Supermoon shining brightly over the studio tonight!
I was so happy to enjoy a visit with artist Shannon Amidon in her San Jose studio preparing for her upcoming show, Diary of a Naturalist at TechShop 300 S Second St
San Jose, CA 95113 where she is currently artist in residence – the opening reception is Friday, September 4 from 7 -10 pm with live music by Mark Camp!
In this series Amidon has used laser cutting tools to create artwork inspired by Victorian naturalists, exquisite silhouettes cut away from the top layer of vintage book covers.
I adore the period feel of these pieces and am quite taken by how environmentally friendly they are too.
Here’s a sample of the back in which a wooden panel has been applied to provide a secure base for hanging hardware.
I love this array of laser cut insects in front of one of her encaustic paintings featuring a silhouette of a tree. No matter which medium Amidon is working with, there is a strong voice running throughout, a respect and love of nature, of materials and of the silhouetted form – a modern Victorian perhaps?
Here the insects are pinned to a wall like an entomologist had passed through…
…maybe one had.
Oh, and a biologist too.
These lovely specimen bottles were also laser etched by Amidon at TechShop.
So much to discover in Amidon’s studio – like these planters she’s created out of vintage books…
…and cascades of printed pages in a variety of different treatments.
It’s always fascinating to study an artist’s inspiration wall – it turns out someone was a ballerina!
A ballerina with a wall of power tools – my kind of artist!
I’m really looking forward to the reception – I dare say there will be more than a few red dots! the exhibition will run until September 25 and Amidon will be teaching some classes at TechShop too!
I do love a pop-up – here today and gone tomorrow – did you catch it?
I got a note from Frank Interiors that there was going to be a pop-up market place held at Linda Benenati‘s Saratoga art studio on Saturday and I had to go, missing Frank as I do since they closed up shop earlier this year (too cool for Los Gatos).
Nothing says fun market place like these colorful vintage fabric banners…
…unless it’s somekind of gorgeously decorated cheese loaf that’s so decadent that you need to cut it with a saw?!
Love this great group of women – designers, artists, chiaropractors! At the market? – hand made jewelry, folk art, up-cycled fashion, encaustic paintings, antiques and vintage clothing.
I was so happy (and surprised) to see my friend Iris of greenphilosphie who had recently relocated to Oregon with her fabulous up-cycled clothing line – love those stripes!
I adore those vintage fabrics – especially that chenille!
I go t to meet and talk shop with encaustic artist, Linda Benenati. Here she is with a recent self-portrait after David Hockney.
Benenati’s Bats in Her Belfry was on her way home with some lucky someone.
See the mouse? That one went home with me!
I even ran into my OB/GYN who I haven’t seen since the birth of my daughter (some years ago) picking up a fabulous vintage cocktail dress and a folk art goat (interesting combo)!
It was like old home week! Sign me up for the next one!