Who is Sue and what is Suelandia?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

For those of you wondering what my deal is...

Hi Everyone.
Some of you are familiar with my sculpture of "Tina", and my mountain biking exploits and involvement with my local trail.  People who are aware of all the time I spend over there toting heavy things around, chainsawing dead trees up, alternately sweating and freezing my ass off all year round insisting it is FUN, wonder--- what exactly is my deal with that place?  Why am I so dedicated (obsessed)?  

This video is a little different because I explain why the trail is so meaningful to me, the impact discovering it and mountain biking has had on my life, and reveal some of the thought process behind Tina.

Did you know at one time I was so disabled from a back injury I could barely walk? Recovering and becoming active again was a long process.  Almost everything I do now I was told was impossible for me.  (So don't listen if someone tells you this!)  
Finding the trail was one of the things that kind of brought me back to life-- back to who I was *before*.  

That's not really right either though.  Because I am a new person now; an evolutionary revolutionary me.  Sue-point-oh.  :)

I hope you enjoy the video.

In other Suenews:

The Handke commission is coming along.  The heat index was over 100 the day I hauled all these heavy herons up onto the scaffolding and muscled them onto the arch to figure out the mounting hardware.  A couple of people even witnessed my feats of strength and were duly impressed.  ~Hands on hips~

One night while working I discovered the deer look amazing when back lit.  I showed the pic to the client and they're working on a plan to light them from the inside with LEDs once they're installed.

And-- my cat brought this home the other day (with only minor nicks if you can believe it).  Work came to a screeching halt, and lucky for me I have a husband who doesn't even bat an eye when I meet him at the top to the driveway with a baby squirrel in my hand and tell him we have to go on an over 2 hour road trip *right now* to bring it to a wildlife rehab center.  (Only to return home and resume working into the night.)

Little "Lucky" is now being professionally tended until he's old enough to be released into the wild. 
 Thanks for hanging out a bit in Suelandia with me.  If you liked it consider subscribing.  There is a subscribe by email link up on the right.  :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We got yer deer right here

Hey everyone.  I finished the last of the 5 Handke deer!  Right now there is this completely finished one outside my shop--

3 at the powdercoater, and this last one still galloping through my shop.

This week I've prepared deer vids galore-- pick what you're interested in or watch them all.  First up a little teaser (a viewer suggestion):
Here is one showing the process of covering the deer, explaining how I was able to shape them:
And lastly, if you are just interested in a short 3 minute vid explaining the design process/how i came up with the idea, here is that one:
I'm working like mad trying to finish the last heron, and the archway, and get all the mounting hardware prepared in time for the installation at the end of the month.  

Let me know what you guys think.  I am still trying to get a feel for if these videos are interesting to you guys or what, so please comment.  :) 

Late breaking news-- setback-- UGH!  The powdercoater, after having this job on their books for over a year, and then sitting on my 3 deer for weeks, informed me yesterday, 3 weeks before my deadline, that they didn't think they could coat the inside properly.  WHAAAAAATTTT????

Live and learn-- Lesson 1; Do not assume people will follow through.  Bug them.  Incessantly.  Lesson 2;  Never use this powdercoater again.  Ever.

I had to go get the deer back and am supposed to cut removable access panels in them all today, but am frantically trying to shop dip-coaters now too, a process i wasn't aware existed until last night, and from what I glean online, will probably be cost prohibitive, but otherwise ideal.  

Complications.  It is the suck.   

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Commissions; Same difference? (Not really)

Hey Everyone. 
This week it's all about commissions.  Someone asked what the difference is between working on a commission v.s. a *regular* piece of art, so I did a new video on that.  In the vid I talk about how sometimes the commission process has forced me to push my boundaries art-wise.  Here are some examples you'll only find here on the blog.

When HCMC hired me to create a piece for their 8th street entrance, the space (inside a revolving glass door) was challenging, and so were their parameters; something with a ~healing vibe~, no human forms, something cross cultural, preferably abstract.  I came up with several 3D shapes and this was selected.

But to make the most of the space I knew I needed to incorporate color and make use of the natural light.  This meant teaching myself stained glass and creating a number of panels to fit within the steel sculpture.  A cool result of being pushed a new direction.

This piece for a client had me learning about the use of negative space in Asian artwork, along with a blacksmithing technique to create the joints of the bamboo.  I had to figure out a way to mount the piece on the client's home that would protect their siding too.  A handy thing to know now.

This piece, for the same clients, came out really nice I thought, but they pointed out (and rightly so) that real birch trees have darker spots on the bark too...

I was very nervous about trying this, but decided to try singeing the painted steel.  It came out awesome and they loved the result.

Working directly for a client does have a different ~feel~ than free-wheeling it, and in the video I explain a bit more about that, as well as some other differences.

You can click the button on the lower right to make it big, or click youtube to watch on youtube in a slightly bigger format.  Thanks-- keep the questions coming.  :)