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Category Archives: Miscellaneous

still here. . .

I haven’t disappeared, just slipped away for awhile to finish taking care of some of my mother’s final wishes. . .I’ll be back next week.

From My Mother's Garden

From My Mother’s Garden, photo by Susan Lomuto

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To all of MAM’s (Monthly Art Muse) loyal subscribers, the May issue, which is way, way late, will be in your inboxes tonight. Many thanks for your continued patience. . .


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

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