Un anello speciale

by Orkaloca aprile 2 art * creazioni * ispirazioni

Nala, la mia bernesa, è un cane speciale, non solo sa conquistare il cuore di tutti, ma sa anche relazionarsi molto bene col mondo e con gli altri cani. 
Lei è uno di quei cani che, vedendo due cani che si azzuffano, fosse pure solo per gioco, si mette in mezzo e placa gli animi.
Nel video seguente la potete vedere mentre attua proprio questo comportamento, dividendo due cuccioli che secondo lei esagerano nel gioco. 


Avete sentito quei GROURRR che fa? Sono tipici, li usa solo in queste situazioni. E' il suo modo speciale di metter pace e dire "state booooni".

Ma questo cosa c'entra con un anello? C'entra perchè un mesetto fa, alla fiera Creattiva di Bergamo ho avuto la possibilità di mettere mano ad una tecnica che da tempo volevo provare: modellare la cera per la fusione in cera persa.

Questa è una tecnica di metallurgia/oreficeria. Si fa un modello in cera dell'oggetto/gioiello che si vuole fare, quindi si include il modello in terra refrattaria e scaldando il blocco la cera si fonde e cola via lasciando lo spazio dentro il blocco di refrattario. Li viene colato il metallo fuso e si ottiene quindi il pezzo.

Bene, sapendo che avrei potuto modellare un gioiellino ho deciso di andare preparata e di fare qualcosa dedicato a Nala.

Dal video di cui sopra ho estratto l'audio del suo caratteristico GROURRR e ne ho ricavato la forma d'onda:

Questa è l'onda sonora del GROURRR, caratteristica e unica di Nala.

Su questa forma d'onda ho iniziato a giocare, sperimentare, disegnare vriazioni artistiche. 
Fatta di riccioli, di punte, piatta, rotonda, alla fine la versione che più mi piaceva era asimmetrica, costituita di un ricciolo e delle gocce.

Durante la fiera, allo stand di Al'kemia Lab, ho potuto realizzare il prototipo in cera del mio anello, intagliando e modellando la cera secondo il disegno che avevo ricavato dal GROURRR di Nala.

A questo punto il modello è stato portato in laboratorio ed è stata effettuata la fusione in acciaio. E ieri è arrivato l'anello finito.

E che dire... come Nala è meraviglioso e speciale!


Sketchbook 04

by Orkaloca settembre 20 ispirazioni

I'm going on with my sketches, when I can't go autside also the fat cat is inspirational.


Sketchbook 03

by Orkaloca settembre 9 ispirazioni

Schizzo del giorno, le campane osservate dalla piazza sotto il campanile


Sketchbook 02

by Orkaloca settembre 5 ispirazioni

(questo post partecipa al Off The Wall Friday del blog di Nina-Marie)

Una delle strade che ogni tanto percorro andando a passeggiare col cane costegga un orto.
Un orto strano perchè accanto ai pomodori ci sono dei bellissimi girasoli ornamentali, le campanule viola, alberi di mele, pere e melograno stracarichi, perfino i chichinger... e poi ci sono le zucche.

Ci sono le classiche zucche verdi da risotto e poi c'è questa.
Una singola zucca bianca, a pera, tanto grossa che per farla star su l'hanno imbragata tipo alpinista.

Da qualche giorno questa zucca mi frullava in testa così oggi io e il cane si siam sedute fuori dalla rete dell'orto e mentre lei sgranocchiava un ramo io disegnavo sul mio sketchbook.

Vorrei riuscire a tener una certa regolarità nel disegnare, tanto più che sto vedendo che, insomma, non sarò picasso ma me la cavicchio :p


Eye of the quilter: friendship

by Orkaloca ottobre 20 ispirazioni

The Houston quilt show is one of the most important and bigger quilt shows in the world. This is also because aside quilts there are collateral exhibits, like haikus and photos, to demostrate that a quilter is much more than a quilter.

The photo exhibit is named "eye of the quilter" and this year the theme was Friendship.
I've sent 3 photos and yesterday I've had the good news, by email one of my photos has been accepted in the exhibit :) I'm sooo happy!
Since I've sent 3 pics of the same subject they obviously choose only one. Next time I'll try to send 3 different subjects :p

But stop with the blablas, let's show you the photo :)

Title: Beyond the kingdom

Artist's statement: Lichens are organisms composed by a fungus and a green alga, living in a symbiontic relationship and like true friends they advantage each other. Moreover, neither the fungus nor the alga can live without each other. To me lichens are a simbol of friendship beyond every difference, just like fungi and algae belongs to two different kingdoms of living things.

i'm sorry, I really can't forget that I'm a biologist-inside :p
And yes, I know that the symbiontic relationship in lichens is not always so positive, but we can forget the special cases, just for this time ^_*


Two exhibits

by Orkaloca ottobre 17 art * show * ispirazioni

Last week I went at Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) that is a building next to the Duomo in Milan, which serves as a venue for exhibitions and for civil marriages.
I went there for a wedding but since I was there I decided to visit two exhibitions:)

The first exhibit (ended on October 16) was:
The sign and the spirit - multiple furniture, sculptures and jewelry by Gabriella Crespi

I leave you the fun of find details about her, I say only that she was a well-known designer and artist of Milan in the 60s and 80s.
In his works are almost a constant curves, that you can find in a whole range of furniture dedicated to the moon. Crespi made also ​​a number of animals whose body is composed of ostrich eggs or crystal eggs.
And where there are no curves there are, shiny surfaces, metal and gold.

In his furniture I liked most this stool composed by segments that are opened or closed to form a moon.
I like the curvy line of the single slice and I like the curved shape formed by all segments when they are open. I find it very elegant and harmonious, and find great the color alternation of silver and gray. There is also a red/silver version but not so elegant in my opinion. (Eclipse - 1980 - pictures from the web)

Gabriella Crespi has also produced a series of jewelry and a table set with the technique of lost-wax casting.
In this technique an object is carved in wax, embedded into a matrix and then the melted metal replaces the wax.
What struck me is that often the form of wax, replaced by the metal, is not a real sculpture but seems to be one of those melted wax drops that naturally forms on candles.
Now, I don't know if the Crespi has crafted a form similar to a natural wax flow or whether she simply took the natural wax drops, but I personally find it much more brilliant if she used for her purpose a natural flows, not recreated.
Perhaps for the beauty of the natural things.

Following a table, the table set and a collection of objects in lost-wax casting (images from the web)

I was fascinated and impressed by this butterfly necklace. Once again, the technique is that of lost-wax casting.  I feel that the heavy looking of the metal is balanced by all those spaces in the wings that transmit grace, lightness ... I almost expect the butterfly to take a flight at any moment.


The second exhibit was after this and it was:
Inter/Vallum - monographic bt Roberto Ciaccio (until November 20, 2011)

This monograph consists of works on paper and large metal plates, arranged in the "hall of caryatids" of the royal palace, an hall that I've never seen before.
A room whose beauty is matched only by the very poor state of repair, unfortunately. And for me, just returned from England, where historical and cultural buildings are immaculately kept, was inpossible not to compare the two realities.

But leaving out the room, the exhibit fascinated me. The works are touches of color, rarely light colours, on metal and paper. The colours where all dark, deep, with a metallic effect given ​​by the support.
I was fascinated by combinations of blue and purple or dark red, and a serie of 3 works apparently identical except for the placement of a certain color shape. (photo from the web)

Unfortunately in the historic buildings there is always a problem: light.
So here very dark
works were exposed in a room with a very poor light. Of course, the exposure would not have made the same effect under bright lights, but the light was, in my opinion, really below the minimum level needed to enhance both atmosphere and works.

Installation included also metal plates layed on the floor, but sadly I didn't understood if it was an interactive installation (like in "walk on them") or not. I've avoided, just to be sure. Judging from the footprints others have not. Mah
I understand that sometimes the interpretation of art is left to the observer, but sometimes a little explanation (like in "you can walk on plates") could allow the viewer a full enjoyment of the artpiece, thinking and observing only at the work itself, not thinking only "could I walk on it? yes? no? someone else did... why?" and so on.

Anyway it still was a very beautiful exhibit, and I walked away full of ideas and feelings and inspirations.
If you want here's the link to the artist's website: Roberto Ciaccio

At the next show ^_^


Hand Applique - Sandra Leichner

by orkaloca giugno 8 books * ispirazioni

Months ago I discovered Sandra's blog and since then I'm her follower. Sandra's passion is hand applique, she sew wonderful blocks whit a naturalistic feeling... flowers, birds and so on.
Her applique style is realistic and she select the fabrics so that the applique seems a painting.
In her blog she show work in progress and give hints and tutorials about applique.

I was astonished by the sharpness of her applique points so I've decided to buy her book, just to know how she do the points. Yes I've bought a book only for half page :p
But the book is entirely interesting :)
Her points method is simple but brilliant and I've never seen it neither online nor in demos or workshops. Usually I've seen cut the seam allowance in front of the point, she do different, leaving that seaming allowance and saying it is important.

I've made a try of her technique, yesterday, and uess what, sharp point at first attempt! WOW!

Moreover her book is full of tips, it has some simple but nice patterns and she explain how to embellish an applique with embroidery.

I suggest you to visit her blog , and if you like her style give the book a try. I really liked it.

(no affiliation, just a satisfied quilter)




Il tempo vola

by orkaloca giugno 5 orkaloca world * ispirazioni

Gia 10 giorni dal mio ultimo post?
Vien da chiedersi dove sia scappato questo tempo.

Vediamo, vi aggiorno...

Son stata parecchio presa dal mio quilt per il concorso di Rossano. Per completarlo mi son stressata, sia perchè ogni idea mi pareva bella all'inizio ma banale dopo poco tempo, sia perchè contro di me si è accanita l'immancabile legge di murphy, con contrattempi di ogni sorta. Per dirvene solo uno il filo da trapunto che mi finisce domenica e ovviamente fino al lunedi pomeriggio i negozi eran chiusi.

Alla fine ho finito il quilt proprio all'ultimo momento (ma se non è così non siam contenti no?) ed ho inviato le foto. Per sapere se è stato accettato credo dovrò attendere questa settimana, mentre non ho ancora capito in che giorni sarà la settimana del patchwork di Rossano, durante la quale verranno esposti i lavori.
Credo a luglio ma non so nulla di certo.

Per riprendermi da questa corsa, e come coccola, mi son fatta regalare un acero giapponese. Avevo voglia di colori, i colori spesso portano ispirazione.
E così ora sul balcone, in bella vista, c'è questa bellissima pianta, scelta d'impulso passando vicino al vivaio in macchina.

Per voi le foglie... dite non sono fantastiche?


Do the work

by orkaloca maggio 17 books * ispirazioni

Avete presente quell'inerzia invincibile che ci salta addosso ogni volta che dobbiamo fare qualcosa?
Quel procrastinare dovuto a paura, indecisione, autosabotaggio...

Proprio per aiutare artisti e scrittori a superare questa resistenza al lavoro Steven Pressfield ha scritto il libro "do the work".

E' un libro interessante, che potrebbe essere molto utile, e sopratutto fino al 20 maggio è scaricabile gratuitamente in versione per Kindle (lettore ebook) su Amazon.

Per il Download cliccate QUI
Se non avete un Kindle potete scaricarvi il software di lettura da installarvi sul PC. Lo trovate QUI

Nell'ordine dovete:
- registrarvi ad Amazon
- scaricare ed installare il software kindle
- lanciare il kindle e inserire i vostri dati di registrazione di Amazon
- scaricare il libro tramite l'apposita casella nella colonna di destra della pagina del libro

Buona lettura :)



How I hung round quilts

by orkaloca aprile 22 art * ispirazioni * tutorial

One of the works I showed at Rocca Brivio consisted of a triptych. The three quilts I made ??(I'll show you in a future post) reflect my colors, the colors of my emotions, and to every emotion I connected a goddess and an animal.
The quilts are round shaped so, as always happens with this shape, there was the problem of how to hang them.
I didn't want to baste them on a black cloth, or hang by themselves. I wanted to find a a way between the frame and suspension.

After much consideration you see above the final hanging system. And I want to talk about this system because I've never seen quilts hung in this way.
Mind you,, the method is unusual and a bit "bloody" (not for quilt police people).
Also I want to emphasize that this method is designed to be an integral part of my quilts triptych. I'm not saying this is suitable for all quilts. Depends on the effect you want to give.

My method is made of wood, ribbons and eyelets:

I took wooden poles with a square section of 2.5 cm and 1 meter lenght, then I made a frame with metal brackets on corners (on the back). Then I painted the frame black.
I decided how many points of attack make, in my case 12, and I've marked these points on the perimeter of the quilt.
At this point the bloody part, in every point I inserted an eyelet.
I then used the eyelets as anchor points and I used pieces of black ribbon as a tie to suspend the quilt in the middle of the black frame. The ribbon pieces are held in place, position and closed with staples.

I was afraid that this method would annoy quilters, but it was very well received.
I received only one constructive critique from a man who told me that in his opinion eyelets seemed too strange elements to the quilt. He suggested to find a method that does not show on the quilt front. Or, on contrary, that I use decorative bigger eyelets and I make them part of the design of the quilt.
It is a reasonable critique, I will think about it.

What do you think?