Studio Visit with Shannon Amidon

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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!

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - Diary of a Naturalist prep- photo Marie Cameron 2015

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.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - mile's o book covers - photo Marie Cameron 2015

I adore the period feel of these pieces and am quite taken by how environmentally friendly  they are too.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - Back Plate - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Here’s a sample of the back  in which a wooden panel has been applied to provide a secure base for hanging hardware.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit -  insect silhouettes - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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?

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit -  entomology - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Here the insects are pinned to a wall like an entomologist had passed through…

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - butterflies and beetles photo Marie Cameron 2015

…maybe one had.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - still life - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Oh, and a biologist too.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - etched glass bottles- photo Marie Cameron 2015

These lovely specimen bottles were also laser etched by Amidon at TechShop.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - book planters- photo Marie Cameron 2015

So much to discover in Amidon’s studio – like these planters she’s created out of vintage books…

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - cascades of creative paper work- photo Marie Cameron 2015

…and cascades of printed pages in a variety of different treatments.

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - Inspiration Wall - photo Marie Cameron 2015

It’s always fascinating to study an artist’s inspiration wall – it turns out someone was a ballerina!

Shannon Amidon Studio Visit - Wall of Tools- photo Marie Cameron 2015

A ballerina with a wall of power tools – my kind of artist!

Marie Cameron visiting Shannon Amidon Studio  - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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!


Love a Pop-up!

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).

Banners - Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Nothing says fun market place like these colorful vintage fabric banners…

Snacks - Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

…unless it’s somekind of gorgeously decorated cheese loaf that’s so decadent that you need to cut it with a saw?!

Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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.

Iris of greenphilosophie Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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!

Vintage chenille - Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

I adore those vintage fabrics – especially that chenille!

Linda Benenati - after David Hockney - photo Marie Cameron 2015

I go t to meet and talk shop with encaustic artist, Linda Benenati. Here she is with a recent self-portrait after David Hockney.

Bats in Her Belfry  - Linda Benenote - Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Benenati’s Bats in Her Belfry was on her way home with some lucky someone.

Linda Benenati Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

See the mouse? That one went home with me!

Cocktail dress and goat -Art Studio and Outdoor Marketplace - photo Marie Cameron 2015

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!