Indigo is one of the art dolls from my new multidisciplinary art installation “Senses That Sin”. I drew my inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience from flowers and their lush surroundings that can tickle our senses when we allow ourselves to fully enjoy their offering. She is the art doll that is brought to life by my live doll, Namchi Bazar, who performs in the video below with musician Del Riviera. The body of the doll is made with polymer clay, her hair is black merino wool, and I recycled some material to craft her skirt and then added lace accents and Ostrich feathers. I also recycled a lamp shade to create the skirt hoop and her sidekick mini Roxy the Rabbit is made with textile, fabric paint, wool, and polymer clay for her eyes.
I had a lot of fun creating this art installation and learned a lot in the process. To experience the full art installation coming to life for yourself, please watch the live performance video featuring Namchi Bazar and Del Riviera!!!
Once a week I work with my friend Nola – one of the young artists on Cortes Island. I call our time together “Creative Sessions” because we create a lot of art together using many media and we have a great time working together. I think it’s really healthy to work with other people of all ages for many reasons – energy, vision, inspiration, just to name a few. I learn something new every week when we work together! It’s also very interesting to see the work Nola does using the medium and topics we choose to work each week. So far, our get-togethers have been super rewarding for both of us – each in our own way – and we plan on continuing to work together weekly. We also have a collaborative project in the works, which I will share in a future blog post.
Since we started our “Creative Sessions” we have touched on postal art, pointillism, minimalism, landscapes, spray paint, acrylic, art dolls, encaustic and collage. Here are some of Nola’s awesome art pieces – some finished and others still in the making. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!!!
A little corner of this Earth we share together!!!
This past Friday, I went on a field trip with my Curators’ Workshop crew to Refuge Cove, which lies a mere 30-minute boat ride away from Cortes Bay in beautiful British Columbia. Our plan was to gather a few historical items for the upcoming Cortes Island Museum’s summer show, which has been the focus of the workshop facilitated by Judith Williams – an art history professor at UBC and well-known West Coast artist, since last October. The opportunity to be accepted in this workshop has been truly amazing; I have learned so much about where I live and where many of my friends also love to spend their time. I even found out that my landlord was brought up in Refuge Cove and it was nice to know I have such a close connection to that place.
Refuge Cove is a very unique place on Earth. For one, it can only be accessed by boat which always such a magical dimension to a place. It also boasts a rich history as well as being one of the longest running land co-ops in BC, and possibly Canada. Some of its features are scenic trails you can travel to get from one location to another, a general store offering postal services, gas and a restaurant with an art gallery. The Cortes Island Museum’s art show opens in June and I look forward to sharing more, so stay tuned!!!
We live on a 33 acres parcel of land that lies between the Salish Sea and Hague Lake on Cortes Island, BC. So seeing wildlife is part of our daily life. We get to see beavers, ducks, wolves, eagles, and so many more species. Deer is also one of our regular visitors but it’s still a very rare occurrence for one of them to Surprise me as it comes up the cliff just when I lift my head up from a project in my studio to look out the window!!! “How long was he watching me?” I think to myself. And yes, I can see you even though your camouflage into the backyard is almost perfect…
Ms. Boutika is one of the art dolls from my new multidisciplinary art installation “Senses That Sin.” I drew my inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience from flowers and their lush surroundings that can tickle our senses when we allow ourselves to fully enjoy their offering. Ms. Boutika was created and inspired by the idea of a flower shop. I recycled an old vintage lampshade to craft the skirt, first by gilding it with gold leaf to imbue it with the luxury of being surrounded by flowers; I then used dried flowers from my garden that I pressed myself, placed them on the lamp shade in the hope of creating a beautiful shadow when the light shined through it… and I am glad to say that it worked!
Her body and her brown boots are made out of polymer clay. Ms. Boutika’s hair was naturally dyed with Queen Anne’s lace from my garden and I made her dreadlocks made from local Cortes Island wool by Joy Shipway. Back in the early 90s I had the opportunity to follow The Grateful Dead for seven shows and during that journey I made a necklace by sewing little red roses together with rose quartz beads; I had kept it all these years and decided that it was very suitable to adorn Ms. Boutika’s hair.
For your own experience of seeing the full art installation come to life, please watch the live performance video featuring Namchi Bazar and Del Riviera!!!
Lilac Rose is one of the art dolls from my new multidisciplinary art installation “Senses That Sin”. I drew my inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience from flowers and their lush surroundings that can tickle our senses when we allow ourselves to fully enjoy their offering. Lilac Rose was created from recycled finds: a vintage candy dish and a drawing model doll, which were both found at the free store on Cortes Island. I started by covering her body with gold leaf (because one person’s trash is another’s treasure), I then used some of the cotton batting I use to stuff my art dolls to create a bubble bath and added dried pressed flowers to give the idea of a lush bubble bath. The ensemble is meant to wake up the senses that make every life worth living, or in this case, every item that deserves to be refurbished into a luxury thought brought to life.
To experience the full art installation come alive please watch the live performance video featuring Namchi Bazar and Del Rivera!!!
This is Betty and my pink wool sweater!!! We have had her since she was 8 weeks old and ever since the day she came home to us, this has been her favourite item and kind of Security “blanket”. Whenever I leave the house, whether it be for 5 mins or an entire weekend, she sits on my sweater the whole time. She loves this sweater so much that sometimes she even gives fusses about it a little when I want to wear it…xoxo
I have become very fond of working in the medium of textile art as of late, and I plan on continuing to explore and create in this medium. I am loving the process of naturally dyeing cloth and wool, and then knitting with the fruits of my labour. I plan on spending the next few months experimenting with this process. At the moment, I am busy creating bandanas and wrist art, which you can view on the web page I have dedicated to it (here) an in my Etsy store, linked below! I have been having so much fun working on my store and I keep adding new items all the time, as this is my focus for Spring and Summer as I hope to be crafting many new items to share and sell. Of course, my plans also include gardening, skool (and yes, I do mean to spell it like this!) and as much beach time as possible. In the last few years, my focus has been art installations with their many deadlines and logistics. I am happy to take a step back from these pressures and have fun living in a more fluid way. After this hiatus, I do plan on creating a new art installation – which will include some new techniques – to share something very fresh in 2018. Stay tuned and check out my Etsy store. I wish everyone a wonderful Spring!!! xoxo
Laura Balducci’s Etsy store: Click here!
The garden beds are ready to be turned for Spring planting and are filled with organic matter, including: seaweed, rabbit compost, collected mulch of leaves and soil. It’s become Dense with nutrients that only need to be watered. This surely heralds an amazing season of fruits, vegetables, and beautiful flowers ahead.
Here is some info about the material we collect and why we use it in our garden beds as fertilizer!!!
Seaweed – Has 60 trace minerals and ready-to-use nutrients including nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, and magnesium; it also contains hormones that encourage plant growth. And unlike other garden amendments such as manure, seaweed does not need to decompose before being of benefit to your garden.
Bunny Berries – Rabbit manure is dry, odourless, and comes in pellet form, which means it is suitable for direct use in the garden. It can be applied any time of the year and helps give your plants a boost during the growing season, and can also serve as a storehouse of nutrients when applied in the late fall and winter.
Well, this is the end of the gardening lesson… I will be sharing our results throughout the growing season, so stay tuned for more info, tips and inspiration!
Happy Gardening Season! xoxo