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shauna mayben: spaces to hide

Shauna Mayben combines her love of small boxes, photographs and pre-loved objects to create lockets, rings, brooches and pendants that have a nostalgic, romantic feel, many providing spaces to hide a lock of hair, a snippet of poetry, a favorite quote, a long held secret.

[nonmember]This archived post is for Members Only. Click here to become a member or to get a one day pass. If you are a member, please login to view the post. [/nonmember] [private_archives]Spaces to hide. Spaces to hide. Sometimes we just need spaces to hide.  There is something very soothing in the Australian artist’s work and the message the work conveys – I’m particularly drawn to the lockets made from tiny vintage tins. Lovely.

Wild At Heart, sterling silver, limited print from Leonie Oaks 2010

Lockets, vintage tin, sterling, pearls

Bright Eyes, black oxidized sterling silver, limited print from Leonie Oaks 2010

Lockets, vintage tin, sterling, pearls

Crimson Blush, sterling silver, limited print from Leonie Oaks 2010

Turn the sound up on your computer to hear Mayben speak about our fascination with small boxes.

“I have a love and a fascination with the pre loved. Objects tell a story. They capture a sliver of the past; they transport a moment in time. These objects have all been pre loved, and lost along the way. I make room for them to sit inside my jewellery, waiting to be found again. I am fascinated with making containers to house these objects in the form of lockets, book lockets and frames.”


danielle bodine’s paper covered baskets and news from damuse

Danielle Bodine uses traditional basket techniques and found objects to create the lush, paper covered basket forms seen here. Bodine, a textile artist for 30 years, casts paper on the baskets then adds texture by stitching, collaging and burning with a wood burning tool.

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Schroon Lake Melody, 36″ x 7″ x 6″
Mulberry papers cast on basket, removed and reformed into instrument shape.
Painted, printed, and collaged with prints.
Cane, screws, waxed linen attached.

Song of Flight, 19″ x 5″ x 4″,
mulberry papers, Japanese clippers, waxed linen

Mio’s Song, 43″ x 7″ x 3 ”
cast mulberry papers on bamboo basket, plastic gas funnel, and coiled basket, metal clippers, tool, screws, waxed linen


Images from Jane Sauer Gallery.  See more of Bodine’s baskets there.

Coming soon from daMuse

When I write about an artist I try to make sure there is a central location to send readers – a place where you can see the full body of work, learn more about the artist behind the art, discover where the work is being shown, get all the latest news…and more.

I came across an image of Bodine’s sculptural baskets during my daily research for DAM and knew immediately that I wanted to share her work, but I couldn’t find a website for the artist. A little digging came up with individual images on different sites and a few galleries showing small collections of the work, an article about her (beautiful) home and a reference to a workshop she taught.

In the end, the images of Bodine’s work on the Jane Sauer Gallery website were compelling enough for me to share with DAM readers (nice job Jane!), but I still wanted to know more, see more, learn more…and so do customers, collectors, galleries and prospective students.

I am getting ready to launch a new service to help artists develop a better web presence. If you are selling your art or are thinking of selling your art, a solid web identity is an important part of a good marketing strategy. Does this feel like an overwhelming, daunting task? Don’t worry – daMuse is here to help!

Whether you have a website that needs a makeover or are just beginning to think about a website design, watch this space for more information…coming soon.


kate mccgwire’s feathered forms challenge our perception of beauty

London based Kate MccGwire challenges our perception of beauty, taking feathers from birds commonly viewed with disdain and re-framing them to create forms that are sensual; that flow; that draw the viewer in closer, closer still.


Urge, mixed media with mallard, magpie and jackdaw feathers

Urge, detail

“As the work takes shape, a new, playful reality emerges, so that the object itself becomes a sort of prism, refracting the layers of meaning and cultural associations buried within, the quantity of materials used sometimes deliberately overwhelming, as if charged with a power and ambition beyond the reach they possess when seen in isolation.” Kate MccGwire

Wrest, mixed media with pigeon feathers

Host II, mixed media with pigeon tail feathers

Gag, mixed media with crow feathers

Kate MccGwire in her studio

MccGwire immerses herself in nature, working out of a studio on a Dutch barge moored on a semi-derelict island in the river Thames. It is here that she collects and sorts thousands of feathers – pigeon, magpie, crow – to use in her sculptures and large scale installations. Crucial to this process is the artist’s relationship with more than 200 pigeon enthusiasts who collect molted feathers for her, regularly mailing envelopes full of feathers that she cleans and adds to her collection. It can take months or years to have enough of one kind for a specific artwork.

In this two minute video MccGwire gives some insight into how and why she works with pigeon feathers.

Read an interview with the artist in Juxtapoz Magazine

Thanks to Nancy Castaldo for letting us know about MccGwire. Castaldo, who has written several children’s books, is teaching a class this summer for children age 11-14 and one of the projects will be sculptures inspired by MccGwire’s feathered forms – how cool is that?

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