Sunday, October 20, 2013

Perfect Sunday

Aaahhh...a perfect Sunday. Football on TV, fabric dyeing and used coffee filters drying.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Surface Art Association - "Under The Influence" exhibit

October 12th is turning out to be a busy day for me. Besides the NLAP auction that I mentioned in here, there is the opening reception for Surface Art Association exhibit called "Under the Influence" from 2-4pm. The members were asked to create a piece that represents what influences their art. The size requirement was 15"x34" or a sculpture.

Recently, I have been using nontraditional materials in my art. I decided to create a piece that incorporated used coffee filters. I first blogged about this piece here. This piece has inspired me to create a series using coffee filters.

"Interwoven #1" by Mia Bloom

Each member could also enter an additional piece that would included in the exhibit depending on the space available. Luckily, my additional piece was included. This piece called "Renewal" is part of my series called "Peel Away the Layers". 

"Renewal" by Mia Bloom


Sunday, October 6, 2013

New Life Arts Project - "Waterfall"

A few months ago, Deborah Stanley approached me to participate in a charity auction for the New Life Arts Project (NLAP) for Smart Foundation and VSA California. This organization supplies musical instruments to children in Orange County who wouldn't have access otherwise. The artists are given damaged instruments to turn into artwork.
I requested clarinet. I thought the shape lent itself to stand on its own without any support. The clarinet I received had some of the keys were missing so, I decided to remove the remaining ones. I thought it would be interesting to explore the relationship of the hard instrument and softness of fabric. Also, I liked the idea painting the clarinet so, it won't be easily recognizable.
The first idea that came to mind was to shibori dye silk organza. The light and airy fabric fit the effect I wanted to achieve. I went back and forth on the color to paint the clarinet but ended up with light blue. The final element was adding a bit of orange that my friend, Madeleine, suggested. I'm happy with the piece and hope that it will bring in a good amount of money for the audition.
Side note: I realize that I need to work on photographing sculptures.
"Waterfall" by Mia Bloom
If you're in the north Orange County area on Saturday, October 12th from 5 - 8pm, come on by and check out the amazing artwork.