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Thursday
Jan152015

art basel miami: cb2 + dan elliott

What: ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ art installation, by Dan Elliott
When: December 5-6, 2014
Where: CB2 South Beach Miami

Last month during Art Basel Miami, artist Dan Elliott not only installed but created ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ in CB2’s South Beach store windows.

An artist and graphic designer who plays at the intersection of his two fields, Dan uses expressive and abstract forms that interplay with typography and bridge the often murky waters between art and design. His work ranges between hand­-cut stencil typography, letterpress printing and photography.

This specific project was a branch off the map series Dan has been building where he utilizes hand­- cut typographic stencils to expose sections of vintage road maps. In that series, the phrases used express notions of ideals or place in regards to the location the road map portrays.

For the first time, Dan ventured away from using maps as the surface and instead focused on communicating those same notions through the marks on the canvas as well as the composition of the typography and relationship between each panel.

‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ knocked out of bright, bold, colorful and layered strokes reflected Dan’s feelings of Miami­—warm, bright, bold and free.

For more about him, check out Dan’s artist profile. For more about the installation, read on!

First, working as stencils, hand-cut black vinyl letters about 25” tall are applied to four canvas banners, each banner measuring 41” wide.

A large printmaking roller was used to apply the bright colors—it was a serious workout, even with an extender added to the inks to help make them a bit more transparent and mix a bit more than usual on the canvas. For the actual inking process, one color was applied at a time—starting with layers of the yellow on the first day, and following with magenta and cyan on the second day.

When the inks were dry, the vinyl letters were removed to expose the canvas and create the bold typographic message and the large scale piece was ready to install.

The banners were constructed with a pocket at the top and bottom to slide a dowel rod through and create an even, flat wall hanging. The final installation measured 108” tall and 164” wide—the far left and right banners hung about 6” back from the windows with the middle two banners hanging about 18” back from the front banners to further enhance the depth and dimension of the piece.

Friday
Feb072014

watch: pink

Thursday
Jan022014

how to: paint glass vases

Supplies:
clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
paintbrush
plastic utensils
drop cloth or kraft paper










Directions:
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.

2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.

3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.

4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.

5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.

6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.

4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.




7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.

8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.

9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.

Tuesday
Dec032013

watch: gold

Wednesday
Jun122013

how it's made: brite drinkware

©All rights reserved by Miami Beach Gay Pride Sandra: In April 2012, while developing products for this Spring 2013, Andrea and I visited glass and dinnerware factories and naturally took a walk through their showrooms. After seeing hundreds of glass samples, we found a clear double old-fashioned—forgettable were it not for its stripes.

My thought process was to create a cocktail glass specifically for Pride parties—with the rainbow Pride flag as inspiration. Thankfully Andrea went along with the idea—we didn’t want to transfer the stripes literally, we simply used them as inspiration.

Andrea: The end goal was to create colorful drinkware that would be the star on the table with simple serving/dinnerware pieces—and that could be used for any occasion.

Color placement was hugely important as we discovered through various iterations—especially since the process of hand-painting the glasses naturally varied from the 2-dimensional drawings on paper. And, of course, no matchy-matchy so the brite martini and brite double old-fashioned are different to distinguish variations in the stripe patterns.