Thursday, March 29, 2012

airport, flughafen, aeropuerto, lentokentta ...

Last year, I saw many airports inside and out, under many different lights and weather conditions, and tried to document these experiences with my small phone camera. I find the muted, controlled colours of vast flat surfaces dotted with bright detail very beautiful. I love the angles and forms of machines and structures framing the large fields of space and sky. Really love.

I made this quick piece on the last morning of the fantastic Swiss jeweller David Bielander's workshop, following some intense study of those collected phone photos. I welded galvanised steel and mild steel together, then treated the piece in a kiln, and added some areas of enamel paint.

For a long time, I couldn't quite see (or rather, feel) what this object was about, even though there was a direct connection to my images and experiences. The intuitive and rapid fabrication probably contributed to the initial "numbness", too, plus at the time I was recovering from a worst cold ever -- caught in a plane back to Australia just days before! : )

However as I'm studying it again now, through camera, in preparation for further work on the theme, I feel that perhaps there is some type of life in it after all. It makes me interested to try and see how better communicate dense, strong structures and open spaces in one piece.

Just wanted to post it for myself to archive, and to ponder it a bit more on-screen. Next, I'll be making a small series, continuing from this object, under the idea of air/ports for the upcoming exhibition Heat Exchange in Arizona. The show will focus on contemporary enamelling, and bring together artists from several continents. Exciting!! You can check out and learn more about the participants and their processes and thoughts here. I'll be continuing the exploration of airports and objects over there, too.

I'm also hoping to develop some larger scale object work around similar materials and forms as shown here. We'll see ... Next, unpacking the samples from Doris Betz's intensive master class last month. The working year has really begun. Yay!


Monday, March 26, 2012

More than 2 million beads glued on a Volkswagen!

2 families of four, 9000 hours, over 2 million beads: A 'Vochol', Volkswagen beaded by the Huichol people of west-central Mexico.

© The Smithsonian Institute 2012
(Produced by: Megan Gambino and Ryan R. Reed)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

night flight

Lately, I've been collating photos of my work in preparation of a website (knock on wood!!), and found some older pieces which I haven't yet posted here.

The dark piece above was originally a part of a larger work, and a sister to the 'white flight' pendant.

Night flight, 2010, enamel on mild steel, 18ct gold
White flight, 2010, enamel on mild steel, 18ct gold

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

leading brands

Thursday, March 8, 2012

a is for autumn

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cats in Japan (alright!)

© Miyoko Ihara 2011

GUESS what this is… starts with a V, ends with an R, has a B somewhere in there…
and apparently, makes you grow ears!

© Miyoko Ihara 2011

"Please be aware that applying make-up on the train may be bothersome to others."
Poster at a subway station in Tokyo.

Osaka–Koyasan–Tokyo, October/November 2011

Sunday, March 4, 2012

steel flowers

I discovered these fascinating forms while flying in a small plane (De Havilland DHC-8 Series 300) up NSW coast. The phenomenon is caused by the coinciding speeds of the phone camera and the propeller blades. Perhaps because we were heading for holidays, the metal patterns reminded me of strange, tropical plants …

Interesting about the shadow, too.

Sydney–Port Macquarie, January 2012