Wednesday, August 31, 2011

installing the exhibit

The sky was partly covered with dark clouds when my students installed their exhibition. Everything moved in the wind; spinning, banging - or flying away. But by 17:00 when we had the première/opening it was sunny and calm. They made a great exhibition!

Tomorrow I'll show you the results.

Monday, August 29, 2011

last day printing

Today we printed the last frames on the summer course I've been teaching. On Wednesday 17:00-20:00 we'll present the results: Shakespeare's "the Tempest" as an outdoor installation.  Here you can read about it on HDK's website. We'll put up posters [Stormen] everywhere around KKV so you'll find you way if you're interested in coming. Map

Cross your fingers we won't get rain. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

printing with style

Only use silver cutlery to mix your screenprinting inks. (Does it make any difference when it comes to the results? No - but you feel so much more elegant.)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

big format, colour, black and white

I've been in the past here on my blog lately, but that doesn't mean I'm not in the present... 
Last week, the HDK (design school) summer course in screenprinting big format restarted after summer break. After several days of printing we start seeing more and more results! Next week on Wednesday, my students will present their interpretation of the Tempest at the ruins of Älvsborg's fortress. I'll be back with details!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

concrete; my cake form

My idea here was to make a form that I could reuse like a sand cake form; when you turn it over and bang it a bit with your plastic spade -  you get your cake out. I wanted to have this form to make different tests and variations in concrete in my studio. 

After making it I gave it all sorts of love, care and attention, 
I waited three days for it to dry before using it. 

But that wasn't enough ... 
I knew I was pushing it... 
... the plaster hadn't dried enough 
... and because of that the shellac (lacquer) didn't stick properly 
... and the plaster sucked all the water out of the concrete over night 
... and I got a "nice crack". 

(This might also mean that the concrete got stuck to the plaster and I can't reuse my form, but I won't know until I have the time to go to my studio in two weeks)

Patience is a virtue.

Hopefully I'll not make the same mistake again ....

Monday, August 22, 2011

concrete: getting more ambitious

baking a little cake
cutting away
Ready for the Owen
... and then some cream

[no - it wasn't cookie dough and cream]

Sunday, August 21, 2011

concrete: one step further

not anything ready-made this time. 100% Alexandra made.

When I teach screenprinting I always try to get my students to understand that experimenting and really learning the new material and techniques is the main thing on a course and that you should never hope to make something good when experimenting. And then I very often show them my first totally boring screenprint (when I learn a new technique or material I always at first make awful or boring stuff). So at the concrete course I tried to keep that open mind myself (but of course I secretly anyway always - deep inside - hope to make a master piece). I made a lot of tests and experiment (I won't show you a horrible horrible little dog I made - good experiment though). 

As I got totally blank - not one single good idea - I just reused Snow white with accessories from my commission (she became a bit too sweet though). This piece isn't really finished yet - it should harden for 3 weeks and then I'll treat the surface in different ways and show you.

Friday, August 19, 2011

my first concrete casting

a simple way of casting: a ready made form (old plastic cookie box) with my rubber shapes glued to the bottom. (if any one wonders: it's a basket with apples)
two days later
when the concrete is dry (and paler): colouring with copper sulphate

the right one (isn't mine) is coloured with iron sulphate

Thursday, August 18, 2011


the schoolbuilding where the restaurant is also located, and where I had my room as well.
Gerlesborg has an Art School (many of the students continue studying Fine Art a the schools that really count) with boarding. At summer and during school vacation - when the school is empty - they offer a program of art courses for people in general; mostly in watercolour. The concrete casting course is kind of an exception as it's more intended for professional artists/art teachers/architects.

Gerlesborg was the watercolour master Arne Isaksson's place.
there was a watercolour course going on at the same time. When I arrived they were painting sea creatures
Even though the landscape was stunning, the food superb and the accommodation good - that was not my reason to be here. I was here to learn how to cast in concrete. And tomorrow I'll let you in on what I learned.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gerlesborg: landscape

Yesterday I came back from Gerlesborg where I spend a wonderful six days learning about concrete. This part of Bohuslän has a very dramatic landscape and I enjoyed the scenery immensely. But the first night, just after dinner, I learned that my so had broken his leg in a bike accident and then I couldn't sleep all night ... the very next day I pulled myself together though; me not enjoying my stay and the course wouldn't make him feel any better, would it? (he's got a wonderful father being very capable of taking care of him)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'll be back on Tuesday

Tomorrow I'm going away for my concrete course and I won't be blogging. But I've packed my camera so I'll fill you in when I'm back.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

still summer, but a new year

For me the new year always starts after summer vacation - not in January. 

Going back to work I'm always astonished by everything I have to do. It's never a slow start. This new year's start was mounting my public commission and every single day in August I have something booked. On Thursday I'll go away a week for a concrete casting course learning something new. I'm so looking forward to it (and it's actually work - as art is my business)! On coming back the roles will be the opposite and I'll continue teaching the screenprinting summer course to the design students. 

But this is actually good planning - September and October will be only studio time!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

... and it is completed

I looked at it and I thought it was good.
(I will come back another day and take better photos though - the bright light today didn't do the colours justice. Cloudy weather, like yesterday, is the best)

Friday, August 05, 2011

putting it all together

I'm a bit too tired right now to comment the process of mounting, it will have to wait until everything is finished. We'll continue tomorrow.