Photo by Austin Thomas
I enjoy creating art that unites humble, as well as involved, objects, into a kind of their own — creating art that is distinctive and intricate, yet in its truest sense, uncomplicated. As much as I embrace convention in art, and I certainly do, my Fusion Frame art fulfills the part of me that says “no” to convention. That it is not only okay to be avant-garde, it is right. I like to embrace alternatives to an accepted order in art. To even, at times, completely ignore conventions when fashioning a piece and enjoy the unbounded ability to create by refusing to be limited by precept, artistically speaking.
Seeking out a unique frame and then spending a day in the Central Oregon forest searching for a just right piece of tree branch to blend with the frame is gratifying in and of itself. Then, each project involves woodworking, painting, and a bit of sculpting. Dedicating the hours of time fashioning a frame that merges a man-made as well as natural element into a single piece of art that captures so much imagination, is rewarding. Tailoring a frame with a special, sentimental object for someone is even more rewarding — it captures so much life!
The main components of my Fusion Frames are a reclaimed tree branch or root and a wood frame. I have always appreciated old, dead trees – more so the branches. The more personality the better. I am thrilled to have found a way to use them in my work. I use many different woods. Central Oregon Manzanita and Pine, Juniper, Aspen, Willamette Valley Filbert and California Grapevine are a few of my favorites. I have also always been drawn to frames, especially antique frames. Using frames of all types and spanning well over one 150 years make the Fusion Frames that much more interesting. The solid construction, weathered patinas and unique details exhibit such character and history. If only they could actually speak of the stories they have witnessed over the years. My goal is to bring together each’s attitude and personality and reflect it as one. Other components are paints, stains, bonding & sculpting agents, and hardware. If used, leather, iron, brass, bronze and glass all retain the personality of their heritage.
The first step in creating a Fusion Frame involves searching for and acquiring a frame or tree branch that strikes me as extraordinary. I appreciate items that evidence unique embellishments and scars – items that reveal their history, even if in the most discreet fashion.
When I find a frame or branch, I typically instantly recognize how I want to employ it in one of my artworks. Therefore, the next step is to seek out its counterpart. I am looking for counterparts that “talk to one another.” Once I find a frame and tree branch that pair flawlessly together, there is component preparation.
A tree branch reclaimed from the wilderness requires washing, organic disinfecting and drying before it is ready for use. At times, a frame will as well, if it has been stowed inadequately over the years.
Finally, each project entails design, woodworking, sculpting and painting.
A project dictates the degree and type of woodworking, sculpting, painting and finishing techniques required. All of this necessitates a lot of vision, commitment and patience, which makes it that much more rewarding.
The blending of these fundamentals creates a distinct piece of art. It is meaningful and different. When finished, each one exhibits many individual characteristics, but in a singular, harmonized style.
Each Fusion Frame shows the individual history of every part as well as their combined story as one. Each is a chronicle, complete with scars and adornment.
Grave Yard Bonsai Mountain Skulls are a unique take on “Memento mori” art. “Remember that you can die” in latin, this art aims to remind us of our own mortality, so it’s fitting that these handmade trophies are “cast in PVC plastic and…moulded off a real human skull.” Made by Australian company Jack Of The Dust, these 850 gram, 13x16x22cm skulls be a part of your home for just $ 399 AUS.
“Jack of the Dust” is an obsolete United States Navy occupational designation. Despite sounding ominous, it was used for the ship’s steward, and “referr[ed] to the dusty atmosphere created by issuing quantities of flour and dried biscuit.” The term is still occasionally used today for a ship’s culinary specialist in charge of the canned goods storeroom.
Shonagh Scott, a talented make-up artist in the UK, has created a brilliant series of images in which she photographed herself as a collection of different Disney princesses who’ve met grisly yet appropriate ends. Her Twisted Princess series is the perfect inspiration for a Disney-themed Halloweeen costume if you know your way around a makeup kit.
Scott has a talent for choosing gruesome fates for these Disney belles – Cinderella has impaled herself on the heel of her crystal slipper and Elsa managed to pierce her neck with her own icicle. Ouch!
The popularity of zombies as fearsome characters in movies, video games, and television series continues to grow worldwide. Fans of these undead monsters have taken to the streets in gory makeup in recent years, staging “zombie walks,” “zombie runs,” “zombie survival camps,” even a “zombie pride day.” Some of the walks are for charity, others just for fun. Zombie runs can be playful, or terrifying, as participants overcome obstacles and shambling undead attackers. Gathered here are photos from some of these zombie events from Peru, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Italy, the Philippines, England, Taiwan, Serbia, Nicaragua, Argentina, Israel, Germany, Costa Rica, Spain, and Australia.
Referred to as 21 Grams, the box is created from layers of wood, which are glued collectively and hand-sanded to generate the ultimate form then coated with a pale gray matt complete. It opens utilizing a gold-plated brass key that can be worn as a necklace, and incorporates an amplifier for actively playing songs from an Iphone that slots into the base.
It also consists of a scent diffuser and a small gold-plated urn that retains up to 21 grams of ashes within a blown-glass dildo.
“21 Grams is a memory-box that permits a widow to go again to the personal reminiscences of a missing beloved 1,” described Sturkenboom. “After a passing, the lacking of intimacy with that man or woman is only one facet of the ache and grief. This varieties the foundation for 21 Grams. The urn delivers the possibility to preserve 21 grams of ashes of the deceased and displays an immortal need.”
“By bringing distinct nostalgic moments together like the scent of his fragrance, ‘their’ tunes, reviving the instant he gave her her 1st ring, it opens a window to go back again to moments of love and intimacy,” he stated.
When unlocked, the entrance of the box forms two panels that fold out. 1 of these holds a created-in fragrance container with a rubber diffuser attached.
A drawer in the foundation of the box can be utilised for keepsakes like a handkerchief or little scarf. The inside of of the lid also attributes a spherical storage compartment for a ring, which is hidden driving two hinged flaps that type the form of a defend when closed.
The hollow glass dildo rests at the back again of the primary compartment, and the modest golden urn is slotted in to the base of this and closed with a brass seal.
Audio from the user’s Iphone is amplified by the box, with the sound transmitted through perforations arranged in the condition of two fail to remember-me-not flowers on the inside of of the box.
This has been the situation with the tiny Japanese automaker, who’s been demonstrating us some wicked concepts, but almost none of them adopted-through to turn out to be a generation design. And with Mitsu’s recent lineup currently being much more obsolete than Phillips’ LaserDisc and the demise of the Lancer Evolution, we’re all still left asking yourself if we’ll see Mitsubishi depart the North American market place.
Possibly way, Mitsubishi is back beating the dead-horse of principle reveals once again with the teasing of a new idea for Geneva. Does it genuinely subject any much more considering that none of the preceding never ever took off?
It may, due to the fact this principle appears to be a new plug-in electric powered hybrid, and 1 that could attractiveness to the masses as a mainstream design. But of system, Mitsubishi didn’t share significantly in the way of specifics. So we’ll have to wait until finally Geneva to locate out what just it is.
We just reported on the Disco Biscuits upcoming show with Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart so it seems appropriate to mention that the remaining members of the Dead will be performing their final shows this summer in Chicago and will be joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti.The Grateful Dead are at the top of the American jam band music hierarchy. After 50 years of incredible music and memories the remaining members have decided to perform their final shows. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will hit the stage at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3, 4 & 5. Honestly, can you think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day? Probably not but if you still need convincing to place your mail order request keep reading.
Joining the Dead for 2 sets of music each night will be Trey Anastasio of Phish, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. Hornsby has played with the Dead from 1990-1992 and also played with The Other Ones. Jeff Chimenti is familiar with all of the tunes from his experience in The Other Ones as well as RatDog, Furthur and Phil Lesh & Friends.
The ticketing for the Soldier Field shows is being done old school so you better figure out what a SASE is and find out where you can pick up a money order as these won’t be shows that you want to miss. This is your chance to bid farewell to some true American Icons that changed the musical landscape and created more than just music…they created a community and a lifestyle that will live on forever.