not much to look at but it will help a lot! I'm going to have to write a book on making a studio out of a ten square foot space. (edit: The floss was slipping so I replaced it with floral-arrangement wire which is much stronger. It works great.)

Anyway, I have a ton of work to do for this show, but I still had time to star in some movies! My partner had to make some movies for a class and being the only free and available human nearby I am now a movie star. Here is a link to his movie of me working on a piece of art that is currently hanging at the WOW Hall.


Katura said...

Woo Hoo on the dental floss! Possibly even more useful than duct tape, when you stop to think about it...*grin*

Hey, that video was way fun. Were you using watercolor pencils? James Gurney was talking about that in a recent post on sketching supplies...it has been so long since I hauled out my darned wc pencils, nice to have a visual reminder of what cool effects they produce.

Rebecca J. Lubas said...

Yes, those were indeed wc pencils. I don't use them often but they make a nice contrast to the texture of ink.

And thanks for your inspiration to be creative with dental floss Katura!