Sunday, September 23, 2012

Patrick Dougherty, Twig Sculptor

Patrick Dougherty just completed one of his massive twig sculptures this summer in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In the same museum quadrangle as the Dr Seuss sculpture garden.
I have been a fan of his work since seeing his installation in 2007 in the Palm Springs Museum. He has built over 200 Sculptures in France, Italy, Hawaii, Kentucky, Arkansas, Idaho, Scotland, and soon in Australia to name a few. All of the wood is collected locally with volunteers carefully supervised.
Interns strip leaves off the saplings, while the artist sketches and maps out the floor plan. The piece done in Springfield called Room by Room, is twenty-four feet tall, and forty feet square. It has at least 150 saplings anchored into the ground. The structure is expected to last two years depending on the weathering process. It's size is imposing, yet once inside it delights the senses and becomes an enticing series of open-ended, oversized, cocoon-like rooms. To a child it represents a fairy-tale castle ready for exploration. But, who among us, of any age, wouldn't like to explore a giant house of twigs complete with turrets!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Barbara Chapman, Fiber Artist Extradordinaire

Barbara Chapman is a renowned San Diego fiber artist whose colorful, exotic fiber assemblages create a feast for the eyes using yarn, handmade beads, and freeform crochet techniques unlike any other.
 Her magical fairies and  mystical doll sculptures take on a life of their own, as Barbara says, telling you who they are and want to be. Entering into her world is as exciting as it can be, her students are eager to delve into this fairyland of wonderment that permeates the air as Barbara begins to unleash her secrets and treasures. I have been privileged to take several unforgettable classes.
Barbara's doll making began in childhood where she fashioned paper dolls using layers of found objects. Her passion lies in the costuming of her creations using the most breathtaking arrays of colors and fibers.
 Her quest continues today searching for and finding exotic, bejeweled, sequined fabrics, silks, leather, and wools to embellish her wire armatures.
She has taught at the Black Sheep fiber arts store in Encinitas, Ca for over thirty years.
She owns a boutique in her home in Solana Beach, Ca where she works in her studio along side her husband, Wayne, a potter and glass bead artist.  Barbara, like her mystical creations is a joy to see and meet.
Her energy is magical and inspirational, and like her creations, unforgettable.