Microsoft Tag

 

My partner recently got new business cards that also include a Microsoft Tag on the back.  This is a newer type of barcode that can hold a larger amount of data.  It can be scanned and the information uploaded immediately, which is pretty cool.  For instance, when I scanned the tag on the business card with the Tag Scanner app on my iPhone, the contact information was immediately available and could be saved.  The tags can also be used for small amounts of straight text, to link to website URL’s, and to call specific phone numbers. 

 

But what also caught my eye with these tags are how they look.  I went ahead and signed up for one that I could put on a business card to test them out (see below).  The patterns of triangles seem reminiscent of a quilt pattern or something similar.  They are customizable as well… you can overlay a pattern of dots over your own background or even create your own design within certain parameters.  Cool stuff!

 

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Crow’s Shadow Institute

 

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a weekend print workshop at Crow’s Shadow Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, OR.  I had a great time developing a series of explorations that picked up where I’d left off from my previous monotype explorations back in 2008.  Frank Janzen, the Tamarind Master Printer in residence was a great and supportive instructor!  Plus, I’d forgotten how beautiful it is out there on the Columbia Plateau.  The first picture was taken from the parking lot at the studio and the second picture is, of course, the sign by the door.  I need to update the format of the portfolio section on my site and get the domain linked back to it, but I intend to put up some of my work from there soon. 

 

Also, I had such a good time that I’ve registered for an upcoming four-day monotype workshop being held at Crow’s Shadow that is offered through the Pacific Northwest College of Art out of Portland, OR.  Still making travel arrangements, but I think I’ve found a nearby spot where I can rent a tipi for a few nights which should be really fun!

Study Model 2.0

 

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I created a new study model almost two weeks ago!  And since we had submit our images and artist statement for the BFA Show catalog, I took some pictures and ended up submitting this one.  The model isn’t overly complex in that it is a sheet of paper printed with a different image on each side and then cut up and reassembled using wire.   I mean, it did take a while to construct, but the whole thing is fairly simple.  At least to me, it is.  What I really love though, is when I strung wire along a few of the axis, the thing took on a life of it’s own!  I’m also much more excited about this project in that it is a more ‘artistic’ approach to my subject rather than an analytic design solution.  Whatever the outcome, right now it feels like a much more appropriate path.  

Grotesque Arabesque

 

I’ve been busy with a variety of things, but ran across this image I’d taken on my phone while at Suyama Space last year viewing Dan Corson’s Grotesque Arabesque.  A classmate and I went and saw it on the last day it was up, which also happened to be right at the end of the fall semester.  Turned out to be good timing, it was a really great experience, so soft and peaceful.  We wanted to spend all afternoon sitting there! 

 

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One of the reasons I wanted to post this was that my BFA project has gone in a new direction that I hadn’t anticipated.  I thought I was going to do something more along the lines of designing an exhibit or display space, but now I’m wanting to create my own experiential installation that responds to all of the research I’ve done into Native art and artifacts, museums, galleries, and other such topics.  I was getting too stuck on curating something when in reality, I needed to make something.  It certainly won’t be on the scale of Dan Corson’s installation, but again, you can create a lot of mood in a space with a few simple materials as he has shown.