Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE

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You are invited to my upcoming exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington, DE. The opening reception is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm.

I am a recipient of a fellowship in Painting through the Delaware Division of the Arts. I was interviewed by Christopher Yasiejko and here’s an except of his article:

Linda Celestian’s love of water harkens to her childhood, when her father owned a 31-foot Richardson boat. They had a spot on a marina near her grandparents’ summer home. During her father’s annual two-week summer vacation, the family of five — Celestian has two sisters — would trace the Finger Lakes of Central New York on a boat whose dining room table converted into a bed.

That half-dozen years of summers spent afloat, Celestian learned to pay attention to the nature that surrounds her. As a full-time artist (and part-time art teacher) who’s been painting for 30 years, all of her senses inform her work.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here.

My paintings and works on glass will be displayed for the month of November. Here’s a video sneak peek of what I’ll be showing.

I wasn’t sure if it would be overkill to show some of my silk sculptures with paintings and glass but I think I might sneak a few in.

So I’m off to the studio to finish a fiber piece before my install date. I hope to see some old and new friends at the opening.

Drawing Nature

My artist friend Susan Benarcik and I were invited to be visiting artists at ACRA summer camp for kids here in Arden, DE. We brought in a lot of nature specimens for the kids to draw. At one point there were about 8 kids all heads down drawing and you could have heard a pin drop. This is something I have experienced in the past. If you ask a child to really look at something to draw it, it’s amazing what happens. They slow done and become quietly absorbed in the task.

I used to do this a lot in Montessori classrooms. You can see their minds at work as they really concentrate to record what they see.

Some kids finished one draw then when on to other activities, others drew for hours. Here is examples of their beautiful work. The only instruction they were given was to look, really look.

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I gave them the choice of white or colored paper. I stuck to nature colors and let them use white and black colored pencils on the colored paper. Some kids finished one draw then when on to other activities, others drew for hours. Here is examples of their beautiful work. The only instruction they were given was to look, really look.

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Inspiration

Summer is here! Yes my garden has weeds and yes my house is dirty, but if you want me I’ll be in the studio.

My plan is to make lots of new paintings and sculptures in the next 2 months. I have tons of inspiration from my hikes so I thought I’d share some photos from my phone. I love fungus. There are so many different varieties. I don’t really care what they’re called I’m just thrilled when I find them. The forms inspire me but also their growth patterns. I’m planning some silk and wool wall hung pieces inspired from these beauties.

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Fungus Purple

Cascaed of Fungus

Ruffly Fungus

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Orange Fungus 2

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The last 2 were taken by Susan Benarcik, a fellow artist and fungus lover. Everyone in my hiking group now stops for fungus and yells for me to come look, it’s great. These might inspire my paintings as well who knows. The subtle colors and so soothing.

Rust Dyed Silk

I love the color of rust. Where some people see decay and crud I see beauty. When I’m hiking with friends we often come across old discarded rusty metal bits and pieces and now everyone knows to give them to me. I’ve been collecting these objects for a while now and I finally got around to doing the deed. It’s not hard and I found great directions at www.hobbyfarms.com written by Maggie Howe.

The process takes a few days for the metal objects to leave an imprint on the fabric. Here’s how to do it. I used silk organza, I love the transparence of organza and use it for jewelry and my sculptures. I wet it with a mixture of 50%water and 50% vinegar. I let the fabric be folded over onto it’s self randomly and made sure it was soaking wet.

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I laid the objects down gave it all another spritz of the water vinegar solution, covered it with plastic and weighted it down with heavy objects.

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It’s important to make sure the objects are in contact with the fabric and the plastic helps to keep it wet the whole time. I checked it daily to make sure it was still wet and because I was so anxious to see how it was doing. After 3 days I removed the objects and here’s what I got. You can see the places where the fabric was folded I got a repeat of the objects imprint.

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I made some soldered jewelry with feathers and matching earrings and cuffs. Some of these pieces are at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts now. I have a few left that I plan to list in my shop next week.

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Now I’m wondering what else I can dye with rusty objects!

In the Studio

Last week I finished 2 new fiber pieces to enter into a juried show. Both pieces had parts that were already made I just needed to follow through on my ideas to make them finished sculptures. In the case of the fungus sculpture below I dyed the sewn, nuno felted silk parts and stitched them to some painted linen that is sewn on a round piece of wire. Something about the perfect circle contrasts nicely with the organic growth of the fungus. It reminds me of a cut down tree which is where fungus can grow. My artist friend Susan Benarcik told me it reminds her of looking through a microscope and I like that idea as well.

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The second piece is something I started a long time ago and decided to add more to. It’s one of those things that I could just keep adding to but for now it’s done. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completion feels good and these sculptures can easily be packed up and sent out to shows.

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I also made a heart garland for my living room. I spray mounted silver wrapping paper onto both sides of a piece of poster board and cut out hearts. I doodled with white paint marker on some and left some plain. After punching holes and adding wired ribbon I added them to a long piece of skinny white ribbon. Using wired ribbon for the hearts means you can give them a little twist to keep them in place on the line when it’s hung up.

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You can watch a video tutorial here on my other blog Paper Wood Paint of one I made last year with scraps of wrapping paper from Christmas.

 

 

Installing Silk Sculpture

I recently installed my silk sculpture for an upcoming event in Philadelphia in the Commerce Square, 20th and Market building on the 32nd floor.