Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Stephanie Lee and Old Montaneeee

Have you ever noticed that the old sidekicks in Westerns always change there letter "A" pronounciation? For instance....the old haggerd sidekick cooks beans over a campfire and says,

"I haven't had fixin's this good since was in Californeeeee". Given the image I chose, I should probably have him saying, "Say hello to my little friend" (Al Pacino Scarface accent)

I'm not really sure what the deal is with the "A"/"E" switch but I thought I'd point it out. I think it may only be used for locations, i.e. Arizoneee, Coloradeee, because I'm pretty sure sidekicks always say "arugula" and not "aruguleee" when making a salad.

Okay so speaking of Montaneee, my buddy Stephanie Lee is coming to teach a workshop in the beautiful Swan Valley (Valleeeee near my neck of the woods in Missouleeee).If you don't know Stephanie, make sure you check out here book Semi-Precious Salvage - Creating Found Art Jewelry.She jumped on the teaching curcuit about a year or two ago and is going crazy now. Unfortunately I'm going to be gone whilst (this is Judy's influence...I would normally say "while") Stephanie is in my neck of the woods but not to worry, Judy and I will be in Portland in no time and we'll be able to hang with Stephanie there.
So here's the skinny on the class. Sept 14- 17th Here's the link: http://artfulgathering.blogspot.com/2008/07/stephanie-leean-artful-gathering-on.html

In you're in the area have give yourself a treat.


Monday, August 18, 2008

LoBue deMeng class

Hey guys,

For those of you who are doing the special class BOXED IN, HUNG UP AND WORN OUT Keith LoBue and I are teaching, we finally got our supply list together. I broke them up into two sections...you might find a couple of crossover items, but this is what we are going to play with:

The deMeng requirements

Supply List:

  1. Box or nook -of some sort to house your precious object. Could be anything from a cigar box to a hubcap…the important part is that smaller piece fits inside.

  2. Various found objects- if you gots em, bring em. Anything and you can think of. If you can’t use what you bring I’m sure someone in the class will find something to do with the goods. Other ideas might include mesh, screen, wire and string…and ooooohhhh Mica…fun stuff.

  3. Interesting nails and or screws (we’ll use them for both structure and aethetics

  4. Molding Paste (Golden or Liquitex)

  5. Matte Medium Gel

  6. Paints: Acrylic (Golden brand -preferably fluids – the tubes and jars will work too, the colors are the key)
    Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold,
    Carbon or Mars Black,
    Pthalo Green blue shade,
    Dioxazine Purple,
    Quinacridone Crimson,
    Payne’s Gray

  7. Optional Paints for Metalic effects
    Interference colors (blue, green, violet),
    Iridescent colors (i.e. silver, gold, bronze, copper, etc.)
    Micaceous Iron Oxide

  8. Glues:
    Liquid Nails Clear or E6000
    Epoxy Putty (not a liquid. 3 minute, 5 minute, ore 10 minute get it in the plumbing section of the hardware store)

  9. Books, Magazine, and other paper ephemera,

  10. Brushes (small to medium, including detail brushes)

  11. Palette paper or wax paper

  12. Optional items or suggestions to enhance the class project:
    Basic tools like pliers, wire cutters, etc.
    Heat gun.
    Dremel with cut off wheel

the LoBue requirements:

Papering Over it: Collaging the Found ObjectThis exciting workshop will allow participants to leap off of the two-dimensional paper plane and attach to, encase and embellish the wide world of dimensional objects. Working with found-object jeweler Keith Lo Bue, students will learn the proper archival methods of adhering beautiful antique papers to metal, glass, wood and much more.
The list below contains things you will be certainly using in the workshop, and to avoid having to wait for a communal tool to become available, you should plan on getting them for the class:
• 'Re-bar tie wire' (found for under $5 in hardware stores in the construction materials section, near the cinder block and chain-link fencing. IMPORTANT: make sure it is steel or iron wire, NOT galvanized!...it should be dark grey-black). If you are travelling light, snip off about 1/4 of the roll which should be plenty. No need to bring the whole roll...it's heavy!• DAP brand KWIK-SEAL Kitchen & Bath caulk- CLEAR: Available at Home Depot and other hardware stores...here's what it looks like: <http://www.dap.com/media/product_photos/KWIKSEALKitchen.aspx>
• 1 small bottle each (Matte, Satin, Gloss) of JO SONJA'S water-based Polyurethane VARNISHES: Here's what they look like: <http://www.dickblick.com/zz007/12a/> Available at many craft-supply stores like Michael's, etc. If you can't get all three, try to at least get Matte and Gloss.
• Small bottle of PVA glue <http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/44/>
• Water-clear epoxy <http://www.ottofrei.com/store/product.php?productid=3457>• an assortment of brushes• tweezers
• plastic cups to mix paint/glue in
• PAPER! You can bring old books, new books, artist-made papers, any kind of paper that interests you! I will be showing some techniques specific to fibre-based papers, that is, either hand-made artist papers, or books that are from earlier than 1910 or so. So if you can, try to bring at least 1 old book that you have made up your mind can be taken apart.
• Assortment of found objects to play with: this may include wooden or metal boxes/tins, scraps of metal, glass, wood, plastic, etc. For a wide-open list of possible objects to bring, check out the list of 'raw materials' in my Precious Little supply list here: <http://www.lobue-art.com/precious_little-supplies.html> Don't be intimidated by that list, please, it's simply a sampling of potential items. Bring materials that thrill you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Here Kit-ty Kit-ty

Kits are coming...not kittens, but kits. Time to pre-order some cool kits due in October.

Christine has been working away trying to perfect the Morpheus Box kit and finally she has done so. Those of you who took my class this year will know all about it. It has a spinneeee device (techincal term) in the center and gives you the chance for four different images in the box. Give it a whirl. http://www.theartistsnook.net/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=501

The other kit that Christine is getting in is the Printers Tray. I'm working out a class proposal as we speak...or...type...rather. http://www.theartistsnook.net/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=500

Drop Christine a line and let her know if you're interested...


(not sure where this image is from...but way cool)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dynamic Duos

Sorry for the looooooooooooong delay in posting. Where to begin….I guess where I left off.

Lo Bue/deMeng class: Well my last post eluded to the formation of a class with Keith and myself. Well it is a go and Glenny of Art and Soul added another couple days of classes for us…as well as Judy. It will feel like I'm back in Sydney. So here is the skinny on the class. By the way I'm not Robin....I'm Batman...sorry Keith. If you're interested go here

BOXED IN, HUNG UP AND WORN OUT Join assemblage artists Michael de Meng and Keith Lo Bue as they combine forces for the first time to present this energetic workshop of discovery and assembly. Students will create a personal shrine or housing using de Meng's guidance, and as the piece comes together, Lo Bue will work with students to develop a wearable piece that nestles into its new home. Each instructor shares their own divergent yet harmonious creative and technical viewpoints with the class, as over two industrious days an intimate and unique 'piece-within-a-piece' takes shape. Sure to be a memorable experience and one not to be missed!

Now…sounds like fun doesn't it…well it will be. It will be fascinating working with another artist in a classroom. I should mention that I had envisioned a slightly more deMengian class description…but one must compromise in these occasions. Here was my original class description before we merged. I add this because if you take the class and see me in a giant fig outfit…you'll know why.
Boxed in (deMengian version)

Back in the olden days, you may recall a commercial for Fig Newtons. It consisted of a guy in a Fig suit dancing to the famous lyrics: Ewy, gooey, rich and chewy inside. Golden, flaky, tender on the outside. Wrap the inside with the outside it's a good, darn, tootin! Call it the Big Fig Newto...here's the tricky part...the Big Fig Newton...one more time! The Big Fig Newton!!! Now Keith Lo Bue and Michael deMeng are doing a class based on this famous pop culture sequence. Keith will be in charge of the Ewy, gooey, rich and chewey inside…and Michael, the golden, flaky, tender on the outside. Okay…perhaps this description isn't exactly accurate…but it sort of is; an interior/exterior piece of art. In this class students will be creating two pieces in one; they will be creating a smaller found object art piece that will fit nicely into an larger assemblage shrine. The internal relic will be created under the guidance of Keith Lo Bue (a.k.a. No Glue Lo Bue) and fashioned using a variety of his techniques. A larger reliquary will be created with the assistance of Michael "I eat glue" deMeng using a variety of processes including, assemblage, collage and painting. *note: these are not two separate classes! Michael and Keith will be putting their artistic differences aside (for two days only) and will working side by side in the classroom. It will be a grand opportunity for students to simultaneously experience two found object artists with dramatically different approaches.

We're looking forward to the process.

Fast forward to March….Bali Dynamamic Duo part 2 (I'm still Batman)

Judy and I are doing the Bali combo class…so what we haven't shown you is the form…we will be working form. As you may remember we be working in the form of a Balinese temple that can be opened up with separate sacred compartments. My portion of the class will focus on the exterior structure and Judy's, the interior. So far we only have images of the temple, but more on the way from Judy. If you're interested click here:

Hope to see you all there.