Women's Work

As we close out March and Women's History Month, we want to give a shout out to some women artists who are still killin' it at basketry, typing, dress-making, porcelain painting, quilting, weaving, floral arranging, stitchery, pottery, etc. even though they don't have to.

Because "women's work" is always FINE ART.

Enjoy!

(Still) Taking Care of Business - International Women's Day 2018

Reflecting on the journey with this still-relevant 2016 post. Happy International Women's Day, everyone!


It is with great pride that I announce that Amy Parry Projects is now Certified as a Women Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


The news last week brought literal tears to my eyes. I didn’t realize how much being certified meant to me until I got the official notification from WBENC that I had been validated. I felt like Sally Field receiving her 1984 Oscar - “You like me! You LIKE me!” But more so, the memories of all the crazy moments that added up to this point in my business flashed before my eyes: furiously quoting a job as I was in labor at the hospital…bringing six-week-old baby James to Hirsch Bedner & Associates to work a project deadline...schlepping him to the shipper to deliver a custom work of art for a hotel…vacations spent pushing back beach time until I had wrapped up an important email…It’s been a hectic few years. And rewarding. And fun!

I have the pleasure of working with my friends, who are amazing women with their own families and dynamic lives. We work together as a team. We support each other, respect each other and dream for each other. We work hard and into the night when things need to get done. And we feel good about our aesthetic choices and the fair way we make decisions to complete our tasks at hand.

I am so proud to be a professional woman; a mother, wife and friend. I do the job because it’s my passion but also because it supports not only my family, but artists I care about and all these other women that are working with me in the same busy, multi-tasking way. We are a powerful bunch and it is clear that women-owned businesses are creating a new normal in American society. I am thrilled to be part of this empowered generation of ladies who are taking care of business and making things happen from our brains and our souls.

Thanks to WBENC for the approval of our application and for the future opportunities we will discover because of it.

So sincerely,

Amy Parry

The Wonderful Work of Eileen Braun

A couple of weeks ago we had an amazing studio visit with mixed media sculptor Eileen Braun and were fascinated by her transition in materials - from ceramics to rattan - in the creation of her extraordinary, otherworldly vessels.

 Eileen Braun , Smoke , 2017, rattan reed, wax, pigment and string

Eileen Braun, Smoke, 2017, rattan reed, wax, pigment and string



We are sharing here, her description of the work and a glimpse at what she has been working on.


"In 2016, I put my clay work on hold and sought a new media less demanding of material constraints. After a lot of experimentation, I found it in encaustic wax and rattan weed. As I make the work, the forms grow increasingly more complex. Their sizes range from 3 - 7 feet high and the deep shadows (not easily shown in images), provide a completely different personal experience. The work is deceivingly light, weighing in at a mere 2- 6 pounds.

My art mirrors natural forms with a biomorphic edge. Often the exact life cycle stage one is viewing is too complex to pin down.  Is it focused on seed, mature growth, or the desiccation of this system? I leave that up to the viewer.

Movement, texture and complexity of form are integral to the work as well.  My hope is that the viewer will be drawn in by the shape. While approaching, they will be intrigued by the ever-changing views because one can see both through and around the form simultaneously. The texture, shadow and line created by the materials add to the multidimensional cornucopia of delights.

Process: The sculptures are constructed from rattan reed, encaustic wax, cotton string, and glue. In some instances I have added dress-makers pattern tissue - influenced by my research of Japanese Akari lamps.  The rattan reed is left natural or occasionally pre-stained; soaked, manipulated and secured at all junctions with cotton string.  Additional elements to the sculpture are constructed or texturized with encaustic wax. The exoskeletons in many instances have been en-robed in wax, giving them the appearance of metalwork."


Enjoy the work and imagine the possibilities - tabletop installations, wall-hangings, ceiling installations...

Just exquisite!

 

Ultra Violet // PANTONE'S 2018 Color of the Year

“We’re in a complex time; this is a complex color.”
- Lee Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

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With their announcement, Pantone explains: "[Ultra Violet] is a very provocative shade, but it’s also a thoughtful color–it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron,” Eiseman says. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. These are the elements we need to create a meaningful future. Inventiveness and imagination is something we seek in our personal lives and business worlds. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is the perfect shade to lead right into it . . . It’s intriguing, fascinating, and magical.”

 

Please enjoy 20 images inspired by the color Ultra Violet...

First Look | Atlanta Hawk's Owners Club | Chris Maynard

 Hawks, 2017, hand-carved feathers, 60.75 x 23 x 2 inches

Hawks, 2017, hand-carved feathers, 60.75 x 23 x 2 inches

Feast you eyes on this image of the first piece of artwork completed for the newly renovated Atlanta Hawk's Owner's Club at Philips Arena. Created by Olympia, WA artist Chris Maynard, the work is made by carving miniature hawks out of actual feathers with a very small scalpel. With a background in biology and a clear passion for this medium, the work is precise and visually arresting.

It is also three-dimensional; by setting them off the background with tiny pins, the pieces create shadows which is integral to the work. This piece, created for the Owner's Club which will open this month, is about flight and ascension, alluding to the drive of the team's athletes toward the goal.

The Owner's Club is designed by Smith Hanes Studio and will also feature work by Atlanta artists Larry Jens Anderson and David Landis. Stay tuned for more images. This is just the beginning of the transformation of the Philips Arena Art Collection.
 

 

To learn more about Chris Maynard and his incredible, beautiful practice, please visit his website:

www.featherfolio.com

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Hurricane Symbolism | Elyse Defoor

Earlier this month, prior to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we had a great studio visit with ATL Artist Elyse Defoor. Her new space allows her to have many of her past works on display.

This piece, By The X, is from her X.U.ME series - a response to the visual symbolism of the X in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With our thoughts on the people of Houston, we share this poignant past project.

 

  Elyse Defoor, By the X, mixed media on muslin, 108" x 90"

Elyse Defoor, By the X, mixed media on muslin, 108" x 90"

Watch the PBA30 video spotlight on X.U.ME Project here


Learn more about Elyse here: www.elysedefoor.com