Artists at Work

Guy Yanai

by Kate on March 31, 2015

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As someone who has a love/hate relationship with my messy workspace, I get a real thrill when I get to peek inside the studios of fellow creatives. I rarely care about the furniture, or the books and tchotchkes—although those do say a lot about a person and are fun to snoop around. In truth, it’s the mess I love: the paint spills, the stray marks, the piles spilling over tables … that’s the good stuff.

Before I saw the paintings of Guy Yanai, a young artist currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel, I saw this image of his studio. I was instantly drawn to the space, and the millions of colored smears on the walls and floors. Their expressiveness provides such a stark contrast to the tidy, linear brushstrokes in his paintings. It’s always a treat to sneak a glimpse of how a work of art is made, and the space an artist inhabits. I hope you enjoy this look into his studio as much as I do, and I highly recommend taking the time to check out more of Yanai’s alluring, candy-colored paintings on his website

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The Wilderness Workshop

by meg on February 12, 2015

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Back in Issue No. 3 (Spring 2011), we featured a story on Herriott Grace, a collaboration between Nikole Herriott and her father Lance. A wood craftsman, Lance hand-carves and turns wood objects like cake pedestals and spoons, while Nicole runs the online shop that sells his creations. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, while Nikole is in Toronto, Ontario—they are 3400 km apart.

The photographer of that story was Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

Perhaps Nikole and Lance’s story resonated with her and planted a seed of inspiration because last year Thayer launched a venture with her “pops,” Joe, called The Wilderness Workshop. Joe is a stained glass artist in Vermont and Thayer manages their online outpost in San Francisco—they are 3100 miles apart.

Feathers are a mainstay of the The Wilderness Workshop’s offerings—as both Thayer and Joe share a love for wildlife. Each piece is hand-cut by Joe and features silver, black, or copper veins. Together they discuss the meanings behind certain birds and decide what colors and materials to use for each feather. I appreciate that these aren’t simply generic feathers, but there is thought and research behind each design. Even the cuts made in each piece mimic the breaks in a feather’s barbs.

And as if the bi-coastal father-daughter approach isn’t heart-warming enough, they also brought in another member: Thayer’s mom, who now handles inventory, glass orders, shipping, and even doing some bird research as well.

With that kind of craft, care, and family pride ingrained into each stained glass piece, you know you’re getting something truly special.

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{Photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

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Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }

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Valeria Nascimento

by Alexis on June 11, 2014

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When I first saw the work of Valeria Nascimento, it didn’t cross my mind that the ethereal installations could be made from anything other than paper. But her beautiful, wafer-thin creations are actually ceramic. Valeria has a degree in architecture—which comes through in the ordered structure of many of her pieces—but immediately resonated with clay as soon as she was introduced to the medium after graduation. Her design school education along with the time she spent growing up on a farm in Brazil have fused into a beautiful style Valeria describes as “about repetitive sequencing with separate elements to form a cohesive sculptural group.”

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Today we’re sharing our fourth and final installment of Claudette Carracedo‘s The Mother-Daughter Project; the series has been a sweet reflection leading up to Mother’s Day. It’s easy to focus solely on the particular phase a relationship is in at present, but the breadth of these relationships is a good reminder of memories from the past, as well as a look into the years to come. If you missed week one, two, or three, spend some time reading them this weekend. Thanks for sharing these with us, Claudette!

From Claudette: Vickie is my wonderful mom. This past year has been one of her most trying. I’m constantly inspired by her courage, strength, and perseverance. Making her laugh makes me happy.

From Claudette: It never ceases to amaze me how our pets play such pivotal roles in our lives. They are family. And like family, they help us through both our trials and tribulations. Hearing how Tupelo was there for Romy at a time she needed it most was just heartwarming. Romy’s incredible wife, Heather, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She underwent a lumpectomy, 6 month of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, followed by 5 weeks of radiation.

From Claudette: Michelle and Maiya have one of the sweetest mother-daughter relationships, filled with crazy amounts of kisses, hugs, and love. And a lot of silliness. But don’t be fooled, this little 5-year-old is a big fan of Star Wars and can probably out-quiz you if challenged!

{ Photos by Claudette Carracedo }

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