Approximately 200 visitors to the Soos Creek Botanical Garden enjoyed tours, refreshments and plant drawings on a beautiful Spring day. Here, Debbie and Anita are describing the process of building Apeiron together to the morning tour of 25.
We're all set for Saturday at Soos Creek Botanical Gardens in Auburn. Guided tours start at the Welcome Arch at 11 am. Anita, Debbie, Jenifer and Greg will be there to talk about three of our ladies hidden amongst the spring beauty of this 22 acre strolling garden. We hope to see you, rain or shine!
Mira (shown), Apeiron and Artemis have found a home at Soos Creek Botanical Garden for the next few months! Join us on May 12 at 10 am to meet the artists and take a docent tour to find the ladies living in the beautiful landscape of the garden.
We've been having so much fun we thought we'd make the shop days for new 1000 Possibilities ideas official. Come join us on any third Thursday at Studio B! Interested? Send us a note and we'll save you a spot and send you directions. Hope to see you soon!
Tune in to 1150 AM for Pat Pauley's ARTbeat Northwest today, Tuesday 9/12 at 5 pm. Pat saw the ladies at Bellevue Botanical and invited us to discuss our project on the air! If you miss it you can also stream it from their archive - www.1150KKNW.com. Thank you for the opportunity, Pat!
Visited the amazing Johnny Baba Studio today and cast Debbie's face and shoulder. We didn't crush her windpipe TOO much getting this cast off... now it's on to building a positive for slumping glass. Johnny has the best music and stories, and the perfect playground for honing new skills in a new medium. Thanks Johnny! And Debbie - you're SO BRAVE!
The Never Ending Perfectionista reads the paper while she waits for the current coat of sealant to dry. If only she had arms so she could turn the page...
How lucky to be part of the first annual Glassfest event at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma this weekend! Such a great venue and the weather was amazing - what an incredible opportunity for our project. The ladies had so much attention! We hope to meet with some of the artists we connected with and get started on another piece very soon.
Delivered Artemis to ArtEast today - the process is slightly more complicated than Apeiron (it involves a trailer, a hand truck, packing peanuts and a small army of bungee cords) but the ladies look lovely together. We're so excited about this project and look forward to meeting people at the opening this Sunday!
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Local Team of Welders Leads Movement To Spotlight the Strength and Potential of Women
Renton/Maple Valley/Auburn/Federal Way, Washington - June 8, 2017 - A small crew of art welders are turning their passion for collaborative art into a year over year community sculpture project celebrating the beauty and strength of women. Built on the principles of creativity and empowerment, the project is committed to making a positive impact on women through engagement in the 3-dimensional art form.
“Women sometimes forget how powerful they are. We want them to thrive not only in their families but in their communities through public expression.” says Jenifer Wright, project founder and small business owner. “People don’t expect women to be welders or female forms to be made of steel or plants. We wanted to leverage this unexpectedness to highlight the unique potential of women and inspire others to explore large scale art.”
Working with fellow project founders Anita Schuller and Debbie Drllevich and Studio B owner Greg Bartol, the four realized that collaborating on large projects not only increased the scale of their pieces but it also raised the bar on their talents and expanded their portfolio to include other media. Inspired by this synergy, 1000 Possibilities was born. Using a common welded armature, local artists are invited to work together on sculptures that convey confidence and beauty through the female form. As the series grows, the pieces will move together through exhibitions, with the intention of a culminating event in a local garden space each year.
“Working together allows us to build on each other’s experience and expand outside our comfort zones. I think it makes us better artists and gives a strong voice to us as women.” says Debbie Drllevich.
1000 Possibilities is a collaborative series on feminine strength and potential. Believing that all women have strong voices and defining experiences to share, our goal is to incite creativity and empower women through engagement in the arts. We invite artists of all disciplines and skill levels to connect with each other and create 3D forms that embody women as they want to be seen - strong, powerful and full of possibility.
To participate in this project or for more information, contact:
So much thanks goes to Craig for drilling a hole in the rock base we're building for Artemis! Now we can assemble the root system over the rock and get Artemis off cinder blocks. Still have to work out how we can move her... maybe a pallet jack is all that's needed?
Visited Anita to check out the progress on Aperion. She has feet!
Tried out the welded root structure on the temporary base configuration. It looks good! Granted, cinder blocks and 4x4 ends from my old deck aren't the right way to make a girl feel supported, but we're going to fix that this week.
The creeping thyme was one of the first things I planted, but it seems to be one of the last things to start taking off. I planted Irish Moss today to see if a little competition for ground cover (arm cover?) might get things moving.
After several re-plantings, our girl seems to be taking off with Clematis, succulents and an assortment of carefully chosen ground covers. Now we just need some sun!
The original idea for Artemis was the semi-serious idea of making her a life-size chia pet. However, none of us wanted to be responsible for trimming her to maintain her girlish figure. Several brainstorms later we decided moss paint was the best idea ever... not so much. This paste made a lovely home for mold which later turned into a hardened shell we had to crack through and start over. Since moss has no problem growing on just about anything in Seattle, it laughed at our attempt of controlling it. On to plan C.
We discovered this lovely bubble-gum-hued mannequin at a Going Out of Business Sale. I brought her home and couldn't stop thinking of what else she could be. Sure, you can dress her in just about any imaginable way, but what else could she be MADE of? How else can you represent the gorgeousness of the female shape yet leave her open to the endless possibilities of WHO or WHAT she could be?
And so it starts. With wire and tape, and fabrics and hot glue... and cardboard appendages with aluminum foil skins. We fight over who's turn it is to dress her or wrap her in new shapes made of burlap and paper. Sofie has taken charge of costume changes and named our pink friend Clarisse. I've been missing the high touch of creating things with my hands and growing things in the earth. So as I start toying with the ideas of a living sculpture, the name for the first incarnation, the goddess of the wilderness, is clear - it's Artemis.