This is Virginia Abbott.
Virginia is a nationally recognized sculptor whose current work addresses a variety of environmental issues. She is a member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society and a fellow resident artist at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. You may recognize Virginia from a previous post where she’d combined some of our Decopatch papers with some of her cast paper sculptures. (Want to watch Virginia demo the cast paper process at our local PBS station?)
Virginia had stopped by my studio not long ago to show me the results of some sketches that she’d drawn in a Rhodia LeCarre notepad. These pendants of sterling silver, brass and bronze were created using the lost wax casting method, a labor intensive process which begins by her carving the three dimensional design model from a block of wax.
The casting process continues by placing the wax model on a base, which is then covered by a flask. The flask is then filled with a wet plaster, (known as ceramic investment) and placed in a vacuum to remove air bubbles. Once the investment has been allowed to dry, the base and flask are removed and the piece placed in an oven to burn out the wax – hence the name, “lost wax”. It is at this point where molten metal is forced into the investment mold by centrifuge. To remove the cast item, the mold is destroyed and the resulting metal piece is cleaned up by filing and polishing.
If you want to make multiple pieces from a carved model, you have to send the finished metal piece back to the foundry to have a mold made – otherwise, it’s a one of a kind.
These are a few images of the original design sketches.
When I asked Virginia “Why trees?” It was a treat to learn the response.
At this point, it might be helpful to know that deer, trees, and irony happen to be a recurring theme in Virginia’s work. Did I mention that she also happens to be a clown?
Virginia also created the deer pendant shown above, which in its antlers, is holding a taxidermists glass deer eye. (I’m totally not making that up)
Looking at the reverse of the pendant, you can see how Virginia used the cast tree design as a “gallery” which is a decorative element used behind a stone in place of a solid mount. The tree pendants shown in the photos at the top of this post are a smart secondary usage of the original design.
You can find Virginia on Facebook or on her website.
Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. Haring’s work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.
The Keith Haring Foundation has scanned the artist’s journals from 1971 to 1989 with the intention of making them all available online. The journals feature writings, drawings and the occasional collaged element. Some of the journals had been previously seen in the Brooklyn Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Keith Haring: 1978-1982.
The foundation has created a tumblr account for the scans, which can be viewed here.
This journal entry from 1986 provides insight into Keith’s feelings about computers and technology:
“I was very interested in the tactile experience of drawing that is very different than drawing with a computer…This displacement of image and action [on the computer] creates a new problem to be solved by the “drawer”.
The book Keith Haring Journals a brilliant account of Haring’s life and observations, told through the voice of the artist himself. You can also learn more about Keith from the “In His Own Words” section of The Keith Haring Foundation website.
“Heart” Habana from the Quo Vadis Artist Series.
- 85g, ivory paper with satin smooth finish
- 96 sheets
- Elastic closure, black ribbon
- Elegant round corners
- Inner pocket for notes and cards
- Available in large and pocket sizes (A5 and A6)
Enter now to win THE DIVIDE – a $60 Value!
The lucky winner will also receive 4 pocket Rhodia books to bridge the gap. (Pens not included)
The Divide is handmade by Mike Dudek of Dudek Modern Goods and is a solution to allow your pens and pencils to live in harmony on your desk. It can hold up to 6 pencils, 6 pens, or a combination of other items including three pocket notebooks. The Divide is handmade from solid walnut and finished with a smooth satin poly finish. Approximate dimensions are H 2.5″ – W 5.25″ – D 3″
This contest is open to US residents only and will be remain open until midnight EST on Sunday 11/23/14. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Tuesday 11/25/14. The winner will also be notified via e-mail and The Divide will be shipped directly from Dudek Modern Goods. One entry per household please. If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form.
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Leather covers and pen accessories for Rhodia products is a fast-growing niche. In fact, we plan to dedicate a page on Rhodiapads.com for fans to find the perfect cover or gift.
Artisans I have identified so far include – Gfeller Casemakers, Hidebound, JUL Designs, The Clicky Post, Inkleaf Leather, Sula Jane and Earl, Oberon Design, Quiver Pen Holders and Ateleia Craft.
Do you have other shops and craftspeople you would like to recommend? Do you make notebook covers or pen accessories and would like to be included? Please let us know!
Thank you for your recommendations.
The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT
This week’s Paper Project: “Size Matters”
Since we know that many of you make your notepad selections by size in order to suit specific writing needs, this week, we are offering a variety of sizes of the classic head stapled Rhodia pads for you to try because who knows, you might just find a new size that you can’t live without!
Week 5 samples include 1 sheet each of 80g white Rhodia line ruled paper from each of the following sizes:
- No. 8, (3 x 8 ¼”)
- No. 10 (2 x 3″)
- No.16 (6 x 8 ¼ “)
- No. 19 (8 ¼ x 12 ½ “)
If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.
Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.
What kind of comments are we looking for?
- How would you use all these different sizes?
- Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
- How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
- Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
- …and anything else you think we should know.
Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?
Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising
re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”
Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw
“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”
You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 , Week 2 and Week 3 posts.
If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!)