"Detroit Aglow’ is a series of large- scale stencil cuts that display the city’s infrastructure as I observe it today; a silhouette of its former glory. While the ruins of the once industrious Detroit may appear unattractive and undesirable for many, I find them rich with historical discourse and urban culture. The stencils are stark, cut solely by hand into black paper, to cast the idea of reminiscence. There is a lot of hope and effort instilled in the rebuilding of Detroit, and my work aims to bring light to the beauty of the city that remains.
"Detroit Aglow" was created at The University of Michigan- Penny W. Stamps, School of Art and Design. The pieces were exhibited at The Jean Paul Slusser Gallery in Ann Arbor, April- July 2012.
INSPIRATION OF THE DAY: Print maker, Artemio Rodriguez.
Artemio Rodriguez is a talented print maker whose works are inspired by his Mexican heritage and Dia de los Muertos. As a print maker, he works primarily in black and white, with a signature style that emphasizes simplicity and clarity. His skills range from linoleum cut and wood carving relief printing to screen printing, in both traditional and nontraditional presentations. While a student at printstamps, I was honored to meet and watch Artemio Rodriguez print in life and living color; his work has impacted mine from then on!
Hello Tumblr.. how I’ve missed you.
For the past year and a half, I have been working in the film/ television/ commercial production industry doing set design, props, and art direction. I am now living in the beautiful city of Chicago, but am finding a longing to produce fine art. Most primarily, I am dying to get into a printmaking studio; I have been carving and printing small wood and linoleum pieces, and am even carving imagery onto a wood table in my downtime (PHOTOS TO COME). All of this is currently happening within the confines of my 650 square foot apartment, so you can imagine the ink!!
Above are progression photos of a 4x6 linoleum carving of an organic skull and ribbon design— for personalized stationary/ prints where words can be placed (optionally) on the top ribbon. Setting up my inking/ hand printing station is in progress as we speak, and they’ll be photos of my prints to come!
The central meeting place of the artist retreat “Shrangra-La” in “The Cabining.”
Production Design & Props by Elyse Shapiro
Officially in post-production for “The Cabining.”
thecabining.com (TEASER TRAILER ON WEBSITE!) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2376440/
I served as the Production Designer and Property Master for “The Cabining” throughout October and had a great time watching the leaves change in Northern Michigan. The film shot for a period of three weeks in Boyne City, right on Lake Charlevoix. During this time, I got to work with the insanely talented special effects artist, Troy Holbrook.
The first set of images is the view from the back of the house that would serve as the artist retreat “Shangra-La.”
The final construction of my cape! This fabric was created by individually cut stencils that were screen printed onto a silk organza. The cape is filled with some of my favorite things… The top necktie is constructed from a woven piece created from animal wool purchased in Amsterdam. This cape is worn as I run around the studio, especially in the later hours of the evening!
This is a table created from pine wood. The detail was carved using a dremmel tool and then later covered in lacquer to protect the soft wood.
These tights were created using small, hand-cut stencils. The color was applied using color transfer paper that is activated by heat. David Bowie, Elvis Presley, and Bob Marley are pictured on the tights.
This is a screen print devore technique done at The University of The Arts, London- Central Saint Martins. The material remaining has two layers: the area that has been eaten away is solely lace, where as the silk in the unexposed area is still intact. The lower image is the light shinning through the eaten area. The fabric was then dyed in a gold bath with custom created dye color.
These are a series of printed ascot scarves that were created last summer in London. These hand-dyed pieces of silk were covered in lyrics from various songs written in small, detailed print. After written, the areas written on were then discharged by applying steam.
Rose pillows: the material for these pillows was created using a screen-printing technique with detail stencil cuts. After being printed, i stuffed the pillows with down feathers and seamed the edges.
This dress was created using a self-made pattern. The material was printed using a caning, dying, and discharging technique then sewn into a garment.
Hand-dyed yarn woven on loom using double-weave technique. The final piece measures at 26” x 24”
After nearly completing the structures of my lighting fixtures, I made a decision to change the lightbulb used. Rather than normal 42/150 watt compact fluorescent lightbulbs, I prefered the glow of the “extra white” bulbs. This light extended further, made the lines sharper, and ensured that my imagery would be seen as black and white rather than yellow and white. These photographs were taken mid-installation. The final lighting fixture was completed today and will be hung tomorrow. I will post pictures of my exhibition as soon as possible! Please come enjoy my show in the Slusser Gallery at the University of Michigan- School of Art and Design from April 13- May 1, Open 9AM-9PM!!