Scissors Box? … and More!

Concentrated time in the studio is resulting in a flurry of projects — snippets of ideas are beginning to be translated into objects, and even some woodturning has happened ….

Rebecca Kolodziejczak Rebecca is an advanced student at UArts and for the first time, the Windgate ITE International Residency has added a student to the mix. Rebecca has been sharing her wealth of knowledge of Philly — she, Michaela, and Katie introduced me to Dirty Franks a few night ago, “the” local dive bar.

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Another “crown” for Rebecca, the new one a prototype out of oak, which is helping her work up courage to use the ebony lumber, on the right in the photo. A wood-pearl-and-horsehair crown that Rebecca previously made can be seen in the background.

Katie and Rebecca discuss techniques, processes, and design.

 

Nucharin Wangphongsawasd Nuch brings with her an intensely focused concentration and is exploring the limitations of using a bandsaw and a tablesaw to make parts for sculptures.

A heartbeat, a rhythm, memories of  Thailand …

Nuch is beginning to recognize patterns within patterns as her stockpile of parts grows.

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Next comes the lathe, an ideal machine for repetitive making of individual parts!

 

Michaela Crie Stone Michaela is from Maine and works at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, where she has studio space. Philadelphia weather is way too hot for her and she is missing her early morning running regimen.

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Michaela is exploring the possibilities of using formed strips of wood as the basis for sculpture and body adornment.

But first, the maple curls need their own adornment. The limitless possibilities will require days of exploring, and this residency is the ideal setting for acquiring and developing new techniques.

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A few of Michaela’s tools and supplies, which have already been supplemented.

 

Ashley Eriksmoen Although Ashley is originally from California, she has a full-time teaching position in Australia.

Ashley’s narrative skipping-stone-and-poetry box is almost finished. As I admire this box and then see her next project, it’s as though she brought a peaceful offering from Australia ….

To be confronted with gun violence in America.

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Ashley became intrigued with turned objects (rejects from Echo Lake collaborative) and has started her own collaboration.

 

Amy Forsyth Amy studied architecture in college and worked as an architect for several years. From sketches made while traveling through towns (as well as from panoramic photographs), Amy is translating visual impressions into three-dimensional sculpture.

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Sketchbook always at the ready, Amy is also working on larger-scale drawings, which she intends to include in the exhibition.

A town, roads, buildings, trees …. the sculpture literally unfolds on wooden hinges and is figuratively unfolding as Amy thinks of additional scenes to add.

 

Katie Hudnall Katie teaches furnituremaking at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and her summertimes offer an opportunity to work on her own projects.

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Katie’s scissors box is not what you might think. Even though Katie is one of the most organized woodworkers ever (think: a box containing scissors), this scissors box reveals Katie’s delightfully quirky nature, as though a random pair of scissors protested being contained. The lid clacks open and shut as the handles are manipulated — what fun! In the background you can see part of Katie’s growing automata ….

Katie’s automata originated from humble boxlike beginnings.

What could all these seemingly disparate parts have in common? Stay tuned ….

 

Contrasts

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Katie’s boxed-automata and Michaela’s curls peacefully hang around together.

 

Today will be another busy shop day, but we all might need naps. We can all attest to the fact that the fire alarm in our residence hall works and is LOUD! 5:20 was way too early to be jolted out of sleep.

— Betty J. Scarpino, Photojournalist

 

 

 

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