Monday, August 28, 2006

refound sculpture



Last weekend I took a class at the Rebuilding Center (http://www.rebuildingcenter.org/). This is a magical place full of nubby bits and rusty treasures. I have wandered the huge warehouse space in the past, dreaming of altars and altered book parts and other things that are good and creative, and have even brought home bags of scrapped odds and ends, but haven't really finished any serious project. So, this class changed that. It was a two-day event guided by Kirby Jones, who runs the Refind Center at the store (http://www.rebuildingcenter.org/refind/.)

The class was mostly women, minus one man who came with coyote skulls to be mounted on the end of flex-light poles (cool!) I made a cabinet-drawer shrine. I rewired a sweet vintage light fixture and mounted it on a drawer, enclosed another box and decorated it with a photo I took, a vintage Christmas ornament. I hand-cut pieces of moulding with a push-saw, and drilled pilot holes in all the right places. I bent metal and finally figured out the pop-rivet gun.



Two women made (very different) sculptural birds, another woman made a cool kinetic mobile from rims and other round parts. One woman began a trellis from spindels. Someone else made a small table. We were very tool-empowered. And had awesome wide open workspace, also a blessing.







some of the other class participants:

7 comments:

  1. That looks like soooo much fun! I would love to take a class like that!

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  2. Oh man! I would have LOVED that!!!! I SO need to get over to the Rebuilding Center and have me a wander! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Wow! The class sounds like it was great; plus, the folks in attendence sound as if they were contributing to the groove. I love what you made. There is a definate energy, which comes construction and assemblage. Nice show on your piece!

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  4. wow, that sounds like an awesome class! i'm pretty comfortable w/ 2d, but i really need to experiment more with 3d, which has always made me nervous. :) it's too bad it doesn't look like they're offering it in fall, but i'll keep an eye out for it!

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  5. Wow, what a fabulous place and a fabulous workshop! I love all things rusty so would be heaven there! LOL Sounds like you had a brilliant time and your piece is great, well done you! :o)

    Maz

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  6. Oooh, I love your piece! The place looks great, too.

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  7. Love your piece. Assemblage is so much fun! I can't remember quite how I found my way to your blog but it sounds like we have a lot in common and we live not too far apart (I'm in Silverton). Come on over and check out my blog if you like.

    Rachel

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