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Make It a Pencil

January 22, 2009

Robyn Love, who was part of our By Hand project, was recently commissioned to knit a giant water tower cozy for the 2009 D&AD Awards. Here’s a short clip of the transformation from everyday NY water tower to monumental pencil:

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Kent Henricksen

October 16, 2008

Kent Henricksen has a solo exhibition—titled Absence of Myth—up at Torino’s Galleria Glance. Kent’s work was included in our By Hand book, so it’s been great to see how his work has developed over the past few years. Here are a few images from the show:


Devious Delight, 2008, 26.5 x 23.5 in. – 67.3 x 59.7 cm


Transcendental Treasures I, 2008, Embroidery thread and gold leaf on canvas – 9.5 x 11.5 in. – 24.1 x 29.2 cm


To have and to hold, 2008, Embroidery thread and gold leaf on silk – 37 x 58 in. – 94 x 147.3 cm

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Rob Wynne in Philadelphia

September 30, 2008

Rob has another show opening this weekend at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Knitting with Kevlar

September 9, 2008

Some new work by Dave Cole at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery. The show is entitled All American.


Dave Cole, Knitting with Loaded Shotguns (Safties Off). 2008, spun statuary bronze with 12 gauge shotguns, 72″ x 66″ x 10″.


Dave Cole, Kevlar Party Dress. 2008, Kevlar (Used Gulf War Bullet Proof Vest) cut, sewn, hand knit and hand woven, 22” x 15” x 6”


Dave Cole, Bullet Flag Study #2. 2008, recovered bullets and bullet fragments, 15.5″ x 29″ x 1.5″

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By Hand artists…

June 26, 2008

Two of the artists who participated in By Hand are being featured in an exhibition and in a new book from Black Dog Publishing. Shane Waltener is in a group show called The Fabric of Myth at Compton Verney in Warwickshire and Tucker Schwarz has work in a new book about fabric and art titled Contemporary Textiles.


Shane Waltener, Destiny, Mixed Media. 2008


Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art by Janis Jefferies and Bradley Quinn (Author), Nadine Monem (Editor)

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Food + Art

May 21, 2008

Shane Waltener, one of the artists from our book By Hand, is involved in the GNAM – Gastronomia nell’arte moderna (Gastronomy in Modern Art) project. Funded by the European Union, the aim of the project is to “promote inter-cultural dialogue through trans-national circulation of art works and cultural products.” Translation, art will bring us together! This year’s theme is food, and it looks like Shane’s project involves edible art.

Sweet Graffiti
17-05-2008
Performance by Shane Waltener

Teatro al Parco
3.30 pm

The British artist Shane Waltener makes sweet graffiti using sugar, sweets and confectionery in general which, decorated and shaped, can be fixed anywhere using a sugar glaze or icing. Using these particular technique, all the little artists that are taking part in the performance can decorate walls and communicate all sorts of messages, and even calm and placate their parent’s bad moods. The graffiti can then simply be removed and eaten!

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Carolyn Salas

May 12, 2008

Carolyn, one of the By Hand contributors, has posted a new website featuring some of her more recent installation pieces. I’m very much liking her installation piece Feast of Burden, pictured below.

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The Heartbeat of a Bird, online

April 17, 2008

Our friend Rob Wynne has just launched a website featuring some of his work from the past 10 years. Some of Rob’s thread drawings were included in our book By Hand, but his new poured and blown glass pieces are also stunning.


The Heartbeat of a Bird, installation view, 2006.


The Last Fairy Tale, 2007. poured and mirrored glass. 63″ x 79″

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By Hand

August 22, 2006

It started a couple of years ago with a free weekend and a proposal sent out to a few publishers, and today the finished product arrived at our door. The book is called By Hand and it features a selection of really talented contemporary artists. Shu and I compiled, wrote, edited and designed* the book, and we are glad that Princeton Architectural Press has helped us get it out to the world. It won’t be available in stores or online until around November, but here are a few photos of what’s inside:

*after we moved to China, design was taken over by PA Press, so the cover ended up being designed in house.

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