Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Rust then Tree Bark to Sprig Moulds...oh and a GIVEAWAY



Rust Series 1 & 2 Enclosed and Encircled


Rust Series - final four

Next?  Bark...


What a week!  Or should I say, weekend!  It was Labour Day in New Zealand over the weekend, which meant a long weekend for us.  I spent Saturday finishing my Rust Series (4 works in total) and then the rest of the afternoon considering my next move and sketching in my art journal.


I'm sketching here for some ideas that could be put to use in my first ceramics lesson...sprig moulds!

My inspiration for the left hand page, immediately above, was from the fantastic Sanja over at ArTick who has recently made the most outstanding assemblage with a dried poppy head.  She named this piece Mutter Natur.  I loved it so much, it gave me an idea, what would a poppy head look like in porcelain?  
Nigel in action...
I am very, very lucky.  We have a world class ceramics artist working at our school, where I am library manager.  His name is Nigel and he very kindly invited myself, Andy and Jason out to his place in the country on Sunday.  While Jason and Andy were having fun with the rest of his family, Nigel took me down to his "studio" in his garage to show me how to make up a simple sprig mould and then  give me a verbal run-down on slip casting, including showing me some of his stunning, surreal and very clever slip cast moulds.  I just can't wait, now, to hit the ceramics studio at our school, where Nigel runs afternoon classes.  I really do want to see if I can slip cast something as delicate as a dried poppy head.  In return for helping me with my moulds, I promised Nigel help with his blog.  So do watch this space, as this will be where we will launch it.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot (in fact, I did!), I'm having a giveaway!
Click HERE to find out more.

30 comments:

Lisa said...

brilliant ideas and fantastic, unique pieces Deb! Don't cha wish you could pulp redux with bark?

Debrina said...

I know!!! Just imagine the heights we could have taken the collaboration to!!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Totally LOVE your rust series :-)

Flower said...

Amazing Dolly, Those images blend in so well. Matey I never noticed your arms were so hairy though ....oh...hang on...that's Nigel? lol xoxoox

Darcy said...

love your rust series, I think a poppy head would look awesome, look forward to seeing how you do with it.

Invalid boy is my hubby, he broke both his feet at work 8 weeks ago.

lyle said...

deb, bark looks like a good challenge! maybe you could soak it like birch bark to make it lay the way you want it! you are so busy doing I cant see where you have time to think!your work just keeps on getting better! thanks for showing us!

Healing Woman said...

I love your rust series. Will watch for the bark makeover.

La Dolce Vita said...

just wonderful how we all inspire each other! how perfect for you to have just the right person to help and be assisted as well! love you new pieces and your journal, so nice to see sketches of what you are visualizing! xo

sharon said...

Your rusty goodness gives me shivers....you are so talented, and I adore the earthiness!
Can't wait to see what you produce out of that sketchbook idea!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wonderful work. I tripped down the page. Be back! -J

Riki Schumacher said...

I love what you made, just beautiful. Riki

Debrina said...

Isn't it just wonderful that as artists, especially blogger artists...we can sit back and watch our art evolve. Art is such a varied, divergent and spontaneous learning process. I think as artsits, we can all count ourselves lucky! :-)

sharon said...

Hi Debrina! My favorite doodacky is old old book pages and text, and really need fabrics, especailly sari silk! Your doodacky's are way cool!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Gorgeous work! Many congratulations to you on your new etsy shop. I wish you much success with it. You've done so well so far. :) Theresa

Kim Palmer said...

It's been completely crzy here and I have finally found a fvew minutes to catch up on your goings on. The ceramics sounds such fun Debs, cant wait to see if you can use the poppy idea. Hope the class is a blast!

Sanja said...

Your rust series are absolutely fantastic, Debrina.
I love working with natural elements. My first piece of work with the bark was one year ago. I'm looking forward to your work with barks. By the way, thank you for your kind words ;) You're inspiring me, too!

Have a nice weekend,

Sanja xoxo

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Great to see you so inspired Debs! Cermaics will be a lot of fun I am sure and I wll be watching your blogs for updates!

Good luck for your doodackie shop, good idea! I've been wondering about setting up shop myself...but have only got as far as signing up!

Glad the book arrived safely! will reply to emails later:)

Sharmon Davidson said...

The rust series is amazing- so rich and layered. 3 & 4 are my favorites. Your doodackeys are fantastic- might just have to buy some, it I don't win the giveaway. In Kentucky we usually call them thingamajigs or whatchamacallits. Once I used some little metal bendy thingeys held together with screws and nuts to form a spherical sculpture. I think the metal thingeys were meant to be used to hold some type of electrical thingeys together, but I'm not really sure...?

Corrine said...

Hey Debs, Wow I can see I'll be spending heaps of time in your emporium.....My fav doodackie at the moment is a rusty key I found at our section on the edge of town. Old key...way rusty. I also love the old bottles I dig up out of the dirt.

druga szesnaƛcie said...

absolutely breathtaking.......

Samantha Marshall said...

The rust series looks amazing, Debrina!!! Good luck with the slip casting.

Debrina said...

Howdy folks - so many inspiring doodackeys to read about! Rusty keys are just the best, aren't they, Corrine!!! Oh and thanks everybody who is participating in this giveaway! Already I have sold a doodackey! The camera studies folder is off to a happy home here in NZ!
Thanks all!!

Oxana said...

TOTALLY GORGEOUS series!!!!! Love it!
Hugs
Oxana

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the rust series. It is awesome. Rust is my theme in a RR. I also like your bark. I can see all kinds of possibilities using it. And you are SO lucky to have skilled crafts people and the tools you will need right in your school. Good luck with the poppy see head. I went to ArTick's blog and it is superb! Thanks for the link.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

So is this your latest post that we are supposed to sign up for your giveaway? I kept getting a loop when I clicked from one to the other. Confusing at nearly 3 am my time (grin). As for what the strangest dodacky right now would be anything I can rust. Not sure if that counts, but it takes time to rust things if they aren't left to age gracefully, then be found by your son!

Debrina said...

That's right, Elizabeth! This is indeed my latest posting. I'll be having monthly giveaways usually, so I will always link from the Emporium back to here. Stay tuned and best of luck!

layers said...

I wonder what it is about rust and rusty metal and papers that draws us - the textures? the colors? how nature is the main player? whatever it is, we do love rusty stuff and your use in your collages are wonderful.

WINDOWLAD said...

....great...great... great... you've a very creative mind...!!!:)

TC.

~Kelvin

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am in love with my rusty bits...Seth has made me a believer. Thank you for your every kindness. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Dorthe said...

Fantastic Debrina- they are fantastic,
this little series,is "rusty trasch" taken to beauty... I love them.
Hugs,Dorthe