Saturday, May 08, 2010

AIRdirondack Project - step three

Firstly, an explanation. Recently, I had a great opportunity to explore the country of Turkey. Not only did I get to experience the bustling city of Istanbul, I got to sample hospitality in Izmir, tour ruins like Ephesus and Perge as well as relax in Antalya.

Being someone with deep interests in all things Byzantine, this trip was an opportunity of a lifetime. I can honestly say that the art and culture overwhelmed me so much, I still haven't really had a chance to process it.

One of the things I loved the most was to experience centuries of artisan works. These were everywhere, in carpet stores, on the walls of the Grand Bazaar, on traditional patterns for plates and cups. I think what struck me was the humanity of those pieces. You could see brush strokes, you could see inconsistencies, you could tell that it was handmade, not something produced by a laser guided machine. I loved it.

When I had the opportunity to participate in the AIRdirondack project, that was the first thought that came to mind - and assemblage of all the patterns that I had encountered in that magnificent country. So, that is what you will see.

Each piece in the Assembly Chair will feature a pattern that I have found somewhere in my travels. Hopefully I will be able to explain each and every one to you!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

AIRdirondack Project - step two

Do not fear the pink! This is merely a transitional phase on this chair....

I spent a good five hours today sanding edges, priming and putting down two coats of this bright bubbly-gum pink. It became quite the balancing act painting each edge so it would not adhere to the newspaper and trying to remember how many coats each edge had gotten.

I'm glad that I bit the bullet on this part of the project - I'm looking forward to the artistic painting rather than this utility painting. If I had done this in stages (like I was trying to talk myself into at about hour 3) I don't think I would ever finish this. Now that the worst is over, the rest will probably just tumble out.