Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arrowmont 2010: Righteous Reliquaries for Ordinary Objects

An exciting workshop will be taking place this Summer at Arrowmont!

Mark your calendars: June 20-26.

Becky Mcdonah will be instructing a course titled "Rigtheous Reliquares for Ordinary Objects":

"...Create elaborate containers for those cherished items you keep tucked away, wrapped up in an old sock, or something that you interact with everyday. The focus of this workshop will be designing small containers that incorporate mechanisms from basic hinges to cradle hinges, bayonet closures and more… and we can’t leave out pressure fitting. Cold connections and entrapment will also be covered as we are working with found objects which may not be able to withstand heat. Surface treatments and embellishments will be addressed as well along with cutting glass for viewing options. Students will relate their design choices back to the items they choose to contain."

This is a great opportunity and sure to be tons of fun! Don't miss it!

For more of Becky's work, go to her flickr account.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring 2010 BFA Graduates

Congratulations to our graduating BFA Seniors this semester! They are an outstanding group and will be greatly missed. (From left to right: Daniel Icaza, Becky McDonah (fearless leader), Benjamin Isaiah, Julie Mikelson, Devlyn Kanaga, and Terri Valencia)

See images of their work below:

Julie MikelsonDaniel IcazaBenjamin IsaiahDevlyn KanagaTerri Valencia

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

MFA Thesis Exhibition: "Invented Heirlooms" by Lynette Andreasen

MFA Thesis Exhibition for Lynette Andreasen

“Invented Heirlooms”

March 8th-19th, 2010

ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Harry Wood Gallery


The show features handcrafted jewelry and sculpture utilizing an exciting and unique combination of precious metals and found objects. Works contain narratives relating to both past and present experiences, revolving around family history, personal relationships, memory, and domestic heirlooms. Viewers are encouraged to revisit their past, consider objects of personal historical significance, and reflect on their own relationships. Andreasen makes use of familiar found objects rich in history, such as antique silver platters, discarded flatware, and chandelier crystals; She embraces marks of use and wear while also incorporating delicate detail through the addition of hand embroidery, pearls, silk, and lace. This juxtaposition dually references past generations and intimate activities that held significance to the family. Each found object is carefully selected, and brings its own history to the work; The rust, scratches and dents all play an important role in the stories being told. It is Andreasen’s clarity of purpose and calculated execution which have allowed her to create this compelling collection of pieces that are accessible, yet also meaningful on an intimate, personal level: objects of significance that help identify the moments and memories of everyday life.


The exhibition will be held on Arizona State University ’s campus in Tempe , AZ , in the Art Building , Harry Wood Gallery.

900 S. Forest Mall
(west of Forest and Tyler Malls intersection)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday


March 8th-19th

An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 8th from 7-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.