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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.

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Baekya

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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.

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Singiru

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Dawn

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Sulbing

“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.

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 Aigrette, paper

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 Cerf, paper, wire, lights

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Méduses Cristal, crystals, lights

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

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 Paon Blanc, paper

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 Chaise Lumineuse, crystals, lights

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 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.

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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?).

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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 

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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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

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Blocks

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John Iversen at work

 John Iversen’s website

Many thanks to Kathleen Dustin for the link.


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sweet chloe girl

I’ve been avoiding the blog and I figured it was time to tell you why. Over the last seven years I’ve published more than 3,300 posts on Daily Art Muse, but recently each time I sat down to write a post I found I just couldn’t finish it.

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Chloe

That’s because most of those 3,000 + posts were written with my boss Chloe curled up in my lap, or laying across my wrists – some were even written while she rested her head on the keyboard.

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Sleeping on the job!

If you’ve been following DAM for a long time you might have seen a post or two that I wrote about my constant companion of almost two decades.

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Chloe & daMuse

After a swift decline Chloe passed away recently and I haven’t gotten used to life without her yet.

So I’m working on my WordPress Basics class for artists (the 4-week class begins on February 10th). I also began building WordPress websites for artists who don’t want to build their own website but do want a website they can maintain themselves (more info about this service coming soon – if you are interested, feel free to get in touch).

I’m here, busy working on things I love, quietly grieving for my sweet Chloe girl. Now that I’ve told you it might make it a bit easier to actually finish a post or two.

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