my first born creature

Brown Bear by Vicki Reisima (2014). Fabric, thread, buttons and Polyfill. Approximately 40cm tall standing.

Brown Bear by Vicki Reisima (2014). Fabric, thread, buttons and Polyfill. Approximately 40cm tall standing.

This is the first textile creation of many to come in this semesters project. I want to experiment altering body proportions to make the forms feel a little awkward and less common than the usual teddy bear representation. I enjoyed making a toy with jointed limbs, as opposed to sewing them into the torso. This is what appealed to me in the teddy bear form initially. I cant see myself steering away from it now, but we shall see what manifests in the weeks to come. So far, in the experimental stages, I am up-cycling pieces of my fabric stash. I expect them to look quite different, as I use whatever is at my disposal. I believe it may be what gives them a charming appeal.

 

a new pathway

image by vicki reisima

Having spent last semester with my eyes glued into Photoshop, it’s been a while since I got my hands grubby with making things. Here are my intentions for my new pathway in my practice. Curious? Here’s the formal brief outline…

For the purpose of this degree programme, I will be lending my artistic voice to the ancient metaphysical concept of the seven chakras. A series of mixed media sculptural characters will be deeply yet subtly infused with metaphorical symbolism and my priority will be on an intuitive and exploratory process. I trust that there will be many opportunities for serendipity and materiality to influence the outcome.

The search for unifying factors in our daily existence, the search for understanding and direction, and the inevitable pull toward consciousness brings us to a critical evaluation of our spiritual natures – Anodea Judith  (The Wheels of Life)

As spiritual subjects are so often considered impractical or inaccessible, this project attempts to raise awareness of the chakra system within a narrative context. Drawing upon storytelling and metaphysical concepts, I aim to inspire people to consider simple and playful ways to incorporate spiritual well-being into their daily lives.

The next several weeks posts will feature influential artists, methodologies, and theoretical contexts of my project. Included will be works in progress that are inviting feedback during the making process. I’m excited to see what manifests!

Intuitive Painting – a demonstration

Meet Ivette Newport from Grace & Ivy. She is a trained illustrator and has generously shared a video of her process for Intuitve Painting. It’s beautiful to watch her creation coming to life and how something can be formed by organically following gut instincts and hunches along the way. Thats my preferred method of working for sure!

Encaustic Series by Vicky Reisima

The ‘Elements of Random’ series were conceived from my desire to combine the natural world with geometric patterns, highlighting the synergistic and beautiful relationship that can be witnessed between them.

This series of works were created in response to my desire to experiment with encaustic wax. After combining photographs with vector images in Photoshop, I went on to transfer the images onto calico fabric with the Intron Heat Transfer Press. Before fusing them onto wooden box frames, I couldn’t resist passing them under the sewing machine for old times sake. They are currently on display in the Can Print Exhibition in Hastings Community Art Gallery (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from 21st July-02 August 2014), and available to purchase should you wish to have them adorning your walls.

Linda Plaisted

The works of award winning photographic mixed media artist, Linda Plaisted have captured my attention in “Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs.” by Susan Tuttle and Christi Hydeck.

My recent ideas of layering images in an etheric and dream-story way has already been successfully achieved by Plaisted in America. Plaisted’s award winning work is on a similar track to what I had thought to be a unique idea for me to pursue in the next stage of my and photographic art, however, I will not let this realisation stop me from exploring this idea.

I need to trust that I am still a unique artist and at the end of the day, no one does anything the same as another. So, off I go to explore layering nature images and self-portraiture together. My only intention is to combine these elements that I have a deep sense of reverence for. I have no end ideal result in mind, just thoughts of layers of transparency, blending modes at play, intimate, ethereal and contemplative images with a digital encaustic aesthetic.

Whats interesting is that Plaisted also works with encaustics, as seen below:

References:

Hydeck, C & Tuttle, S. (2012). Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs. Ohio, USA: North Light Books.

Plaisted, L. (2013). Linda Plaisted Fine Art Photography and Mixed Media. Retrieved from http://lindaplaisted.com/

 

putting my hand to encaustic wax

I want to discover what happens when mixed media is mixed with wax. In its purest form, encaustic painting is as simple as applying melted beeswax onto an absorbent surface – but I want to learn more about how I could incorporate it as another medium for my practice. After researching encaustic artists, I went to Lisa Feyen to observe her studio practice with encaustic. She has spent time researching encaustic methods and products, and was happy to share her knowledge with me and Leanne in a mini workshop. The above images are a result of this session.

Encaustic is a dynamic medium where anything goes and the endless possibilities of what could happen are exciting for me. With practice and patience anyone can develop skills to be a successful encaustic artist.

Bridget Guerzon Mills

Bridget Guerzon Mills has inspired me to look into how I could incorporate Encaustics into Mixed Media works. She works with layers of textures and colour in paints, photo images, organic matter, stitch work and wax. She suggests that interests and passions are paramount for developing a personal style and voice, and to be authentic by never following someone else’s style. It is in the mistakes that we find our footing so just create, create, create and make heaps of mistakes. Her artwork is a personal dialogue and the themes stem from cycles of life, growth and decay, memories and the passage of time. Guerzon Mills creates paintings, visual journals and facilitates workshops where she teaches her mixed media craft and shares wisdom of how to discover ones own creative voice.

Bridgette Guerzon Mills 'Aftermath' (2014) Encaustic with mixed media Bridgette

Bridgette Guerzon Mills ‘Aftermath’ (2014) Encaustic with mixed media Bridgette

Reference: Images and information Retreived on 2nd April 2014 from http://www.guerzonmills.com/encaustics