Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Our Place In This World, Showing at VALA!

So honored to be a part of the Nature In Fiber show for the Eastside SDA group which is being held at VALA (Yes those are some of the Our Place In This World sculptures in the middle-right of the picture!).  Many of the Our Place In This World sculptures will be on display!!

This show is themed on the concept of nature. It will include works that depict nature, are inspired by, or are derived by nature.  The work submitted for the show will be juried by guest juror, Jacqueline K Calladine, earth artist and placemeaker. 

This show is a collaboration with VALA Arts, and it is an opportunity to show SDA work at VALA Arts’ new, permanent location in VALA Arts main exhibition space. Artwork will be on display Jan 4th 2019 through March 2nd 2019. Opening reception is Friday January 6th, from 6pm-8pm.

For more information about the VALA Arts, contact VALA Arts Executive Director, Samantha Areliz through email, sareliz@valaeastside.org, or by calling (360) 421-4901.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The 2nd Set Of Pictures From The Initial Resining

I promised more pictures and here they are!  I think they're looking great!!

This is the 2nd piece of fabric for art piece #1117MBNCA04 (The first piece was shown in the previous post).

Drizzling resin over #1117MBNCA03 1st piece .

Resin has been applied to #1117MBNCA03's 2nd piece (on the right) and to  #1117MBNCA02's 2nd piece (left). 

1117MBNCA02's pieces resined and drying.

Applying resin to 1117MBNCA01's piece.

At this point, my hands became super-sticky and the resin was starting to set up.  I had to work quickly and stop taking so many photos. 

So I waited until I got them all done and took a group photo.  

I love the way they look already!!  

The next step in the process (as I mentioned before), is to let them all dry for at least 24 hours.  Later, I will have to cut each one into their chosen shapes and then begin the long process of applying a coat of resin, let it dry for 24+ hours, and repeat the resin and drying until the fabric becomes glass-like in appearance and sturdy enough to stand without collapsing. 

So much fun!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

An Apology and Thankfulness

Hello all!  

First of all, let me start by apologizing for taking so long to get started on resining the first set of flowers from the inaugural Our Place In This World workshop!  I really appreciate your patience in waiting to see your artwork turned into sculptures!!

The last month and a half has been a bit crazy and full of unforeseen challenges.  It started with a prolonged jury duty and ended with some annoying health issues - all with a lot of holiday madness thrown in.  I won't go into any issues (for that would take the whole post and probably bore you to tears), but I am VERY thankful to finally be back on-track!!

SO with that said, here are pictures of the resin being applied to the first set of Our Place In This World art pieces.  

First is a picture of a few of the general forms used to shape the fabric.

Next is a picture of the resin being mixed. 

Then I starting with one of the youngest workshop member's works.  First I have to peel the fabric off of the backing-paper (I had ironed the silks to freezer paper).  

The next step is to apply the resin to the fabric.  
I drizzle it on, then use an old plastic card to spread the resin evenly onto the fabric.  

I use quite a bit of force when spreading the resin because I want to make sure the fabric is totally saturated.  You can already start to see a color change in both the silk and the dyes. The silk is starting to become more translucent and the dyes intensify a bit. 

Once I've made sure the area I've marked (which will become the flower shape) is saturated with resin, I then drape the fabric over a form and set it aside to dry. It will need to dry at least 24 hours before I can move on to the next step.

(Yup, that's me and a bit of my studio in the background)

I'll post more pictures tomorrow.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding while I got back on-track!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

First Workshop Was Fantastic!

I had an absolute blast with our inaugural workshop!  

It was held at the Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts (MBNCA) today (a fabulous location, by the way!).  

We had a lovely turnout and the participants created wonderfully expressive art cloth pieces.  The bigger pieces represent the face they show the world, and then smaller pieces represent their inner-most selves. 

Now that they have finished making them, I'll have to get busy and start the rather-long process of turning them into floral sculptures.  

I am excited to see how they all turn out!!

The participants really seemed to enjoy it - and it looks like we might be hosting another workshop at the MBNCA in January.  

Thanks to everyone who helped launch the Our Place In This World project - and a special thanks to all the participants! I had SOOO much fun!

Stay tuned for more updates!   Rebecca Wachtman

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Welcome to the Our Place In This World Community Art Project!

Hello!  My name is Rebecca Wachtman and I am a fiber artist who has created a community-based project called "Our Place In This World".  

I started this project because as an artist, mother, employee, and a friend to peoples in many communities, I have been hearing more and more people talking about feeling alienated, left-out, or marginalized.  It is especially heart-breaking that many smaller community groups (such as Veterans, Elderly, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBTQ, Disabled, etc.) all have members who feel unloved, unwelcome, unwanted, and un-needed.

The divisiveness of the current political climate in our country is creating a moral imperative to remind people that each of us are part of a much-larger, interconnected community which is all-the-better because of the diversity it contains!   

"Our Place In This World" seeks to demonstrate the importance, beauty, and impact of each individual (especially those from marginalized or fringe communities), within the overall/larger community.  Everyone should know that they are beautiful, important, and hold a valued place within the larger community.   Where you come from and what you’ve endured makes you whom you are.  The overall/larger community will have an impact on you as well, but your choices in what you choose to focus upon, and the actions you take; ultimately creates your place in the world

The "Our Place In This World" project gives individuals the opportunity to create a piece of art-fabric (which will represent their outer shell they show the world, as well as their inner, protected core).  Each art-fabric will be crafted into a resin & fiber sculpture.  Each sculpture will then become part of a larger, interactive, touring, community installation-piece. The individual sculptures (or groups of sculptures) will be available for purchase.  Each individual art-cloth creator has the option of receiving 15% of sale of their sculpture or electing to donate their portion of the sale to the Our Place In This World project (the proceeds of which, will go to support local community outreach programs!). The expectation is that each sculpture will remain with the exhibit for at least 6-12 months to allow for touring/exhibition opportunities (unless they sell).  At the end of the tour, the individual creators will have the opportunity to obtain their own sculptures for a reduced fee (covering the cost of materials and production time).   

If you are interested in participating with this project, please contact: 
Rebecca Wachtman at:
Phone  206-745-2363

First Workshop For Our Place In This World!

I'm thrilled to announce that we have our first workshop location for the Our Place In This World community art project!

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts has kindly offered to host our first workshop.  The workshop will be held on November 25th from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Here's the flyer for the event:

Our Place In This World, Showing at VALA!

So honored to be a part of the Nature In Fiber show for the Eastside SDA group which is being held at VALA (Yes those are some of the Our...