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joyce utting schutter

Joyce Utting Schutter begins each of her sculptures by welding a fine steel armature. She then hand stitches fibers over the armature before applying paper pulp with a pneumatic sprayer.

Buccinidae's Necklace

Buccinidae’s Necklace
20h x 56w x 17d
abaca, black denim, flax, steel, dry pigment, varnish

The paper pulp is able to adhere to the shape because the woven fibers act as a substrate. Schutter sprays between 4 and 20 layers of pulp, often placing organic elements between the layers.

Arcidae’s Purse


Arcidae’s Purse, interior

Arcidae’s Purse
18h x 35w x 10d
cotton, cheesecloth, bamboo, brass, salix buds, steel, dry pigments

Because of the inherent nature of the pulp, which bonds together as it dries, there is no need to use glue or any other substance to hold the sculptures together. Once dry, pigments are brushed onto the paper to add color. Arcidae’s Purse, shown above, took four months complete.

A Cut Beneath


A Cut Beneath, detail

A Cut Beneath
19h x 20w x 9d
cotton, flax, hemp, pine needles, Sweetgum seedpods, porcelain, steel, dry pigments, watercolor, wax



Seabird, detail

35″h x 36″w x 9″d
flax, organdy, thread, Maple Samaras, steel, dry pigments


The process. . .

“I am becoming increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of all things: bird and wind, eye and shadow, breath and bone. Existence – the whole of it – is one breathing entity: no evaluation, no judgment, no independent opposites, simply a rhythm of complements. Everything in nature, in the universe, is part of the rhythm, just as every breath is life giving. Fleetingly, steadily, each breath gives way to the next.” Joyce Utting Schutter


Joyce Utting Schutter’s website

tissues + origami + stop-motion animation = wow!

I might have told this story already so if you have heard it before feel free to skip right to today’s art!


Origami Bird, tissue 

When I was about 12 years old I was sent to my room – punishment for talking back to my mother. My mom didn’t realize that in my room was an origami book I borrowed from the library, so I spent the afternoon making my first origami animals from a brown paper bag that I found.


Origami Wolf, tissue

Sassing my mother might not have been the smartest thing I ever did, but it is responsible for the beginning of a lifelong love for and fascination with paper arts, including origami. Heck, maybe my mother KNEW the book was there and hoped it would shift my pre-teen-moody-blues!


Origami Reindeer, tissue

At one point in my life I owned more than 50 origami books and folding was a daily practice. I haven’t folded in many years (though now that I am a grandmother that may change) but I continue to be fascinated by traditional and contemporary paper folding.


The animals above were all folded using plain white tissues

When I saw this video of origami animals made with tissues I was mesmerized. An advertisement for a tissue company, the video also showcases brilliant stop-motion animation. Enjoy!

Tissue Animals Video

Making of Tissue Animals Video

via Laughing Squid


“Inspiring Issue!”

I smiled broadly when long time DAM reader (who happens to be an awesome ceramic artist) Alice Simpson commented “Inspiring issue!” on Facebook about the December issue of MAM.

mam_dec_webUmmm…you might not believe it, but that is a fiber sculpture.
More about the artist in this month’s issue of MAM. 

Ditto when Sue McNenly (love her metal clay vignettes) sent an email saying:

“Susan….I can’t even put into words how much I love this magazine. Thank you for doing it. Sooooo inspiring, and I love the tutorial and the artist residency updates.”


Check out the multi-page spread on Thaumatropes

And this from polymer clay artist and dear friend Tracy Holmes:

“This beautifully curated and presented collection of Lovely Things was welcome, overwhelming, humbling… perfect.”


There were many more emails. . .but I’ll save them for another day.

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will kurtz: “i would rather have an ugly truth than a beautiful lie.”

Former landscape artist Will Kurtz began making art as a self-taught artist at the age of 35. A recent MFA graduate from the New York Academy of Art, the Brooklyn based artist creates figurative sculptures using wood, wire and newspapers.

wood, chicken wire, paper, tape, hot glue, mat medium, life size, 5′-11″

kurtz - eric, detail

Eric, detail 

Describing his sculptures, Kurtz explains, ”My work is about finding that certain honesty, sincerity and rawness of humans. I never intend for my work to be beautiful in the classical sense. Sometimes I purposefully avoid this. I find beauty in almost everything around me. What some might find ugly I find beautiful. I would rather have an ugly truth than a beautiful lie.”

wood, chicken wire, newspaper, tape, hot glue, mat medium, life size

“I want people to look at my work and find tenderness, vulnerability and humor. The person they are looking at might be completely different from them, but they will be able to connect on a deeper level because we are all human regardless of the life we are given or have chosen to live.”

wood, chicken wire, newspaper, tape, hot glue, mat medium, life size


Brighton Beach Bench  [via]
wood, metal wire, newspaper, glue, tape, cardboard, screws, synthetic hair, hair tie, 50 x 38 x 113 in.

“I use the subjects and colors in the newspapers as my palette. I am able to make the sculptures quickly and retain the creative energy. My sculptures draw you in with their familiarity and unexpected life coming from such an everyday material.”

Will Kurtz

Many more Kurtz sculptures at Mike Weiss Gallery

 The December Issue Of MAM Is Ready!

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The December issue boasts 19 pages of awe-inspiring art, artist opportunities, links to love, cool resources and more sneak peeks of completed Peace by Piece artwork (this month we look at Christina Bothwell’s and Marie Gibbons’ finished sculptures). The issue also includes a several page spread about a Victorian early animation toy – I love what artists today have done with the idea and I think you will love it too.


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rogan brown’s layered, intricate paper cuts

We’ve looked at a number of paper cuttings over the years and each one offered its own intrigue. Rogan Brown’s multi-layered papercuts representing natural organic forms are mind-boggling. Mind Boggling.


Cut Pod

Inspired by the work of scientific artists like Ernst Haeckel, Brown focuses on repeat patterns of different scales, “from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.” Cut Pod, above, took five months to create.

The Artist on Cut Pod:

As is usual in my creative practice this sculpture grew slowly and gradually, each layer succeeding the other more by intuition than design, the work growing organically. I wanted to create something vegetal but not floral. Above all I wanted to avoid the tweeness/cuteness of cut paper flowers and all the whimsical sentimentality they imply.

For me nature is not sentimental or picturesque, it is rather the Kantian sublime, beautiful and terrifying.

Seed pods often protect their precious cargo with spikes and thorns and I wanted to make reference to this aspect of nature. It is present too in that other source of inspiration for my work the microscopic imagery of cellular forms, particularly, in this case, images of bacteria and virus cells that are also, in their dark way, seed carriers.







Work In Progress


Rogan Brown

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animals in art, part two

Last month we took a look at artists who create animals, including a look at the DAM archives. There is so much good work out there it’s already time for a part two!

Textile artist Karen Nicol comes from a family of embroidery artists (both she and her sister hold degrees in embroidery). When asked to describe her work Nicol explained, “I create ‘couture creatures’ I suppose. I use my animals to explore the the interesting dichotomy of man wearing animal skins and animals ‘clothed ‘ in skins inspired by human culture.” Read and interview with the artist on textileartist.org.



  Karen Nicol

Researching Karen Nicol brought me to her husband, who I featured back in 2007. Time to take a second look at Peter Clark as he continues to make good use of his comprehensive collection of found papers – their colors, patterns and textures add rich layers as he ‘paints’ his paper animal collages.


Peter Clark 

Deborah Simon’s animal sculptures swing in the other direction – nothing cute or charming here. The work is realistic enough to be mistaken for taxidermy. Simon’s use of polymer clay, faux fur and foam is brilliant.




 Deborah Simon

Sue Walters usually burns animal images into wood but I was interested in the way she uses pyrography and acrylic paint on Tagua nuts – WOW!


Sue Walters 

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