The Exhibition is almost here!

Apr SV - no Rio

Huts is surprised and Schel is pondering how the Exhibition could be just around the corner!  The ladies are taking it in stride (apologies for Rio being off camera), but we’re all excited to invite you to see the results of five months of transfer station inquiry.

Of special interest this year will be Rio Wrenn’s fashion show at 6:30.  Don’t be late!  You won’t want to miss her couture depicting warriors and spirit animals that were manifested from the transfer station!

GLEAN 2015 Exhibition opening reception
Friday, August 14th, 6:00-9:00 pm
Disjecta Gallery - 8371 N. Interstate Ave.

Exhibition dates
August 14 - September 6
Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 5:00 pm


Whew! *Breath*

monkeyhed1Things are moving along quickly now. Though I’ve had to cut lotsa’ corners and drop many pieces I’m optimistic about “making” the time frame.  Life has a way of needing attention when you’re the busiest with the project at hand.  Sorry MonkeyRobot Thing.

flyinmechOne of my “goals” in going into this was to bring gleaned objects back down into their raw material. Then use that to create my pieces. Yes, thinking about that now gives me a “what where ya’ thinkin’ man?!”  pause. Creating, fabricating “custom” shapes and parts from raw materials is in itself a long and tedious process. These latest yet, actually the first pieces I am working on require a lot less “custom” fabrication.

-This can do this and, that piece can do that- kinda work. Though I have yet to finish the major body of work, I’m just plowing through the pieces to get them “done” …yet to be “finished”.

I’m already visualizing the space at Dsjecta  and how to arrange these things. I really feel like a “museum”  style progression would be cool but, I guess I’ll see when we get to look at our space!


Heat Is On

The heat is on, literally.  Time marches on and the deadline to finish all our pieces is just a step away.  At least it feels that way.  I have been visiting the transfer station quite a bit and therefore have a lot to inspire from and if I had more time I could realize more beauty.  But I am aware of my constraints and am excited to create with what I have been gifted and share with you ultimately in the end.

Here are some of my gifts

rope2 Soon to be warrior wear (rope and leather)

shawlThe ego shawl (plastic curtain, ribbons, badges)

obi Obi (Waist cincher) for the shaman (Plastic bag, wicker braid)


I just wanted to share some of the progress I have been actually making in my translation from trash to treasure or trashion.

This is a detail from a garment that was made with a roll of zipper and lace collar that I found.  It will be the Rabbit spirit guide.

german rabbit small

This is a progress shot from the garment I will be wearing at the show.  It was constructed from a lace table cloth and a bag made for recycling yard waste or whatever.  Should be super comfortable…..:)

dress rio small



Tryin’ to stay positive..

If I’m really bummed out, I try to stay away from posting on the blog…hence my lack of entries.

I do love a challenge. I like challenging myself. Apparently though my ambition has gotten the better of me this time. I believe I’m a bit of a humble guy and, there’s nothing like teetering on the verge of failure to really humble one out!

Pre-planning my pieces went out the window the first month along with the started – planned pieces.

I tried to “just go with it” but it went no where except into the “reject” pile. I tried simplifying my goals even further…to simply end up with the rest of the abandoned pieces. Trying desperately to convince myself I could get my 2 “big” pieces done in time…failed last night. 1 more piece into the pile!

I can’t go GLEAN more materials at this point and I wouldn’t know what to look for anyways.

I’m not sayin’ how many pieces I am going to try and start / finish by August but, we can safely say it will be an amazing feat unto itself if I can actually do it.

Let no one tell you making art is easy or that GLEAN is not a challenge even for seasoned Artists! I KNEW I would kick butt and SHINE in this residency that took 2 years to get into…..Now I really know, it aint’ so.

I’ll be hard pressed to show my face at the August Opening as is…I just hope showing up with only 2 pieces won’t ruin me.

Maybe if I piled together the 12 pieces I abandoned they could count as a “finished” piece…since I’m finished with them?