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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

More Art 101 Advice: Captions

Whether you are entering juried shows, submitting your work for consideration for a book, or for any other art opportunities, you will be expected to understand basic captions for your art work. Most captions include the title of art work, your name, the medium, materials, size/dimensions and year.

I come across way too many artists who seem unclear on what a caption is. The title of the art work is what you name your painting, the name of your glass sculpture, etc. For example, you may title your painting of flowers "My Summer Garden" or your ceramic vessel may be called "Blue Horizons." The title is your personal choice. If you do not have a name for your art work, then call it "untitled." Name refers to your full name only. The medium refers to the type of art you create such as a photography, an oil painting, glass, ceramics, etc. When you are asked for the materials for your work, no one is seeking information on your "secret process." However, it is important to list the major materials such as steel, glass, and wood (for a sculpture for example) so the juror and/or audience can understand your work. While you may identify a piece of glass as recycled glass, it would be better to identify the type of glass used such as recycled window glass, recycled bottle glass, etc.

Size or dimensions refer to the size of the art work. For sculpture you should include height, width and depth (in the order specified) and in the unit of measurement requested in the rules (inches or in centimeters). Two dimensional work should include height and length/width. I come across a lot of photographers who become confused here and submit all types of odd numbers such as pixels, shutter speed, etc. A photographer should submit the size of the photograph he may print and sell the jpeg file in such as 8" x 10", etc.

Finally, the year does not mean the year and month and day that you submitted your work to the call for submissions. It refers to the date you created the work such as 2011, 2009, etc.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Received My Advance Copy of My Upcoming book!!!!

Well now I can actually hold my book and finally seeing the finished product is amazing.  The book should be in the publisher's warehouse in the next 6-8 weeks.  The final countdown is starting!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recycled Glass Products at Anthropologie

The hip chic store chain Anthropologie not only carries beautiful clothing but they have recycled glass products as well. The soda-lime mug below sells for $10.00 and come ins 3 shades of recycled glass colors.  Click here to see more information on this mug.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Another Art Scam Email

I always find these art scam emails rather sloppy but entertaining.  Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Kito, I assure you I am treating your email with "good concern."

From:Endowment International Stores

Hello there,

I want to buy some artworks from your company to my new store in Australia, I will like to know if you accept credit card and ship internationally as I have got new shops opening in other part of the world.

So please let me know if you can assist me with the order I will await your prompt response as soon as you receive this mail,I will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern...

You can reply back to ........

Love from,

Mr and Mrs Kito

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September is Recycle Glass Month

According to the Glass Packaging Institute's website:

"GPI's Recycle Glass Month 2011 will unite communities across the U.S. with glass container manufacturers, suppliers, and recyclers around local events to build awareness and boost glass bottle recycling. With 55 awareness activities in 20 states in 2010, Recycle Glass Week created buzz across the country that recycling glass bottles and jars has powerful environmental and energy saving benefits. Recycle Glass Month 2011 will be even bigger and better!"

"The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is the trade association representing the North American glass container industry. Through GPI, glass container manufacturers speak with one voice to advocate industry standards, promote sound environmental policies and educate packaging professionals."

Read the full press release for more details here.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rotary Club Supports Glass Recycling Project

Saturday, 03 September 2011 02:30 Caribarena News

Antigua St John's - The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown is supporting a unique micro-enterprise project aimed at improving livelihoods while contributing to solid waste management. The “Beach Bottle Bead Project,” partly funded by the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network - WIDECAST - will set up a micro-enterprise opportunity for those interested in creating unique craft from recycled glass bottles.

To initiate the project, 11 artisans were trained in the art of creating glass beads from trash glass such as wine and beer bottles and “beach glass”, broken glass bottles often left on the beach, which over time become eroded and smoothed out by the action of the waves. The artisans were also taught how to mount the beads to create unique jewellery pieces.

Through the “Beach Bottle Bead Project,” the artisans are provided with all the equipment necessary to set up and operate a bottle beads workshop and store, including torches, a kiln, and jewellery-making kits. The workshop, located at the Gilberts Agriculture and Rural Development Centre (GARDC), will be made available to the trained crafters at a reasonable fee so that they may continue to create the bottle beads jewellery.

Read the full story here.