Oh Rebecca


37 minutes with Sandra Bilawich

In 37 minutes with Sandra Bilawich, I view her shop in the beautiful rough hewn urban industrial setting of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

I like women who like to work, weld and express their life and art through working with stone and metal. Attentive to the telling of whatever the material asks while listening to mathematical formulas, applying endless experimentation with knowledge of how materials will behave helps complete an artwork, its no small endeavour.

I say goodbye and thank her for allowing me to intrude upon her work schedule.

I ask myself again: What do welding and mothering have in common?

In welding there are predictable outcomes and results. In mothering — Is it a crap shoot or an act of faith?

The common element in the two endeavors are this:  the intent is to join and form a strong bond between the two sides which first have to be prepared for joining.

The beautiful thing is that I remember the sound and taste of metal, to this end I let it lead me to the place I have waited to see for a long time, it was taken three lifetimes to arrive here

—I [will] keep the faith as Sandra said upon parting.

It is all the same to me

Blue Star Iron Pour from Mark & Angela Walley on Vimeo.

It had been a while since I had checked in. This beauty of a Vimeo Video awaited me by Mark and Angela Walley.

It is all the same to me. I am in the background watching with bated breath, the pour. Fire refines and casts a shape that cannot be easily changed until the flame is lit again.

Thy dangerous flame I miss

Thy heat is long felt and broken upon my skin

My only hope is that one day

Thy fire, water, earth will mix with wind

To produce my felt desire to be with you

Open Studios is Opening

Open studios is a few weeks away and I look forward to seeing you!

I’ve been working hard finishing new pieces. In the picture below I am grinding one of my sculptures that will be ready just in time for the show.

Fall Open Studios 2010

Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31, 11am – 6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 29, 6pm – 9pm

Islais Creek Studios
One Rankin Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Islais Creek Studios has plenty of free parking and is conveniently located near 101 and 280 freeways and the Muni T Third.

Directions: Map of One Rankin Street

Several other artists at Islais Creek Studios will also be opening their studios and exhibiting their work. Metal sculpture, stone sculpture,
mixed media, painting, photography and more.

Hunters Point Shipyard will also have open studios on Saturday and Sunday. Visit over 150 artist studios in both locations. Come by Islais Creek Studios on your way to the Shipyard, located only five minutes away. Both locations have plenty of free parking. Part of ArtSpan’s San Francisco Open Studios: www.artspan.org

Best regards,

Rebecca Fox
metal sculpture

word sculpture

Art artist community hope

Industrial Lulu Island

Metal Mother ~ Steveston Trade

welder welding

~ women work

Elaborate sculptures

….filled the horizon. It was early dawn, I had waited for this moment for many moons. Geometrical shapes contrasted with the soft flow of the horizon, did not end.

A dubious desert, full of prickly pear shrubbery coaxed danger in the form of — the javalina.

Hhh, don’t pronounce the Jjj.

His snout was low to the dust looking for luscious spiny fruit….


the door

till you can’t no more

push pull shove

but only from above

be naughty not nice

cuz you don’t live twice

live to tell a story

bask in all its glory

remember your heart

there is not better time

than now

even if the cleanup after

takes a little longer

in the end you know

you’ll be stronger

trust me

trust you

and put your

shoes on

paint your way

to heaven

Ill sculpt mine

‘cuz ev’ry little thing

will be just fine