So Much Going On

We’re working with a web-designer on a brand new web-site!  It’s gonna be beautiful and sexy and provide detailed images and lots of video!  Watch for it to go online in a few weeks.

Also you can see our work featured on the sets of The Spiel with Angie and Julie on Saturday mornings on FoxTV.  See episodes on Spielon.com

Today’s Progress

Robin worked on writing the new business plan in preparation for the coming changes.

I on the other hand had fun.  This image shows today’s progress.  Some of these beads are wired in,  while others are laid in place, waiting to be wired and wrapped into the wing structure.  Odd how much of my work, beginning back in the 80’s and continuing till now, in several different media have included some form of wrapping or binding.  With this series of insect sculptures (to be followed soon by birds and mythical creatures) I am using the wire as a skeletal structure as well as a decorative binding element of the total design.

The wing is pictured here lying on black foamboard which obscures the color of the transparent beads.  I’ve decided to use both transparent and opaque glass beads.  I thumb tack the wing to the board while I layout the bead pattern.  Some of the glass beads have to be fabricated or altered at this point–reshaping or shortening them with a grinder.  When I have a workable design I then photograph it before removing the beads to prepare for wiring them in place, using the photo as a guide.  I can see at this point I want to remove the 5 largest red beads in the center and replace with smaller red cylindrical ones.   in progress

FREEDOM!

I couldn’t be more excited!  Robin and I now have more freedom than we’ve had in a very long time to commit to making the art we’ve really wanted to make.  For all of the good things I can say about the art fairs (it’s one of the rare ways independent artists can survive on the making of their art) it can be confining to your creativity because of the requirements to show in your booth, work that is highly consistent with what you juried into with some 6-9 months previous.

I’m now exploring wire sculpture (started last year) which I’ve been interested in for a lifetime.  It’s really invigorating.  Seen here is a photo of my latest wing for a mid-size dragonfly in process.  MatusiakSharon#4MatusiakSharon#3.jpg  This other photo is a detail shot of a 3’x3′ dragonfly I made last fall.

Robin is working on enhancing the walls at Growing Media to showcase our work and beautify their television sets.

So much is happening right now–we’re in the process of obtaining a third kiln–to accommodate much larger enamel and cast glass to add to our work.  I’m finishing commissions for the close of the Twitch Series–more on that later.  We will continue to collaborate, but in less of a production way.  I’m designing new work (besides the insect sculptures) for Jewelry For The Wall–got ideas bulging out of my head.

LIFE IS GOOD!