Monday, June 24, 2013

Part One, big format screen print

Today my students had their last day printing in the first part of the summer course. They made a long print together (approx 12 meters) and they made test prints on different materials and tried different ways of working. Basically this first part was about learning how to use the workshops, what's specific with big format printing, different approaches to preparing originals and how it is to print on different materials ... In August they will have their long printing period - and I'm looking forward to seeing what they will come up with!

I blog less these days - but on Instagram you can see what I am up to almost daily.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"that little extra" adding up

I'm alway trying to give that little extra. For example; I sent the preschool (where I made the visual play workshop) a dvd with photos of our days together + two tiny tiny letters and two tiny tiny books documenting it all. Another example:  when I teach my summer course in big format screen printing I keep a blog for the course, document the whole process and share high resolution (edited) photos with all the student. These thing I'm not getting paid for - it's just that little extra thing I give... 

Recently I've asked myself where all my time disappears - I used to have at least some time for blogging - and now I think I've found the answer. More and more giving of "that little extra" actually means a lot of time for me.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

big format screen printing

For the third year in a row I'm teaching the summer course Big Format screen printing for HDK in collaboration with KKV. Today was our second day printing at KKV and my students are already getting into the flow!

I'm really enjoying teaching this course, but the first days are really exhausting for me; I need to be everywhere and notice everything. (And then it was my birthday today)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

... I'm still around

... but I'm so very busy in the real world; June means working on two public commissions (suggestion/execution) and teaching the summer course in big format screen printing (first day of the course tomorrow)!

Monday, June 10, 2013

everything delayed - maybe for a reason?

The other day I checked out the building site for the preschool where I am to make a suggestion for a public art piece. I was first supposed to be ready with my suggestion in the middle of June, but then everything got delayed because of some budget issues. This has been very frustrating for me, but on Thursday I'll finally get to know the new budget and deadlines!

Do you remember the suggestion I made for the stairs in a school early spring? Everything got delayed there too (like 3 months), because of some administrative issues... But I got that commission and I'm now busy working on it!

Now I'm thinking everything could have been delayed for a reason - I've been so busy anyway!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Röda Sten Konsthall; reading our children books

Klas Brattberg
Anna Åhlen
Maria Kultala
Today we read from our children books at Röda Sten Konsthall. We got the perfect fairy tale ambiance in the lounge with that easy chair and lamp. Thanks Angelica for arranging it in such a great way (and I don't just mean the chair and the lamp)!

It is special to read your story aloud and feel the reactions to it all (text and images). I felt closer to my story again. I haven't gotten around to send my book to any editors yet, but I've reworked some parts. And I set a deadline for putting the book in the mail to five editing houses. And that deadline is approaching... It's on Tuesday!