Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Nests

Once again I altered some prints of nests, to create 2 new pieces. I am loving the alterations of prints, using ribbon, thread and paint. The prints are only held onto the stiff back paper with stitching of some sore. It is so fun to use thread in my nest pieces.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Long and Winding Road and Nest Eggs #1 (The Red Thread)

Here are two new pieces that I have finished on this Thanksgiving weekend. The scanner doesn't seem to give the red thread the correct colour, but you get the idea. I have hand-stitched the nest. The nest below used ribbon and stitching. The concept of the financial market being held together by a thread and therefore some family budgets being held together in the same way. My daughter asked last night why is the nest red, and I said of course that the "in the red" of the financial world is the reason.

Nest Eggs #1 (Red Thread)

Long and Winding Road 
9 x9"

Friday, October 7, 2011

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools - 100th Anniversary Gala

Quite a while ago I was asked to create a very special commission piece for the 100th anniversary of the Catholic School division. I created a linocut for each person that will attend the gala dinner tomorrow night. At the gala I will be explaining the printing process and destroying the printing plates that the prints were created from. I will also have my printing press on display as well as the tools used to create the block. A personal goal of mine with the process is to create an understanding of the difference between a print and a reproduction. A print being concieved of as a print from the beginning and a reproduction often beginning in another medium.

I also did the graphics for the event in partnership with my son and created 10 panels that outline the history of the Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Below you will find the print and the panels.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CSEA Teaching Award - Fredericton

I recently found out that I won a teaching award from the Canadian Society for Education Through Art (CSEA).  I decided today to not attend the awards in Fredericton for a few reasons. One, it is really far from here, two, connections are bad because I am booking so late, three my friend Wanda Underhill has a big event at her new gallery and four I have been away from home too much lately. And of course money is always a factor. Plus, I want to make some art.  Here is one of the images that they will show on the powerpoint when my award is announced.

Bird - by Liam Grade 2

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hanging by a Thread

This is a new piece of mine. I used my print of a nest and my sewing machine to create a very interesting textured piece. It is part of my series that comments on the current economic crisis. The piece will be included in an exhibition at Open Studio in Toronto in December. I love the paper that I printed on. I bought it in Budapest and just love the texture. A similar piece will be included in an exhibition at Cube Gallery, Ottawa in December.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Christmas Smalls Show VII

New upcoming exhibition. Today I got word that I will be in an exhibition in Ottawa in December. I will be including several nests and a few tulips.

Details below

Christmas Smalls Show VII
Nov 29-Dec 31, 2011
Group Exhibition
Cube Gallery
1285 Wellington St. W. Ottawa, Canada

Curated by Don Monet