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rachel dein: fossils from every day life

I was initially intrigued by Rachel Dein’s work, then impressed by the simplicity of a process that offers beautiful results when utilized by an artist with vision and passion for the materials and the technique.

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Adapting a glass casting technique she learned in college, Dein presses objects into wet clay and pours combinations of plaster and concrete over the clay, creating highly detailed sculptural tiles.

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Her favorite materials to cast are flowers and leaves, though she has been commissioned to create tiles casting baby clothes, lace and other items of deep personal significance (an idea I love. . .).

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The artist uses watercolors to add subtle color to many of the tiles, leaving others unpainted to entice us to look more closely as shadows play among the lines of what might be considered the 3 dimensional equivalent of black and white photographs.

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Her compositions range from simple, like the process itself (see the carrot tile above), to complex, like a field of wildflowers, grasses and leaves in nature, to other-worldly interpretations of plant life. All revealing the graceful lines and movements of objects we see in our world every day.

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“I enjoy the magic of plaster casting to create fossils from everyday life — whether it’s a shell found on holiday, your grandmother’s treasured lace, a Christening gown, or the flowers from your wedding” 

Rachel Dein’s website


what can i do for you?

susan lomutoI’m passionate about nurturing artists. One of the ways I do that is to build websites for artists – a compelling, creative online showcase for you to share your gifts with the larger world.

I work on a limited number of projects at a time to ensure you get my full attention and I think creatively to remove barriers and accommodate your individual vision.

I am also available as a consultant, coach and curator. Drop me a line and let’s talk about what I can do for you.

heather bayless: nesting and unraveling

What is a nest? One definition describes it as “a structure or place made or chosen by a bird for laying eggs and sheltering its young.” That’s likely what comes to mind for many of us when we hear the word.

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Also defined as a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home”, THIS is the definition that resonates with me right now, as I carefully tend to the monumental task of untangling the nest my parents settled their four young children into more than 50 years ago.

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Stumbling upon Heather Bayless’ sterling silver nests as I move through days and nights, unraveling the threads of my family of origin, I thought her lovely forms a fitting tribute to the responsibility parents embrace as they build their nests. . .

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. . .and the responsibility a child is charged with as she thoughtfully and mindfully puts that house in order, readying it for its next family.

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Bayless’ elegant Sprouting, Hanging, Flutter, Nesting and Balancing Nests beautifully represent this idea of creating safe harbor for our families.

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While I focused on a few of her nests in this post, when you visit her website be sure to take a look at the metalsmith’s other work (Onion, Spotted Pendant II, Spore Shaker to name a few favorites!)

Heather Bayless’ website

always keep something broken about you. . .

“Now there is one thing I can tell you: you will enjoy certain pleasures you would not fathom now. When you still had your mother you often thought of the days when you would have her no longer. Now you will often think of days past when you had her. When you are used to this horrible thing that they will forever be cast into the past, then you will gently feel her revive, returning to take her place, her entire place, beside you. At the present time, this is not yet possible. Let yourself be inert, wait till the incomprehensible power. . .that has broken you restores you a little, I say a little, for henceforth you will always keep something broken about you. Tell yourself this, too, for it is a kind of pleasure to know that you will never love less, that you will never be consoled, that you will constantly remember more and more.”  ~ Marcel Proust

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I’ve been away from the blog for a long time, taking care of my mother. Earlier this month she died peacefully, surrounded by love. Perfectly imperfect and deeply loved, she is already fiercely missed. I am grateful I was able to be completely present to her, honored to be a guide as she completed her final journey on this earth. Cathartic, poignant and bittersweet for both of us.

My mother read DAM faithfully. Over the last several months she often asked when I was going to post on DAM again. Every now and then I found the time for a post and it was sweet to watch her face light up when she really liked the art. . .I will miss that. . .and so much more.

I was working on the September issue of MAM when she died. . .then couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Somehow finishing it made this more real. Irrational? Yes. But that’s how I felt. I’m back home now, working on finding a new normal, finally finishing up the September issue of MAM, getting ready to begin work on the October issue and thinking about new posts for DAM.

Thank you for standing by patiently until I returned. Heartfelt apologies to MAM subscribers for the long delay this month. The September issue will be in your inboxes soon. I can hear my mom say “What are you waiting for?”  Don’t worry mom – I’m on it.

There will always be something broken about me now and that’s ok – it is a reminder that I will never love less, that I will never be consoled, that I will constantly remember more and more. 

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