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Pickwick & Plum moves out of Monticello

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Gosh things have been so busy of late that I forgot to tell anyone that I was shutting down my shelf at Monticello Antique Mall. It was a great 2 and a half years, but I don’t think you should do anything unless you can do a really good job, and I simply wasn’t keeping up on my end of the bargain over there. My other business: is really going gang busters, so I decided to really focus on efforts. I will write more soon as time permits!!!

Just when you thought it was safe to lay around in your underwear…

Friday, January 4th, 2013

After an AMAZING opening at Guardino - if you missed it, you can still see all the work through January 29th. I think I sold 10 or 11 pieces opening night~! I still can’t believe the turn out. Very nice way to end the year and start a new one… Speaking of starting a new year – -

It’s time to RE-APPLY for the Glean Artist Residency! As you will no doubt remember (actually if you do remember, you need desperately to get out more) last year, I applied and was a ‘runner up’. They had 61 applicants, choose 8 to interview (I was one of the lucky 8) but alas, when they chose the final 5, I was beat out by a LOVELY assemblage artist named Greg Hanson. I’m having coffee with him next week. Turns out he came to my opening – but I’d never met him so I didn’t know… I’m looking forward to meeting him and getting a chance to hear first hand what it was like to have Metro approved access to the holy grail of lost treasures – THE CITY DUMP!

The Glean application is due by the end of the month, so it’s back at it for me. It will take me some time to futz with the cover letter, artist statement and photos required. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted~!

Happy New Years!

Little hard to keep up with everything.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Man, summer done kicked my ass. Here’s a video I took of a project I’ve been working on all summer (off and on) I’m all jazzed about learning to use cogs and wheels and sound and motion… this is my first attempt at getting a crank to trigger action in a piece… I tried uploading more videos but I can’t #$!@*& figure out how to get them small enough to play nice… I’ll post more images soon…

Rich catches me in the art studio

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The “inside” art studio that is…

The Glean Application

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I’m in the process of filling out this year’s “GLEAN” application. It was called Pacific Northwest Art Program last year when they started offering artists access to the Metro dumps. You have to be chosen based on your work. I’m sure there will be a lot of very competent and accomplished artist applying for it. But I’m not letting that stop me. I think it would be absolutely fabulous. I’ve called several people at Metro through the years trying to get them to open up the dump to artist. Liability is too high and I never got farther than being told simply, no – we’re sorry. But last year when I read about the PNAP program, I was thrilled. It’s too bad that it’s only a handful of artists get access.

I’ve never written an Artist Statement before. Somehow they always sounds so full of crap I usually try not to read them. But when it came to throwing my name in the hat for the Glean Artist Competition, I had to sit down an pound out something somewhat legible. And low-and-behold… I actually enjoyed it. I found an article online that really helped me out. It became sort of an exercise, like taking a test (which I enjoy). Here’s the article.

Well, I’m applying and we’ll see. If I’m chosen, I will tell you all about it! There’s still a few days left to get your app in if you are interested. Here is the link:


Monday, October 10th, 2011

An old lamp post part, cracked victorian powder lid, vintage compact mirror, drawer plate and serving dish legs and antiqued mirror all make for a very strange assemblage… Other than the fact that I take HORRIFIC photos — what say you?

Some Photos from Europe…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Just got back on Monday from my trip and here’s some photos I took.

New Work – Old Work

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Picking up a theme I was starting to explore last year, I’ve begun several new pieces – after being kicked in the panties by Michael Demeng’s class at Collage. I purtymuchsuck at photography.

Poppers – glass candy shell and irredescent nuggut center!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

My favorite buttons in whole world…

The sorts of oddities we like

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Someone asked me recently what kind of things we like here at Pickwick & Plum, so I took some photos of a few of my favorite recent finds…