27 June 2008

Buy sell art

Why should people buy and own art?
Art is a powerful form of expression for artists as well as for those who own it. Art allows people to convey or demonstrate deeply held feelings and beliefs as well as moral, ethical, and political sentiments in socially acceptable ways.
Art encourages people to ask questions, to take brief moments out of their busy lives to reflect on ideas other than how to make more money faster or how to get over on the competition.
Art makes people think about ways how life might one day be better than it is now.
Art can stimulate the expression and interchange of thoughts, feelings, and ideas among total strangers who would not ordinarily talk to each other.
Children are fascinated with art. Art makes children ask questions. Art makes children fantasize and imagine. Art teaches children how to be creative and have fun with life.
Art beautifies and personalizes environments. Art can transform private homes or places of business into personal museums.
Art can be used as a tool of power-- to intimidate. For example, imagine an office with a bold, vibrant, oversized painting hanging on the wall directly behind the desk, and two imposing larger-than-life sculptures, one at either side of the desk. Anyone who sits and meets with the person seated behind the desk must contend not only with that person, but also with the art.
An original work of art is not only visually appealing, but it also communicates the personality, abilities, creativity, inspiration, mind, and sometimes the genius of the artist who created it.
An original work of art reflects and often enhances the personality of the individual who owns it.
Art attracts tourism, visitors, and money. People travel to the great cities of the world to see great museums, works of art, and, of course, they spend money while doing so.
People decide what locations to spend time (and money) at based on the types and amounts of art they expect to encounter. For example, commercial spaces such as restaurants, hotels, and meeting places can be more or less interesting and attractive to consumers depending on the art they display (or lack of it).
Art is environmentally friendly, energy efficient (assuming it's not by Nam June Paik et al.), and easy to maintain. It does not increase global warming, use fossil fuels, or need regular tune-ups.
Across the country and around the world, artists move into troubled or blighted neighborhoods and revitalize them with their artistry. Property values increase, new businesses move in, and the overall quality of life improves immeasurably. Sooner or later, the public discovers what wonderful places these neighborhoods have become. In some cases, people travel thousands of miles to visit them, vacation there, and buy art.
Art makes people proud to live, work, and play where they do. They point to their museums, public monuments, and cultural institutions with pride. As you can see, owning fine art has numerous benefits. (Thanks Alan Bamberger)
http://www.glimpseonline.com/categoryRender.asp?retid=&categoryID=3634 will take you to my glimpse shop.
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25 June 2008

Portraits drawn on glass

Now I have improved my glass-cutting skills I can make these. I put the glass on top of a photo and using enamel and pabeo traced the features onto the glass. Then I cut the image of the person out and, like a jigsaw puzzle, cut green/gold glass to go either side to fill in the frame.
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6 June 2008

A touch of Glass.


Suncatcher 13.5 x13.5 cm.
This is an ideal shape from the view of the designer. It is complex enough to be interesting and its complexity is due to cutting the glass into shapes. Each of the 5 bits of glass in the centre is held in place by the square surrounding came so the corners don't need milliput or tape or came on their curved edges. I will be making more of these.
The more little bits of coloured glass the better: came is not so nice to look at and takes time to fix in place. Milliput although excellent in its holding power needs to be mixed, rolled, put in place, left to set for hours and then any smears cleaned off.
The rainbow effect is made by dichroric polyester film which also shows in the projection.

Don't worry - Writing on glass

Suncatcher 13.5 x 13.5 cm.
The glass is fixed with milliput. This text is written with enamel but I have similar success with housepaint and pabeo products. They all stick well as long as the glass is cleaned first: apple vinegar is more effective for this than detergent. If the glass is painted on and put in the oven gas 1 for 5 minutes and allowed to cool it stays on even better; but by stays on even better I mean it was immersed in water outside in winter for months so that really is testing to destruction. My tests were: 1.don't clean the glass then paint, 2.clean the glass then paint, 3.clean the glass, paint then bake. 1, came off overnight, 2. lasted months 3. lasted 2 years then was discarded-it plainly was there for good.
The crystal is held in with embroidery silk fixed onto the glass with the adhesive tape I use to fix the glass into the came. This tape shows as a black line so I prefer the effect of tying the crystal onto the glass directly which I have used before.

5 June 2008

Complex patterns in stained glass

Two suncatchers, both 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm. Both have complex patterns.
The one with the blue border has a central green area held with milliput (epoxy resin). This was inspired by the work of Gaudi the architect, who used broken pottery to cover large areas. Both required a great deal of work to achieve such detail. Tiffany-style lamps are sold locally and the bits of glass are held together using epoxy resin. To be offered for sale at the prices they are, the artisan who makes them must be paid very little. I need to get a level of complexity without too much work.

4 June 2008

Glass Jewels

Suncatcher (13.5 x 13.5 cm). The central orange glass 'jewel' is fixed with milliput, in a roll at least 4mm thick. I want the effect of lots of colours so I am aiming to use as little as is practical of any material to make the frame. The two side panels have little bits of glass only held at the edges. This effect I really like. The glass looks like boiled sweets. It is a little naff, which appeals to me. The jewels are also nice and I need to find a way of fixing them- they are too fat to fit into the came. Holding them with milliput works but it means they are surrounded with a dark outline.
The 'jewel' althogh it looks lovely in the suncatcher, adds nothing to the projection.