Monthly Archives: November 2015

On Vacation

The blog will be taking a brief vacation this week. It is the Thanksgiving holiday here in California, USA. A new post will appear on Wednesday, December 2. In the meantime check out Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. If you have … Continue reading

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How To Exhibit Your Art: Part 1 Museums

Most artists and designers want to exhibit their work in a museum, gallery or other high quality location. Figuring out how to accomplish this is often frustrating, time consuming and even a bit mysterious. With this post we begin a … Continue reading

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Artist Residencies

This blog serves as an adjunct resource for our book, “Design: A Beginner’s Handbook.” Many of our readers are just starting to investigate the visual arts – some are students, others working on their own. In past posts we’ve presented … Continue reading

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Material Presence: Real Encounters With Art

We live in a mostly virtual world, cellphones gripped tightly in our hands. Scrolling through artists’ Instagram images and Tumblr pages it’s easy to forget that the artworks we’re seeing have a real physical presence. When we encounter the work … Continue reading

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Sew It Up: Art From Thread

Last week I wrote about five artists who work with thread, many of them using wrapping techniques in their work. This week I have five more artists for you, several of whom employ sewing and embroidery in unexpected ways. Devorah … Continue reading

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Message and Vision: The Art of Alison Moritsugu

In Design: A Beginner’s Handbook we advise readers to work towards mastery of design and craft skills but to remember that those things should always be subservient to your vision as an artist and the message or concepts you want … Continue reading

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Wrap It Up: Art From Thread

Sol LeWitt, crayon on wall I recently came across a Sol LeWitt crayon wall drawing. It got me thinking about art materials and the absurd hierarchy that existed between “art” and “craft” when I started making work. Draw with paint … Continue reading

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