Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Grammy Awards

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Foxes and Jaime Derringer

{ Foxes }  { Jaime Derringer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Zendaya Coleman and Kiki Smith

{ Zendaya Coleman }  { Kiki Smith }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Ashanti and Katy Horan

{ Ashanti }  { Katy Horan }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Sara Bareilles and Elise Wehle

{ Sara Bareilles }  { Elise Wehle }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Natasha Bedingfield and Valerie Hammond

{ Natasha Bedingfield }  { Valerie Hammond }

 

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Golden Globes

It’s that time again, folks. Awards season! And with it comes one my favorite series here on the Westervin blog: “Who Are You Pairing?

Looking back, I realized this will be my third year creating red carpet & art pairings! I really enjoy putting these together, and not just because it gives me an excuse to spend an entire Sunday evening drooling over gorgeous gowns AND scouring the interwebs for inspiring works of art. It also gives me an opportunity to join two subjects that I enjoy but that aren’t often associated with one another (at least, I haven’t seen many other pairings like these). It’s simply fun to combine the dreamy, glamorous world of the red carpet with bright, intriguing, and beautifully crafted drawings, paintings, and sculpture that might not have the same main stream appeal as Hollywood. Let’s enjoy the beauty of both!

Also, a big amen to the ladies who rocked bold colors or intricate patterns last night! Those are always more fun to work with…

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Julie Bowen and Kustaa Saksi

{ Julie Bowen }  { Kustaa Saksi }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Sandra Bullock and Erin Flannery

{ Sandra Bullock }  { Erin Flannery }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Aubrey Plaza and Yrjo Edelmann

{ Aubrey Plaza }  {  Yrjö Edelmann }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Caitlin FitzGerald and Aaron Skolnick

{ Caitlin FitzGerald }  { Aaron Skolnick }

Who Are You Pairing at the 2014 Golden Globes: Lupita Nyong'o and Jeremy Miranda

{ Lupita Nyong’o }  { Jeremy Miranda }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Kaley Cuoco and Jenny Brown

{ Kaley Cuoco }  { Jenny Brown }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Joanna Newsom with Andy Samberg and Sarah Ball

 { Joanna Newsom & Andy Samberg }  { Sarah Ball }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Rocsi and Alan Reid

{ Rocsi }  { Alan Reid }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Zooey Deschanel and Thomas D. Meyer

{ Zooey Deschanel }  { Thomas D. Meyer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Michelle Dockery and Brooks Salzwedel

{ Michelle Dockery }  { Brooks Salzwedel }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Emilia Clarke and Lilli Carré

{ Emilia Clarke }  { Lilli Carré }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Laura Carmichael and Steve Juras

{ Laura Carmichael }  { Steve Juras }

Craft Contexts, Maker's Remarks

Pauli Ochi of Ochi Gallery & Shop

Pauli Ochi Jewelry, Arrowhead Ring

{ Pauli Ochi Jewelry; photo credit: Tessa Sheehan }

It’s that time, folks! We haven’t had a Maker’s Remarks post here on Westervin in over a year (sad face), but today is the day for a new installment (jubilent face)! As I mentioned last week, Pauli Ochi (see: Ochi Gallery, Ochi Shop, and her line of handcrafted jewelry) kindly answered a few (and them some) questions about her jewelry, her creative process, and her daily life running a gallery & shop in awe-inspiring Sun Valley, Idaho. She’s really a fascinating woman! Let’s read up:

Pauli Ochi making jewelry

What materials do you use for creating your necklaces, and why do you prefer to work with them?

I’ll use anything that catches my eye: semi-precious stones, vintage pieces that I re-work, occasionally different fabrics. Right now I’m having a throwback interest to seed beads, which I used when I was a kid. I took a long break from them because they can be so tedious, but I’m in a mood to embrace the challenge.

Where do you find inspiration for your necklace designs?

Mainly through material. I’ll spend hours in the fashion district when I go to NY, or in bead stores anywhere I travel, or perusing the internet for colors and textures that look interesting.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: multicolor crystal rings

Do you have an intended wearer in mind when you make your necklaces?

Definitely. I design for the girl/woman who can pull off statement pieces but still look casual. She loves both jewelry and art and has an appreciation for things that are handmade and all their imperfections. It’s important for me to keep my ideal wearer in mind because it keeps me focused on the final product. Sometimes I move on to a new piece before I finish the last one!

Why do you choose to make things by hand?

I think it has a lot to do with growing up in a gallery surrounded by people who consider the art-making process and who appreciate things made by hand.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: handmade statement necklaces

{ photo credit: Tessa Sheehan }

As a person who makes jewelry by hand and runs an art gallery, do you have an opinion on the common but complex distinction made between art and craft?

I’ll respect good art, and I’ll respect good craft. I don’t think I worry too much about the distinction. In fact I think Ochi Shop is a place that embraces both art and craft without seeking to define them.

I’m afraid I’ve never been to Idaho. Should I visit?

Yes Idaho is amazing. The town I live in, Sun Valley, is literally awe inspiring, not to sound too cheesy.

Sun Valley Idaho by Baron Von Fancy

{ Sun Vally, Idaho, Bar Von Fancy }

Tell me about the art you select for Ochi Gallery and the items you select for Ochi Shop.

My parents started Ochi Gallery almost 40 years ago. I’ve inherited working with some really accomplished artists who have had long careers, which in the art world means real perseverance. I try to hold any new artists I bring into our program, or into the shop, to the same standard; that is, they have to be both talented and truly committed to their vision.

Is there a type of work you’re most excited to promote through your gallery or shop?

I love work with a conceptual edge or a sense of humor. And of course I love work that is inspiringly beautiful, where the artist considered everything from material to process to final product. I’m always most excited to promote the work of artists who have the personality as well as the talent.

Baron Von Fancy at Ochi Gallery

{ Baron Von Fancy’s “This Must Be the Place” at Ochi Gallery }

Can you pick a favorite of the exhibitions you’ve curated?

Probably not! Some are more fun and come together more smoothly than others, but working with different artists sometimes means having completely different jobs. I’ve found myself doing the most random things in the name of art. I’ve had to figure out how to move several tons of sand into the gallery, I’ve helped select models for a performance piece, I’ve even dug in the snow for an outdoor installation. My favorite is always the one I’m working on. For instance, right now I’m obsessed with Baron Von Fancy’s “This Must Be the Place,” and Erin Rachel Hudak’s “My Nature / Your Nature.”

Erin Rachel Hudak at Ochi Gallery

{ meet me here, mountains, Erin Rachel Huduk }

What do you most look forward to when you start each day?

That’s such a good question because I always think about that quote “how you start the day is how you live your life.” I look forward to my morning runs outside and to whatever creative project I’m working on (because there’s always something!) This morning, for instance, I was looking forward to peeking at the Dropbox folder my lookbook photographer, Tessa Sheehan, sent me!

Seen any good movies lately?

I thought Starlet, starring Dree Hemmingway, was surprisingly good. We just watched Searching for Sugarman, which is a crazy story. That was a good documentary. Lately though, I’m kind of into Netflix’s original series.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: handmade statement necklaces

{ photo credits: Tessa Sheehan }

Craft Contexts

With Ink or Thread

Embroider by Marguerite Zorach, 1900

{ My Home in Fresno Around 1900, wool embroidered on linen, Marguerite Zorach }

I fell down the rabbit hole recently, scouring the interwebs for some visual inspiration in textile arts. Crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, applique, quilting–I’ve always loved a good fabric craft! I was recently reading about Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), who was an American painter turned textile artist considered a pioneer for her rugs, tapestries, and other textile works. Though she preferred working in textiles–she said she could find more brilliant colors in wool than in paint–I found it much easier to uncover images of her oil paintings. Sadly, major art institutions and aficionados did not (and many probably still don’t) consider her textile works equivalent to her oil paintings. I disagree! Just look at these incredible pieces!

embroidered handbag by Marguerite Zorach

{ Handbag, wool embroidery on burlap or linen, Marguerite Zorach }

The Circus, embroidery by Marguerite Zorach

{ The Circus, embroidery on wool or linen, 1929, Marguerite Zorach }

detail of embroidered panel by Marguerite Zorach

 { detail of embroidered panel, polychrome wool on linen, 1925-28, Marguerite Zorach }

Maine Islands, embroidery by Marguerite Zorach

{ Maine Islands, needlework and pencil on canvas, 1919, Marguerite Zorach }

batik scarf by Marguerite Zorach

{ batik scarf, wax-resist dye on plain-weave silk, 1918, Marguerite Zorach }

embroidered rug by Marguerite Zorach

{ The Snake and Bird, wool on linen, 1937, Marguerite Zorach }

These next two pieces I found in an a New York Times article about rugs–they were made a little before Zorach’s time by unknown or anonymous artists. Beautiful and odd…

hooked rug

M.E.H.N., hooked rug, 1868, artist unknown }

applique table cover

A table cover, made of wool embroidery and cotton applique on wool, 1870, artist unknown }

Now let’s look a few contemporary artists working in textiles for even more fiber arts inspiration! Below are some of my favorite pieces I’ve found recently.

embroidery by Tracey Emin

{ Soft Blue, embroidered calico, 2012, by Tracey Emin }

embroidery by Joetta Maue

{ Asleep on the Couch, hand embroidered, painted, and appliquéd re-appropriated linen, 2012, Joetta Maue }

embroidery by Arimoto Yumiko

{ detail of embroidered bag by Arimoto Yumiko, found via Embroidery as Art }

embroidery by Stephen Sollins

{ Elegy (…and glad to be home…), embroidery, 2004, Stephen Sollins, found via Embroidery as Art }

embroidery by Ana Teresa Barboza

bordado y tela, embroidery, 2010, Ana Teresa Barboza }

cross stitch by Dina Weiss

Bowery, summer trash, needlepoint, 2010-2011, Dina Weiss }

embroidery by Jenny Hart

This Work Never Ends, hand embroidery on salvaged cotton, 2002, Jenny Hart }

embroidered linen by Joetta Maue

{ She Danced …hand embroidered, appliquéd, cut, and stained re-appropriated linen, 2011, Joetta Maue }

embroidered face by Stacey Page

{ Rachel, Stacey Page, found via Embroidery as Art }

embroidered portrait by Daniel Kornrumpf

Line of Sight (detail), hand embroidered on linen, 2012, Daniel Kornrumpf }

embroidered portrait by Stacey Page

{ Henry, Stacey Page, found via Embroidery as Art }

embroidery on satin by Jenny Hart

Luck – 1972hand embroidery, sequins and appliqué on satin, 2003, Jenny Hart }

Craft Contexts

Craft is Not a Four Letter Word

carnations in a chain-link fence

{ carnations in a fence outside the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013 }

While Brian and I were at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this past weekend, we ran into a friend of mine who had some of his photographs on display in one of the festival’s popup galleries, which were coordinated by the South Logan Arts Coalition. After catching up, I mentioned my summer project — reading through Makers: A History of American Studio Craft and writing regular blog posts on topics or ideas inspired by the text — and that I was at the festival to gather some material for my next post. He seemed genuinely interested but a little puzzled. “So you’re a… crafter?” he asked, hesitating on the word, as if he wasn’t sure what the appropriate term was.

Evan Baden with photographs from Under the Influence

{ Evan Baden in front of his work, photographs from Under the Influence,

at a South Logan Arts Coalition popup gallery }

He admitted that it seemed almost like a dirty word, that some people speak about craft as something to be looked down on. And it’s true—many people consider “craft” to be of less value than “fine art.” Perhaps they think of craft as requiring less imagination, less intellect, less skill — who knows what, just less. But I don’t hesitate to identify as a crafter, though I think it’s important for me to acknowledge that I’m more of a hobby crafter or a domestic crafter rather than a maker of fine or studio craft.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Stephanie Burke and Jeriah Hildwine

{ detail of T and O Map by Stephanie Burke & Jeriah Hildwine }

After confidently shaking my head yes, yes I would call myself a crafter, my friend seemed a little perplexed again at my reason for attending the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. Perhaps he was worried I wouldn’t find much by way of craft inspiration. But the funny thing is that the very popup gallery we were in, which showcased the work of at least six different artists, had more to do with craft than not. Almost one entire wall was taken over by Stephanie Burke and Jeriah Hildwine, whose several pieces of mixed media work included quilting, embroidery, and sewing. Textile arts? Or textile crafts? You say potato.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Garth Borovicka

Ends of the Earth by Garth Borovicka }

Also in the room were wooden miniature works by Garth Borovicka, which I’ve seen at the Renegade Craft Fair and on Etsy. Those are pretty clearly “craft” venues. These Borovicka pieces that were on display at the popup gallery were hanging on the wall next to a slip of paper that described the work — its maker, its materials, its title. So, if it’s hanging on a wall in gallery, it’s art, and if it’s sitting on a table at a craft fair, it’s craft? My head hurts. Either way, Borovicka’s pieces are delightful….

Wooden miniatures by Garth Borovicka

{ Desktop blocks by Garth Borovicka }

Everyday objects are transformed into public art in these tiny worlds. A paper clip becomes an oversized sculpture in the manner of artist Claus Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, adding wonder to any work space. —- Garth Borovicka

Like the wood and textile works in the popup gallery that I’ll call “craft adjacent,” miniatures are a phenomenon that seem to float somewhere between art and craft. A good friend of mine who works in the art auction world was recently describing a miniatures collection that she was helping to sell. It seemed odd at first, not just the idea that someone had collected thousands upon thousands of teeny tiny handmade pieces of furniture and home décor, but also the fact that these pieces were part of an “art auction” being sold for a couple hundred bucks a pop. She showed us a few pictures, and after I stopped awing over the preciousness of the itsy bitsy works, I started to wonder at the skill required to make exquisite replicas of furniture, sometimes famous antique pieces of furniture, on such a small scale. My friend then passed around her phone with a picture of a miniature silver platter with incredible detail — it was about as tall as one’s thumb. When she was helping to unpack all the miniatures, she unwrapped this little platter, turned it over in her hand, and found her father’s signature on the bottom. Her father, a silversmith, had actually made this piece. Apparently, his mother was an avid collector of miniatures herself. What a small world (and other puns).

Miniature Furniture

{ hand-carved Rosewood miniature furniture }

So what’s the difference? Why is “craft” sometimes a dirty word in the art world? I wish I could explain it. Truth be told, I’ve spent the last few months trying to figure it out, reading books and articles, asking curators and craftspeople, thinking about it while I stare out the bus window on my commute home. I think I’m beginning to formulate my own understanding of the division, but it’s just a nugget of an idea right now. There seem to be a number of ways to slice it: form versus function, head versus hand, expression versus reflection. But none of these divisions really tell the whole story. There’s no doubt there’s plenty of grey area here. I’m sure I’ll never figure it out completely, and I’m sure my opinions will evolve over time, but after this summer, I hope to have a better understanding of studio craft and, therefore, a better idea of how craft is similar to and different from art. If I get closer to an answer, you’ll be the first to know!

Craft Contexts, Faire Play

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013

After my last post on craft fairs and their impact on commerce and culture, I was motivated to get out of our apartment this weekend. The beautiful weather didn’t hurt either. I went with Brian to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival yesterday in search of some crafty inspiration. We were not disappointed! For those of you who weren’t able to attend this fun neighborhood event, I am happy to share — through the modern miracle that is the internet — some of my favorite sightings. Feast your eyes upon these glorious works of creativity! May they inspire you in some way…

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Stephanie Burke and Jeriah Hildwine

{ T and O Map by Stephanie Burke & Jeriah Hildwine }

The first several photos were taken at one of the festival’s popup galleries, which were put together by the South Logan Arts Coalition.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Stephanie Burke and Jeriah Hildwine

{ right: Eldar Thing and T and O Map by Stephanie Burke & Jeriah Hildwine }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Garth Borovicka

{ Ends of the Earth by Garth Borovicka }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Garth Borovicka

Ends of the Earth by Garth Borovicka }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: photograph by Evan Baden

{ From Under the Influence by Evan Baden }

 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Evan Baden at a South Logan Arts Coalition Popup Gallery

Evan Baden }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Atira Design

{ Atira Design }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Atira Design

Atira Design }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Penguin Foot Pottery

{ ceramics on display at the Penguin Foot Pottery tent }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Penguin Foot Pottery

{ ceramics on display at the Penguin Foot Pottery tent }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Rich Salamander's wire portraits

{ wire portraits by Rich Salamender of Neglected Renderings }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Rich Salamander of Neglected Renderings

{ Rich Salamender of Neglected Renderings }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Natalie Wagner

It Could All End in an Instant: The Existance of Absolute Destruction by Natalie Wagner }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Natalie Wagner

{ It Could All End in an Instant: The Existance of Absolute Destruction by Natalie Wagner }

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: Natalie Wagner

Shopping Sherpa

Come On, Spring…

handmade art, accessories, and housewares inspired by Spring

{ 1. Mini Macrame Planters }  { 2. Custom Portraits on Wood }

{ 3. Butterfly Temporary Tattoos }  { 4. Cat Chase Wallet }  { 5. Compound Ring }

{ 6. Snow & Pearl Cup }  { 7. Lemon/Mint Scarf }

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2013 Oscars

Kerry Washington, Sarah Goodreau

Kerry Washington }  { Sarah Goodreau }

Jessica Chastain, Olivia Jeffries

Jessica Chastain }  { Olivia Jeffries }

Naomi Watts, Lilli Carre

{ Naomi Watts }  { Lilli Carré }

Halle Berry, John Guthrie

Halle Berry }  { John Guthrie }

Featured, Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2013 Golden Globes

Lucy Liu, Michelle Morin

{ Lucy Liu }  { Michelle Morin }

Cody Horn, Russell Leng

{ Cody Horn }  { Russell Leng }

Sienna Miller, Shannon Rankin

{ Sienna Miller }  { Shannon Rankin }

{ Ariel Winter }  { Fanny Rose }

Jessica Chastain, Mimi Jung

{ Jessica Chastain }  { Mimi Jung }

Zosia Mamet, Sarah Santi

{ Zosia Mamet }  { Sarah Santi }

Katia Washington, Jenny Brown

{ Katia Washington }  { Jenny Brown }

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Juan Chavarria, Jr.

{ Tina Fey & Amy Poehler }  { Juan Chavarria, Jr. }