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“During Laura Victore’s senior year at the School of Visual Arts in NY she was involved in a portfolio class wherein all projects were focused around one central these– her thesis was “Gift.” Throughout the year she became fascinated with the idea of gifts and giving, and did research into the history of gift-giving in different cultures. During her studies she became interested with the idea of the fortune cookie. “It has a sublime simplicity of design, and more importantly a wonderful sense of surprise that comes with the ritual opening of them after a nice meal. The cookie is a gift. You don’t pay for it. And then, once you open the tiny package, you receive a forecast or positive message, and then you instantly want to share your fortune with everyone around you.” The results? She made these beautiful suede leather small fortune coin purses which comes with 3 different fortunes to choose from: All things are possible, everything is going to be alright and of course, follow your bliss.”
Link: LIBBY MCINNIS BIOGRAPHY.
“Libby Mcinnis is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her wild installations incorporate a number of elements including painting, baking, sculpture and mechanical constructions. Her work addresses the seemingly disparate worlds of disease, celebration, sex, and family by exploiting their common thread of addiction and allowing it to manifest into large-scale interactive sculptures. “
Link: Cara Barer Photographer.
I arrive at some of my images by chance. Others, through experimentation. Without these two elements, my work would not flow easily from one idea to the next. A random encounter on Drew Street with the Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for this project. After that chance meeting, I began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance.
I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house gave me a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect. Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper, and sometimes contents.
As I begin the process, I first consider the contents of each volume. I didn’t spend more than a few seconds on “Windows 95,” but the “New Century Dictionary of the English Language,” is a treasure that, because of its fascinating illustrations, and archaic examples, saved it from taking on a new form. Sculpting segued to thoughts on obsolescence and the relevance of libraries in this century.
In my parent’s mind, a set of encyclopedias was mandatory for a good education, and shameful not to provide it, and a trip to the library was the only way to research a paper. Now, however, that same sort of emphasis is placed on owning a computer, and connecting to the internet. A student’s research now can be done without ever leaving their desk. I have fully embraced that technology, and would not want to be without it, but, I also fear that it is slowly leading us to rely less and less on the reference books common in the last two centuries.
With the discarded books that I have acquired through different means, I am attempting to blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography. The images that contain words or phrases are meant to spark an emotion or memory in the viewer. Perhaps, the viewer might also imagine a complete fantasy, after considering “The Mad Woman.”
This project has become a journey that continues to evolve. Moreover, it has unfolded in ways that have surprised and galvanized me to carry on, and search for more ways to make us consider the future of books. -Cara Barer
Golden version. A business suit to travel to London with. Contact details of important numbers in London from the best Fismongers in town to the best Therapist” by Pascal Anson
Quote: Alexander Pope
“A collection of 33 brass and nickle plated large industrial safety or laundry pins mounted on a piece of rough cut beautifully patinated old lumber. Many of the pins have attached to them an additional ring with some sort of coded tag. Most of the pins have numbers stamped on their heads as well as patent dates of 1921. The pins average in length 5″. The entire display measures 4 1/2″ x 69″
Lost Found Art is a unique design company that specializes in sculptural installations and assemblages using antique and vintage pieces. Our works are created with an eye to scale, balance, color and surface interest, and the end result is a strong visual statement that combines artistic statement, whimsy, form and uniqueness.We can customize to fit any space, décor, or point of view. Subtle or outrageous, free standing or wall mounted, our collections become the focal point of any room in your home or business. Our designs work equally well in a contemporary setting as they do in the more traditional. Lost Found Art also offers in-house consulting in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas, providing an expert eye to residential owners and businesses in order to maximize the display potential of existing personal collections.
In addition to installations of multiple objects, Lost Found Art offers rare and unusual individual pieces that are strong enough to be displayed on their own.
We are always interested in buying collections of antiques regardless of their size.
Please call or email us with any specific interests you may have.” -lost found art
“This ring-making set reinterprets an old courting tradition with a contemporary twist that nevertheless keeps a hand-made approach alive.
Together is a costume jewellery-making set that enables two people to express their intimate feelings for each other. Historically, there is a long tradition in Europe of girls making a ring out of strands of their hair for their lovers to wear, and the set brings this tradition up-to-date for the modern world. Together encases fine strands of hair deep within a resin mould to construct contemporary fashionable costume jewellery that is personalised. The set includes moulds for making finger rings and a bottle of liquid resin. Making the ring is easy; first, half of resin is added to the mould, then the hair is laid into the mould, and the remaining resin poured in. Once dry, the ring can be removed from the mould and is ready to be worn. A number of different moulds are provided to suit different finger sizes, and different styles of ring.”
Quote: Laurence Sterne
Object:Object Project is looking for submissions!
Object:Object is a project that hopes to examine the process of translating verbal communication to visual communication while connecting all of the participants involved through personal and heartfelt narrative.
Write a detailed description of an object that you own or have owned which has particular sentimental value for you. Please describe the objects structure with as much detail as possible – be specific about it’s size, shape, colour and other necessary aesthetic elements. If you like, include a short written narrative about how you came to own the object or a short story of why this object is of special value to you. Please do not submit photographs or other visuals of the item.
The written descriptions collected will be remade in sculptural form by an artist participant. Artists will use only the written description, with no visual reference, to recreate these objects. The first showing of completed pieces will be installed in an upcoming collateral event for the Open Engagement Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan this October, 2007.
Submissions are being accepted now.
Quote: Walt Whitman