MUHC commission unveiled

With the official press launch of all 11 public artworks out of the way, I can finally post images of my design and the work in progress. It's been challenging to be so tight-lipped, but I guess it was good to build suspense! 

This is a photo of my artwork design in the architectural maquette I made for the selection process. To give you a sense of the scale, that little black figure represents a 6-foot tall person. The artwork dimensions will be 25 feet high x 28 feet wide.  The location for my artwork is right at one of the main entrances to the adult hospital wing. 

The work is being fabricated in ceramic, hand-build clay, onyx and mosaic, as well as some image transfers on ceramic. Here are some details of the production at Mosaika Art & Design. Click on image to scroll through. 

BRIDGE-BUILDING

One of my favourite things about starting a new project is figuring out how to turn an idea into a tangible thing. Everything is perfect in your sketchbook. My sketchbook is my playground; a place where I can dream big. But to convince others to fund those dreams takes a different art form: planning and budgeting. 

To make my ideas come to fruition I need to collaborate with other talented people. I visited m3béton yesterday, a company I worked with a few years ago to help make "CIRCULATION". Together, we're coming up with great solutions for new ideas. Tomorrow, I'm going to visit a 3D printing and modelling lab. I've never done that kind of work before, and maybe I won't anytime soon, but I'm excited to see new possibilities and to forge new relationships. 

I used to think that art-making was a solo act. But I've learned over the years that it takes teamwork to accomplish great things: professionally and personally. I still like to sit in my studio alone, enjoying the silence. But I keep reminding myself to open my door, and symbolically open my heart to ever increasing possibilities in the world. 

A PORTRAIT THROUGH FABRIC

Laying on my studio floor is a palette of fabrics: clothes and household linens that I've arranged by colour. I plan to make an art quilt with these fabrics. They were given to me by an old childhood friend. These clothes, tablecloths, gardening gloves and aprons belonged to his mother, who recently passed away. I think the clothes, fabrics and objects we surround ourselves with say a lot about who we are. I'm hoping to make a portrait of my friends' mom, Lorraine, through the fabrics she was surrounded by. 

This will be a long-term project, as I'll be chipping away at it in my spare time, in between other projects. But I'll keep posted my progress here. 

ART RESOLUTION: A fabric quilt a day

At the start of the new year, I decided to set what seemed to be a small goal: to make a 9″ square quilt block each day, for the rest of 2013. I consider it like a ‘drawing a day’ exercise, but mine will all be done with fabric. When I was 2 weeks into it, I’m saw that it’s more work than I expected.