drawing with a sewing machine

Details Icarus Birdman by LMAD2016Once again, I am back and as a start for the 2016 blog series, I have been convinced by my followers to use CAPITAL letters so that my Blog entries are easier to read. It is a bit difficult for me, because the notions that I have in my head, seem to travel faster than minor details, but if I must , I will begin this blog utilizing Capitals at the beginning of each sentence. To explain this curious path that my drawings have taken me. To draw with a sewing machine?  The use of this obsolete device, of sorts, has me trying a new way to draw and sketch with a continuous line or stitch .I begin to transform an idea in my head onto the flat pieces of materials. Next, further transforming them into 3D by padding and filling then further embellishment by the use of embroidering and using several mixed media techniques to further embellish the 3d drawn object, which you can see  in the picture (above).

I am having a blast! needless to say with the needlework, as yet another exploration of using my DRAWING talents in new and un-chartered territories of illustration and design. Yes, a bit crafty, you might think, but it does have its appeal. I made this piece,” Icarus Modern Birdman” for a show at a small gallery where I wanted to tweak my talents by NOT using ceramics and utilizing another medium of the work. Mixed reactions from the show, but ,IT is something that I am seriously considering to explore more in depth. As Artisans, we all need to explore other mediums to better expand our horizons of creativity. I, myself get bored very rapidly and am always searching for ways to spark my interests by learning new ways of artistic expression. I hope that I have succeeded in this endeavor which I find fun and not just another fiber arts project, Hope you enjoy it…..

All for now


bohemian baubles with a history

mala and trade bead necklaces by marcel artes deolazo 2015

wanted to send show you what i have been working on for an upcoming holiday sale this coming weekend, see link   http://calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=2086 ) and wanted to give you a glimpse into the style that i am presenting. “boho-globetrotter” a fusion of ethnic and antique trade beads bought on my travels and made for the bohemian traveler in all of us. a different direction from the mass market of the jewelry in most stores and online, i am trying to put a bit of my travels and their inspirations into my designs.  for example, i have made some new versions of  mala : prayer beads with usually 108 beads divided into 1,2,4,6 0r 8 groups of 27 beads used in meditation. some refer to them as “worry beads” which you roll around in your hand  as you meditate. i have used a mixture of antique trade beads acquired in my travels and mixed them with hill tribe silver and hand knot each bead so that it stays in place. a newer version of bohemian and ethnic influences… i made them because my thought that everyone need to believe in something,  and think that it is appropriate for my view on style. trade beads were used as an exchange for good and services and a sort of monetary  means for payment. i have encounter them in asia, africa and europe . i continue to search for  places  that deal in trade beads and have the same passion. it isn’t the easiest thing to find and they can and continue to be increasingly pricey. but the attraction of the history and voyages that these beads have traveled and will continue to travel is what it is all about. hope my holiday clients are into this point of view of embellishment…..




OCD: obsessive compulsive drawing

gecko teapot detailssometimes when decorating a piece and not really in the mood , or the hand just isn’t right i sit back and imagine if the piece i am making is something that i would keep and not sell and this gets me into my o.c.d. mode of obsessive compulsive drawing and decorating on pieces which i would otherwise put aside. i imagine that  it is better to over work and decorate a pieces with details, that i can only see that maybe others might not notice. details sometime, so minute and meticulous , that my eyes get tired and i have to take a walk away from the piece to re-focus and rest for a few minutes.

case in point, is the photo of the teapot which i am working on (above).

my main intent was to create a show stopper and make patrons and potters alike, look at it and be in awe of the amount of detail work going into this piece. my creative O.C.D.-ing helps me bring out the best of efforts for my creative endeavors and make my followers realize that yes, i actually paint these piece one by one and no, i do not make many of them,  by the standards of other potters, but my aim is to give a higher quality of works of illustration and handmade ceramics fusion of creative energies that sets my work apart from the rest. i often find myself asking a price per minute of how many minutes did this take me to do? and is the money enough for these endeavors to continue to maintain my livelihood as a creative spirit?   this is a continual mind game we all play when pricing our work and is always on the minds of creative souls.

what is all this work worth? and does the price point of a piece constitute the mores of working and maintaining ourselves from our art…… profound thought on ideals, and where we see ourselves in the niche of creatives  at home, online, in galleries, here and abroad…..questions that i still ponder and cannot answer….. i know that there is a magnitude of mediocre everywhere and that the local artisans strive to make an imprint on the market by differentiating from many brands produced abroad mostly (PRC) which now seem all the same and undistinguished or ordinary for the mass market.

my creative o.c.d.-ing will set apart from the pack of mediocre and strive to attain the main point of my ceramics and illustrations: work that is well made by my hands and o.c.d.-ed by my decorating skills to leave a strong  reminder that yes , there are some of us out there can stand by the quality of our work and command the prices we want in order to continue to re- create…..what’s you view on this topic? and where do you see yourself fitting in?