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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


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. 

chung-im kim: industrial felt works

Textile artist Chung-Im Kim silk screens patterns onto industrial felt pieces, hand stitching the felt to create dimensional wall sculptures that seem to sway – an illusion made more convincing by the combination of surface pattern and clever stitching.




Baekya, detail

In an effort to understand the material and its capabilities, the artist surrenders herself to playing with the felt “to understand it’s character, it’s physicality, and shape-forming ability.” Born and raised in Korea, Kim has lived in Canada since 1990. She is currently associate professor in the Fibre Department at OCAD University.







“For me, patterns are hard to ignore as I encounter everyday life.  Whether the source comes from nature, historical context or plainly created by me, working with patterns always gives me the thrill of entering a new world.  A pattern can grow into a complex image jungle or a well disciplined ornamental beauty”. ~Chung-Im Kim


Chung-Im Kim’s website



geraldine gonzalez: window dressing

Shoe designer turned sculptor, Geraldine Gonzalez now focuses her considerable skills and talents on window display and sculpture for the home using materials like papier maché, fabric, crystals, crushed glass and crushed pearls.


 Aigrette, paper


 Cerf, paper, wire, lights


Méduses Cristal, crystals, lights

The French artist often lights her sculptures with LED lights, emphasizing the translucency of the work and mesmerizing viewers.


 Paon Blanc, paper


 Chaise Lumineuse, crystals, lights


 Robe Lumineuse, paper, LED lights

Geraldine Gonzalez’ website

Don’t miss this video of Gonzalez and her work.

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masters and munn revisited

Back in 2011 I wrote about Masters & Munn – partners in life and art who create fine art sculptures of full bodies, torsos and other body parts using gypsum, copper, bronze and leather.


Icarus Had A Sister

The couple recently wrote to share their latest work, ‘Icarus Had A Sister’, a sculpture that André (the Masters half of Masters & Munn) had first thought about ten years ago. André Masters’ goal was to create a piece that would “simultaneously express the fragile beauty and infinite wisdom and strength of a woman” (can we clone him?).


Icarus Had A Sister, detail

“The story behind the piece is obviously a spin off from the Greek legend of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun with wings held together with wax, and fell to his death. His sister, in our modern twist on the legend, was a bit more savvy and built her wings from sturdier things. We catch her in the moment just before her maiden flight, perched and ready to face her destiny.” CJ Munn 


To bring this idea to life the artists added 3D printing to their considerable skills. Every feather was 3D printed –  each one of the more than 200 feathers individualized before printing. The feathers were then coated in a veneer of real copper and carefully assembled one at a time to create the stunning wings.


The original lifecast of model Louise Banks

“The body and feet of our maiden were remolded and cast in white onyx powder and crushed pearl in resin, to give her an almost ethereal glow. The plinth she sits upon was cast from an ancient slate monolith found in Surrey, England, and was made from cast slate, with ribbons of copper and iron running throughout.”


Close up of the cast slate plinth

Not surprisingly, the piece won the Global Rising Star Award at London’s 3D Print Show and went on to be exhibited at the Paris 3D Print Show at the Louvre Gallery.

Masters and Munn are selling the sculpture, photographic prints of the sculpture and individual feathers in solid silver and bronze to fund the next two pieces in the collection. I look forward to seeing what they create next.

Bronze Feather

‘Icarus Had A Sister’, both the story behind the work and the sculpture itself, gave me pause.Thinking about my own experience as a woman in today’s society I realized that although my journey has often been a long, winding path with hidden obstacles, along the way I learned to look towards the future and I am ready to fly. . .to soar. First I am building my wings from sturdier things as all strong women do.

Masters and Munn website

2011 DAM post about Masters and Munn


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john iversen’s jacks

I played jacks as a child. Didn’t everyone? John Iversen’s jacks brought back lovely childhood memories.

iversen1The New York artist has several different jewelry collections and is best known for his leaf castings. iversen3All of the collections are quite lovely, however Jacks and Blocks are my favorites – how about you? iversen2

 Jacks, 18kt gold, semi precious stones, pearls




John Iversen at work

 John Iversen’s website

Many thanks to Kathleen Dustin for the link.

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