The Grand Opening of the new library was on November 18, 2017. A student DJ, part of the "City Turns The Tables" DJ Lab Series, provided entertainment, there were delicious tacos, presentations by the library leaders and Supervisor Janice Hahn, and the giant scissors that cut the red ribbon - officially opening the library. A short video was created by the Los Nietos School District highlighting the opening day. Here are some pics from the big day!
The Los Nietos Library Public Art is being installed! Four hundred leaves in various sizes and depths from the wall move across the South facade of the new library. The shadows shift throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. The library's grand opening will be on November 18, 2017.
Marking the building's steel locations so we can begin installing the artwork's steel supports. The artwork's ready...just a few more days before it goes up!
The timeline for the new public art at Los Nietos Public library is finished. The colors, images and dates look great. Here's a portion of the timeline. Staying safely in it's crate until it installs later in the month.
After 1.5 years in the making, we finished installing the public art for South Whittier Public Library. More photos to come but here is the piece that tells about the natural landscape around the South Whittier area including Turnbull Canyon.
Part of the new artwork for the Los Nietos Public Library is a timeline documenting the area's history. We've had several meetings with community members as well as the Superintendent of Los Nietos School District. Here's a shot of us hard at work!
Patrick's Tree is a tree and landscape improvement project at Lacy Park in San Marino. On November 1st, a fundraiser was held at the park in concert with Southern California Children's Museum. The day included a mini race,Smokey The Bear, food trucks, succulent planting, paper marbling and a petting zoo including a porcupine, a hedgehog and a snake from the Wildlife Learning Center. The day was a big success with $40,000 raised towards the $100,000 goal. All photography by Marija Thomas.
The newest blog post for Permaset Inks features Robey Clark and the Pop-Hop Books & Print shop in Los Angeles. Robey has a very unique way of using screen printing in his art work which is does while also running his Highland Park shop. The full article can be read here or by clicking the link below:
On September 20th, we held the last of four artist-led workshops at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Artesia Branch. Each workshop was led by a Los Angeles-based artist or designer and supported by the Friends Of The Library in Artesia. Participants learned about the ancient art of block printing and could create custom patterns on water color paper and muslin. Thank you Artesia for a great summer workshop series!
The third of a 4-workshop series was held yesterday at the Artesia branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. The ancient art of marbling was taught by artist & designer Morgan Meredith. Participants learned how to create elaborate patterns before dipping their paper into the paint/water mixture. There were some beautiful patterns and color combinations created. Thank you to Morgan and all the incredible volunteers for another successful art workshop!
The County Of Los Angeles Public Library held a grand opening at the Leland Weaver branch on Wednesday, July 16. Opening after an extensive renovation, the library celebrated with art activities including block printing on muslin. Youth could create their own patterns using an array of colors and shapes.
We had a great turnout for Saturday's Artist-Led Workshop at the Artesia branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Tamarind Rossetti taught acrylic painting on recycled canvas. The participants learned how to mix warm and cool colors to create their own unique artwork. We had so many talented, budding artists present. And a big thank you goes out to all the amazing volunteers! We'll see you again on August 9th when Morgan Meredith teaches marbling on paper.
The first of four artist-led workshops begins today at the Artesia branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library. Attendees will be learning how to screen print with water-based inks on recycled chipboard. The prints can be cut out and made into a mobile, folded in half to create the cover of a story book or used as a coloring book for young children. The workshop is free, open to the public and runs from 12:00pm-3:00pm.
The latest screen print article features Grow Your Own Media located in Atwater Village in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio & print shop while learning more about their history and work. Click here to read the article. If you want to learn how to screen print or need studio space on an hourly basis, visit GYOM.
The mural for Locke High School, "Knowledge Moves Mountains", has been submitted to the 2014 Collaboration of Art + Design competition. The goals of the CODAawards are to "celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. Awards honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day." GriffinMade's entry can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
The administrators at Locke High School wanted to end the school year by showing a time lapse of the painting project.
In January I started working with a group of 10th graders at Locke High School in Watts. The administrators wanted to improve the school grounds while engaging the students throughout the process. They had identified one wall of the classroom building as the ideal spot for a mural. After meeting with the students to hear their thoughts on art and their school, I created the design for "Knowledge Moves Mountains". Over the last several weeks, the group of 10th graders and I cleaned, primed and painted the mural.
I wanted a design that had a bright orange and a deep cobalt blue as the color scheme. I created a series of little squares, each slightly different. I like the colors but the overall print reminds me of an architectural diagram of a city with its buildings and streets. Maybe this could be Paris?