This mask by Alexis inspired Susan to reach back to her usual art media assemblage:
“The mask that Alexis gave me had a lot to work off of. I loved the nose and had a nose on my workbench and thought that would be a good beginning. And that ‘all-seeing’ blue eye in the mask was mystical for me. But the big black winding spiral reminded me of an octopus tendril. Searching through my books I found an illustration of an octopus. I gotta say cutting all those tendrils was a challenge!”-Susan
A magical tree full of stars and bees was inspiration for this piece by Alexis:
“What I see is not a Bee Tree but a crazy juggling bear. So I made The Juggler.”-Alexis
Alexis made this cool sun piece with a lot of different textures overlaid. The inspiration for Susan was the many textures and sunny disposition of the piece:
” I was taken with the layering of textures on Alexis’ sun piece. I remembered working on a piece recently that I layered collage pieces in. That was a fun piece to work on so I revisited that process here. You can find the blue swirlies and I tried to emulate her glaze in the background”-Susan
The first piece that Alexis made for this project was this little bird. She handed it to Susan and here is what came up:
“I was impressed with the sweetness of that little bird and the restful color scheme. So I worked in this abstract feeling of being up in branches. The spiral that the bird sits on is echoed in the spirals that appear around the little painting. I wanted to convey a feeling of gazing up through branches like when you lie under the shade of a tree.”-Susan
This whole project started when Alexis approached me on the idea of handing work back and forth for inspiration. We decided to keep it loose and make quick pieces that would cover a lot of ground but we weren’t up to the ’30 in 30′ challenges. This project started for Alexis when she got these little funny fish from me. And here is what she handed back to me:
And true to form Alexis outdid herself with a second piece to keep us on our toes!
A preview of our works to will be shown at her studio, The Pot Shop, October 7th (see announcement to the right of page) as part of Craft Week in America. We are looking forward to seeing everybody!
Alexis sent over this odd little fellow. Susan loved the freedom of expression it embodied. So she took a turn in the path and tried something very spontaneous:
“It is hard to believe but there was the spiraling bird at the bottom of this one! I did hope to echo that bird’s spiky hairdo…but I think that this departure shows how we are really stretching ourselves to create in new ways. I would have held myself back had this been a regular day in the studio, but the whole point of this project is to explore and stretch ourselves. I am liking this piece and can’t wait to go at it again...”-Susan
Another patchwork piece by Susan came to Alexis. Here are the results:
“Susan said her piece was difficult for her to work out, but I found it inspiring. I saw it was a landscape that I wanted to explore. I ended up making a spiral pathway with spires that I envisioned walking through like a walking maze….
Somehow though I still wasn’t satisfied that I’d really gotten at the spirit of a journey into the mind that I was going for so I ended up making a bonus piece…Enjoy”-Alexis