Sometimes I get great rushes of ideas, other times I can ponder one idea for months. Lately I've been thinking about moving into connecting tin with tabs, or with wire. This came from an a dream where there was a tin quilt that looked like it was melting. Rather than create the entire piece only a portion was put together.
Sometimes a rivet is good and other times I don't want to see it. This is done with slot and tab. I rather like it and want to expand on this idea.
While driving home across the Frist Avenue Bridge a big truck passed me. My window was down and I found myself listening for the sound of chains rattling. Then I wondered what the chains on semis were for. Then I thought about how strong chains are, yet flexible . Next I wondered if I could make chains out of tin. Strips could be cut and then they would have to join some how. Eyelets? Too impractical. Flaps that pinch the ends together, nope. Tab and slot? YES!
Thinking about how to improve them. Cutting the strips uniform lengths then using a wooden dowel to make them more round would work. Hum, so much to think about.
So the shed is emptied and now the real work begins. Sorting and flattening the tin before the rain comes. It's a puzzle for my brain when it comes to sorting the tin. Separating it into colors is easy. A red bin, a green bin , no problem.
It's when there is a purple plaid with pink roses that my mind short circuits.Does it go in a purple bin? A bin with flowers or one with plaid. It's really hard to decide.
Andrew Keating won the Juror's Award. Two Juror's Accommodations were given, one to Randy Long and another to Jay Hendrick. The People's Choice award will continue to be voted on until the end of the show.
There is way more going on here than can be taken in with one photograph. Luckily there are multiple images to peruse. This tin artwork was created for Dave's good friend who lives in Holland. To see this image in a larger format just click on it. Can you find all six frogs?How many inscets can you find? Notice the detail stamped into the tin. Look at the glass eyes that were added to the tin toy frog coming out of the can. See the texture that was added to the metal that makes up the grassy area. Measures 13wide 16''x 13'' x8''.
This is such a brilliant tin work! To see even more images scroll down to next post.
Harriete Estel Burman, Robert Villamagna, Ross Palmer Beecher, Kathy Ross, Dave Yoas,David Wasserman,Bobby Hanson,Jeri Moe, Opie and Linda O'Brien, Chris Giffin,Nia Michaels, Deborah Paul,Mimi Calahan,Loran Scruggs,William Herberholz,Tony Berlant,David Buckingham,and Rand Calson. All these tinsmith's websites can be found by clicking here.
Click on image to enlarge. Notice how the image of the woman can change by the jar lid swiveling around. To really get all the details it must be viewed close up. This piece is hanging in Dave's kitchen. See more of this piece by scrolling down to next post.
Looking down over Dave's lamp at one of his work tables. This is where Dave does his detail work, I'm pretty sure. There are so many little goodies to see. Little tin treasures that look like they have sprung from a treasure chest and stuck where they landed. Click on the image to enlarge it for better viewing.
It's so exciting to be in Dave's studio garage. Everywhere you look there is something fun for your eyes to see, whether it's tin lunch boxes hanging from the ceiling or Mexican beer trays or cheese cake girl advertising or shelves with boxes full of tin that have been organized for future projects. Seeing Dave's current project is one of my favorite things about being there. It's so fun to see what he's working on and hear about where the piece is going. Dave is very generous and non-competitive about sharing information on the tools, techniques and tin he uses. He's also very modest, calling his studio just a garage and saying he isn't an artist he's just a garage guy. Mind blowing, I know. It's a rare quality these days for someone to be such a fine craftsman and to be so humble. You won't find a website for him (yet?) or even a Face Book Page.He doesn't sell his work and only shows it at a couple venues once a year.
It's not just Dave's work space that is glorious but his home as well. Full of his gallery worthy ceramic work , tin work and collection of other tinsmith's work.
Dave is that rare undiscovered jewel of an artist garage guy. Oh and did I mention that he has taught himself how to do what he does? Even more mind bending.
Click on Dave Yoas from the categories on the right to see some snapshots of Dave's work.
A few Sundays ago Kerrie D. and I took a workshop in working with resin. It was at Pratt Fine Arts Center here in Seattle and it was taught by Anne Randall ( a very knowledgeable and oh so very excellent instructor). Tin has it's limitations and I have pretty much been a purest in that regard, working only with the metals I can find. Now the resin will allow me to add elements I can't find in tin and will expand the visual impact of my work when it's incorporated.
This is the first ratchet screwdriver I've ever bought. I love it so far. Used it just a few minutes ago to put some screws in some plywood. It worked beautifully and for once I didn't strip the heads, not sure if the 2 are related or not.
Dave Yoas is a fountain of tin working knowledge, in fact he could write the book on it if he chose to. He's self taught and has been fearlessly working in tin for years. Dave's creations are mind boggling complex, humorous (if not just flat out hilarious), provocative and intelligent. He shows his work once a year at the Marin County Fair in the SF Bay Area (He's won numerous awards). He doesn't sell his work, he doesn't have a website or even a Tumbler, he has no web presence besides the few pieces I have shown here on this blog. Which is quite unusual in this time of Face Book and all the other ways there are to say " HEY LOOK AT WHAT I CAN DO!" online.
I met Dave as a result of his purchasing a tin piece of mine (he has a nice collection of tin work by various other tinsmiths). He mentioned in an email that he did some tin work as well. Being the cynic that I am, I had the thought of "Oh dear, I bet it's going to be bad" Boy was I ever wrong! So we started emailing a little, then eventually started talking on the phone. Dave lives in a neighboring town to where I grew up and we discovered we have people in common. I've been to his place a couple of times and have seen his work up close. It's overwhelming in a good way.
Dave is generous with information he has learned and we have conversations about problem solving from time to time. One of the juicy tidbits he has shared with me, is the use of rubber bumpers on the back of the tin work. The bumpers make the plywood stand out evenly from the wall and keep it from shifting. This is brilliant! I just did this for the first time and am blown away by how ingenious this is. I used longer screws than what they give you in the package. If you are so inclined to try this you will find the bumpers at your local hardware store. Cost is less than 2 dollars for 4. Thanks Dave Yoas, you're the tops!
My Dreamboat gave me some new tools this morning for Easter. The Tekton is great for cutting through thick rims, like on trays. The Bostitch is great for cutting through the rest of the way on thicker tin, however it does leave tooth marks so you'll have to use your detail snips to clean up the edges.