Monday, February 6, 2012

Bleecker Co-op Memorial Project Open Studio

There are so many moments of appreciation, learning, and joy in a community engaged project;  here at Bleecker Co-op this especially true because of the legacy of artistic and community collaboration.

As we enter the second week of open studio, we'd like to recognize Ryan Hayward for his work on promotions and outreach, and  Michael Dion for preparing delicious and wholesome food for us. As the saying goes, it takes a village.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Welcome to Bleecker Co-op Memorial Project Open Studio!

Fabrication and Prep for the Bleecker Co-op Memorial Project

Making the bear "cartoon" for custom tile fabrication in Bleecker Co-op's ceramic studio.

A team of five artists -- Tristan R. Whiston, Anna Camilleri, Henry Campos, Katie Yealland, and Chantelle Gobeil -- worked on fabrication for two very exciting and labour intensive weeks in order to prepare for opening the studio to community contributors on January 29.

Clay slab fabricaton.

 The 24 piece cartoon is labeled so that nothing is lost in the collaboration between the mixed media (carpentry, wood, paint, mosaic) studio and the ceramic studio.

Cutting glass tile.

After the MDF boards were sealed and cradled, the scaled grid was rendered to guide wood construction and carpentry.

A Weldbond dilution (1 part Weldbond to 5 parts water) was used to seal and prime all wood.

2000+ glass gems were treated with paint and clear coat to produce custom colours.

Building level 1.

Our colour and materials palette.

Thinking about next steps.

Planning for the integration of level 3, which is being produced in the ceramic studio
under the leadership of Henry Campos.

400+ particle boards screws and Weldbond were used to build a stable (and non-porous) structure.