Monday, November 30, 2015

Quotes: Dieter Rams

"Weniger aber besser." –– Dieter Rams (b. 1932), German Industrial Designer
Translation: "Less but better."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Studio Series: still life

Still life; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2015
While I was overcoming resistance, I channelled my inner Camilla Engman and played with photographing a few vignettes. Camilla makes it look so easy. It's not.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Studio: Patterns of work

Stacked studio trays; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2015
How to overcome resistance: do something that is parallel to the resisted activity. This strategy worked like a charm this week. I gessoed and stitched tags, took random photos, and finally I had enough courage/mojo to tackle the task at hand which was to design new patterns to screen print.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 year blogiversary

Today marks five years of blogging! It has been fun ... and a lot of work. I've been privileged to write about many of my art heroes, to share snippets of my own work, and to meet new folks both virtually and in real life. Thank you for joining me on this adventure.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Quotes: Joanne Harris

"I let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home." –– Joanne Harris (b. 1964), British author, quote from Five Quarters of the Orange, the third book in a food trilogy (Chocolat, Blackberry Wine and Five Quarters of the Orange).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Studio Series: Slides collograph

 Slides collograph on Shoji paper © Karen Thiessen, 2015
My grandparents were avid photographers. Grandpa documented family gatherings and travels with their Airstream trailer. Grandma documented flowers... thousands of them. They died six months apart, in 2007, and once my uncle scanned Grandpa and Grandma's slides, they came to me. Over several Christmases I had slide show marathons, viewing several thousand slides. I then set out to edit and organize the collection, only keeping the best. I tossed over 2000 slides (yes, I really did count the discards), many of them flower photos, over and under exposed images, duplicates, etc. The slides were from the 1950s to the 1990s and the oldest slides had beautiful cardboard mounts with nicely rounded corners. I kept these. One day I'll collage with them. I took a handful and glued them to an illustration board mount and created this collograph. It is beautiful in its simplicity. As a bonus, I only had success making this print. Could it have been grandparent karma?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quotes: Glenn Gould

"The purpose of art is not the momentary ejection of adrenaline, but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." –– Glenn Gould (1932-1982), Canadian pianist, writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster