I finished one a couple weeks ago. I may change the rice paper to copper.
First, a painting. this is one of my favorites, a watercolor done based on the cliff dwellings I visited last year.
there is also a home project, mostly done. A shoji screen for the pantry we built recently. We still are changing one wall and have not done the door frames yet. I really like how the metal sheets came out in the center and on the frame above. This project completely changed about 4 times before getting this far.
The other is a painting developed when I was in Florida. Researching the older cultures in Mexico and Central America I designed this, using correct designs and architecture but mixed my own way.
I need to get my good camera working, this one is taking very pale images.
My favorite accomplishment this week has been out new entry to our home. I do not have a reader to transfer my pictures so I will use a corporate picture of the model we build. We found a great deal at Home Depot and built it. I love it.
Also this week, I opened my Fine Arts America site: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/bethany-jordan.html
And I am working on my AliBaba.com site
Though I am still working on what day each week I will post, or if I want to specify that, I have been working on a couple of new projects that will be available in my Etsy store when I am finished. I enjoy working with raw wood and discarded wood to create furniture. I love the back-and-forth development of design and creation as you go through the wood to find the right pieces then update or redo the design to work with your primary pieces then the other parts as you find and prepare them. I began this type of work years ago, my mother had several of my pieces that I had offers for but designed for her.
Currently, I am working on a Wormy Wood Laptop Desk or end table with shelf and mosaic tile, and on another one that will either be a coffee table or another small desk, I have not chosen all of the wood yet and am still developing that one.
The base piece of wood has perfect branching for a drink shelf and for a paper shelf.
the base for the tile is also a reclaimed piece, but from a remodel job not raw wood.
The other piece I am working on is not a pedestal style and has smaller legs as you see above. I am cleaning the wood and prepping it by hand. I use as many old, often antique, hand tools as I can because I not only enjoy them, I respect the tools and the quality of work.
I have no idea where this is from, it was posted on my Facebook this morning. If you know, let me know. But it reminded me of my series on Beakers and lab equipment in the kitchen and home.
Worked more on the rule system and actually making cards for the game today than the art, though I will do more soon. Last night was New Years Eve as you probably know, so all the noise made the kitties nervous. It also bothered our neighbor’s dog. Poor puppy is tiny and furless to be out in the cold anyway, at least he has warm holes to hide in, but he was quite wound up, with all that going on. So we paused in our work a lot to cuddle the kitties and reassure them until they calmly sat on the desks to watch us. I am waiting for warmer weather so we can finish the laundry room we are putting behind the house. We started it but rain caused us to stop work, since then it has been cold and frequently damp whenever we were here. This will allow us to finish setting up this room as office and art room. Right now, the washer and dryer share the space with us. Not an ideal layout, but it works since we rebuilt the walls, the vents, and redid the floor. Before that, it wouldn’t have been possible. At any rate, work on the game is progressing, and my practice with art on the Wacom is progressing. I had a little trouble with one of the people today – the urchin. He was slow and unfamiliar was part of it, but I am just not happy with the result. The other one I rather like. I also worked on one of the maps but am not keeping that one at all, that was very hard to get used to. For some reason that style work was much harder on the Wacom than what I have been doing. I will continue trying new things and styles until I am comfortable and will continue work on my game.
Beakers, Few groups could be as inspired by beakers as the Steampunk crowd, but my mind is currently overflowing with images and ideas inspired by a brief one line and single picture mention in an old Metropolitan Home magazine (March 2007, pg 142). The company that made the hand etched Pyrex beakers with floral designs, rising bubble designs and spiral patterns is out of business, but the image stuck. Following this, I found a blog reference to using Pyrex lab equipment in the kitchen with an explanation of the material differences between American kitchen Pyrex and lab Pyrex (http://www.thekitchn.com/why-dont-we-use-lab-beakers-more-in-the-kitchen-189036). I was sold! Not only is it practical and cool, but she is right, it is safe. This continued the thought of the etched Pyrex, obviously you can safely etch the equipment, the measurements and markings are often etched. So we know the strength is not at risk if the etching is done carefully and sparingly. In reality you would only want spare designs anyway but it adds that touch of beauty and elegance seen in the Victorian period to a classical lab tool still in wide use. Yes, the Pyrex is newer (Corning first introduced it in 1915). However, the safety added by using new equipment is worth the update in this case, especially since it is only a few years. You see lab equipment used as vases and decorative pieces frequently
but I liked the idea of having decorated lab equipment in the lab and kitchen (we know from previous posts I find bring the lab into the kitchen an interesting idea to consider). Beauty, elegance, simplicity, practicality, whimsy, and history brought into our lives – what could be better?
On a related note, I found an article about microscopic gardens I read some time ago and it just felt related to this. In May this article, not the first on the project, showcased these beautiful, fanciful gardens requiring a microscope to see (http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2013/05/16/harvard-researchers-grow-garden-nanoscience-delights/E3oYRwy8VMZlz3RDIENpfP/blog.html). The idea of using a beaker etched with a floral pattern to grow a tiny garden struck me. You could of course do this with a number of things to make it larger or set a microscope at the ready and control the environment to the inth degree to see what grows. To quote:
“Working with materials science professor Joanna Aizenberg, Noorduin discovered that altering the acidity or alkalinity of a solution could cause crystal blossoms to grow outward into a bell shape, or to make them curl inward. Combining these kinds of techniques, they could create tendrils, the nested layers of petals in a rose, and the delicate cup of a tulip—which Noorduin felt especially obligated to grow, because he is Dutch. He was able to grow even more complex structures, such as a stem, a leaf, and a flower, all contained in a vase.
Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz, a research professor at CSIC-University of Granada in Spain, demonstrated a decade ago that crystals could grow in unexpected curves and spirals. For years, he said, no one had believed that the crystal forms he grew, which so closely resembled living forms, were really crystals—assuming instead that there was just biological contamination.
He said the new paper brings a finer level of control to the process, showing how it is possible to modify the shapes.
Researchers not involved in the work appreciated its beauty and the effort to find ways to control the mineralization process. But when asked why these studies showing how to manipulate matter at the smallest scale were so pleasing to look at, they all had a slightly different take.
Hendrik Dietz of the Laboratory for Biomolecular Nanotechnology at Technische Universität München in Germany, wrote in an e-mail that the choice to build something beautiful is only possible once it’s possible to control matter at the small scale. Thus, the intricate sculpture-like flowers are a way to judge the scientists’ level of control.
“Beautiful (or funny) things such as DNA smiley faces etc should therefore not be taken easily as child’s play,” Dietz wrote. “There is serious science … that has enabled the authors to pull these things off.””
I needed a few minutes break while my saw battery charged so I did a picture in GIMP
this is a small house or lounge built into a tube or giant pipe. I have considered doing this myself before, had no way to get the pipe home though.
The floor is copper, used the idea I found the other day of a penny floor.
And found something a minute ago related to the Little Free Libraries I posted before.
This is a Kinetic Sculpture Little Free Library in Minneapolis. Reminds me of the World Fair building.
Well, we have been working madly to remodel the house before we move. We have a little over a week and lots to do. I put in a shattered tile mosaic floor in the bedroom, and will be doing class tile in the bathroom. The former laundry room has new red fence walls, and the new laundry room isn’t started yet. I will post pictures as I finish and get them. They are creative and they were a lot of work so they fit even if they were frequently more than a day. Though given our schedule, most weren’t actually.
On an unrelated note, I found something really neat today. I would very much put one of these tiny libraries on the property if I were staying here. As it is, I am looking for partners to help install and act as stewards in as many places as I can. I will try to help find funding and people to build them. We shall see, I really like this idea.
One of the things I studies in college was Interior Design. I have been considering a couple interior design projects in Steampunk. Today has been very long so I am going to share a few of the ideas I have looked at this week in that area. Many of these are images I got from Secret Garden on Facebook, others from gaming sites. I did not take these photos and did nothing to them, they are property of other artists, I am sharing them as part of developing a foundation for a Steampunk design. Much of it would obviously need to be custom, but then I wanted to consider multiple price ranges and skill levels. I would want to have readily purchasable options, custom options, build-able options, ways to alter accessible or current items, and ways to use different types of spaces. This is obviously not a one day project, but would be a good series.
I left the tag from the original image at the bottom, don’t want to steal an image. Changed all the materials, added stuff, and generally altered the image. I could have worked another hour, but it is past bedtime. I used this because I love the staircase and the way the bookshelf is integrated really appeals to my Steampunk style and what could be done with it.