Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's a Wrap


Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a workshop given by Keith Lo Bue. His profile on his blog states that he is a "found-object jeweler and sculptor" but his work really defies labeling. The workshop was called Papering Over It - Collaging the Found Object. Much of Keith's work is oriented toward jewelry design but this technique-driven workshop was like hitting the jackpot for mixed media as well. I cannot recommend his classes more highly.


Keith has been working for many years and has discovered and created such unique techniques all his own. His creativity is only exceeded by his generosity. He seemed to be sharing all his secrets. And, simply put, he is a nice guy too.



I had a chance to learn and try out many techniques in the workshop that I know will find their way - as translated by my own voice - into my artwork.


Of the many things I learned, a paper wrapping technique was one of my favorites. The photos in this post highlight the practice piece I made in the workshop using this process.


The workshop was made even better by that fact that I shared a table with Jill from JazWorks and finally had the opportunity to meet &rew from Urban Paper Arts. In addition, Thomas Mann was teaching within the same space and after meeting him, I realized that I would love to take a class from him in the future.

Keith will be teaching again this year in both the USA and in Australia. Check out his website (one of my favorite's in terms of design) and blog for more information and to see his art.

36 comments:

NuminosityBeads said...

I love everything about this wrap. Sounds like the kind of class I would love to take.

Kim

Ro Bruhn said...

Keith's a great guy and teacher. I did a five day workshop with him here. I learnt so much and enjoyed using his techniques in my work. Your paper wrap looks terrific, we didn't learn that one.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

What a stunning piece you created! I love everything about it and your photos are lovely. I love the paper-wrapping-found-object idea! What didn't I think of that?? lol.
Thanks for sharing:)

ArtSnark said...

sounds like a great time

Jill Zaheer said...

What a great workshop and the techniques, as you say, were amazing. Keith is a super teacher and truth be told, the detailed amazing work you created could be an advertisement for his wonderful teachings! Love how you wrapped and glued the paper around the metal wire. Lucky me on two counts- both sharing the table and class with you!!

luthien said...

wow! amazing seth! it's organic and elemental, such a stunning character piece!

femminismo said...

Really cool paper wrapping, and of course I like the metal. Great stuff!

Kim said...

Keith's work is amazing, I bet you loved his class. He has a solo exhibition here later this year a few hours from where we live and I am hoping to get there to see it! The wrapped piece looks great Seth I can see more of these will be popping up soon! How nice to meet up with Jill and &rew as well! Must have been some class!

Marie-Aimée said...

you're really lucky !! I love his artwork
have a good day

Jeanne said...

Fantastic post Seth and so so interesting. I think what you created in that short time is brilliant and look forward to seeing how you translate it into your artwork. I think a larger version of that mounted on a stand would be fantastic. Think of the possibilities!
Jeanne :)

fheathermoore said...

Ooo I could see that in the entrance way to my hall. It's gorgeous. Looks like you had a great time too.

Jacky said...

Very appealing...love the scrunched paper/text. Looks like a great workshop. I havent done one of his in Australia, but will keep an eye out!

Lovely to see the pic of you and Keith.

Jacky xox

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are so lucky to be able to take Keith Lo Bue's class. Paper wrapping looks like fun. Your piece is simply stunning. Thanks for sharing the day with us.

Found art blog said...

That's turned me into a blithering dribbler!! I LOVE IT!!

Judy said...

Told ya so

JP said...

this looks really fascinating - clever you

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

That really sounds and looks splendid Seth! You must be SO jazzed with what you've learned, it certainly looks fab!

My X's arrived today, many thanks they will definitely be a special ingredient for an upcoming project!
So far it's just fun touching and looking at them! I am easily entertained teehee! Gathering is a fun part of the creative process!
So glad I found them in your Etsy shoppe!
oxo

alteredbits said...

ohhh, that looks like so much fun! i absolutely adore your "practice piece", seth! that is stunning! i will have to see if he's teaching that in portland this year. ;)

sounds like an amazing day and lucky you for getting so share a table with jilly too -- i love that gal!

Lynn said...

Very cool art! Nice to find a mentor teacher you respect and admire. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ArtPropelled said...

The paper wrapped piece is fantastic. I would love to do one of Keith's workshops. As you say he is extremely generous. His blog is filled with his ideas which he is so willing to share.

Julie said...

FRICK. He was just HERE. Right HERE. Down the friggin street 3 days ago....how did my radar miss this?

Pat said...

Looks like you made the most of a great opportunity, I love the piece.

azirca said...

If that is a practice piece I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Jason Claus said...

Your work inspires me to take my art in a different direction. Love it!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Oh this is so exciting to see what you have discovered and made. Thomas Mann is a wonderful artist that I truly respect...I would sign up for a class if he came nearby...I have a small heart he created and it is a treasure of mine. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Gwen said...

Haven't taken a class from Keith, but have talked to him, and drooled over his incredible art at ArtFest. He is all that and more, and very funny, too!

I love your pieces.

Jen Crossley said...

Keith is a wonderful teacher I have taken several classes with him he is one very talented guy and a Nice man as well.
Love what you made
Jen

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I love the combination of the solid and ephemera. -J

Mary said...

Oh this looks like it was a blast.
looks like you could make some great jewelry with that technique.

I loved getting to see you!! I don't think I have seen a picture of you before!!!!

Looking forward to seeing more wrapping!! :)

Lisa H said...

Seth? Keith? Thomas? &drew?
..you can't swing a cat by the tail without hitting an adorable man with HUGE talent in that place.

Sign me up. For anything.

Curio said...

Oh what I would do for even a nuance of such classes to be offered in my region...absolutely inspiring!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Love that wrap. Very tempting. Sounds like a great class!

Jo Archer said...

Hey, we finally get to see what you look like! Dude! Oh and all papery, wrappy, metally, Keithy things are very fab!

rivergardenstudio said...

wow seth, your wrapped creation is gorgeous. I would love to take a workshop with Keith Lo Bue someday!

Gaby Bee said...

Looks like a gorgeous workshop! Your paper wrapped piece is really cool! I would love to do such a workshop also.

Dee / Cloth Company said...

love that wrapped thing, can't wait to see where it goes forward in your work... Are you the guy on the right, BTW? (that's my guess, don't ask me why).