Aluminum

Aluminum at the Design Museum

Here is teeny tiny writing but worth the read, since it gives a little background history and who took pains to design with it.

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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.

Post 50 RrDh 042811

Random reality strikes when you least expect

An artist at the Blue Canoe watched cbc

A celebration televised Danielle Hebert …. there she was, dirty and drenched from riding her BMW bike named ‘Beowulf’ every day all over the lower mainland. A discovery in her Dreams of fish and fishing on the Fraser River at Garry Pt was where history hit her square between the eyes and this became her inspiration on Lulu Island.

There, remnants of metal, money and music deepened into a mystery akin to nature

New Westminster would play a leading role and a potato from Richmond of all things! She reckoned society was ignorant of her sons while she traveled on the bus reading Steig Larsson’s, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Steveston was far away. She gazed out the window noticing the industrial landscape and laughed ….

Amidst Tubular and oddly shaped scrap metal she saw a unicyle beside a vegetable pile, close to WA Farms yet so far from the Wetlands.

Next up:

Feature Story: Amy J. Steele, Metal Artist….Coming Soon….

Womanwelder

On my way to piabschool for an intro to plumbing, gasfitting, steamfitting, sprinkler fitting and welding. It is an intro to the intro of the beginning of the beginning! I have lots to learn but am looking forward to new challenges. All I asked was the door be opened and so it has a crack! What lay ahead only providence knows….

CSL Files 217 [2.09] Industrial Diner

Upon arrival within the space of a few minutes Sienna and Kate were sitting at their favorite Diner on an Industrial Island sipping bad coffee in china they loved that was indestructible.

Sienna read Real Estate Weekly but put it aside in favour of Margaret Visser’s “The Rituals of Dinner”.

Kate had just finished chapter two of  Thomas Szasz’s “My Madness Saved Me” and glanced out the front window taking in Szasz’s forceful statement:

‘Virginia Woolf was a victim of neither mental illness, nor psychiatry, nor her husband—three ways she is regularly portrayed. Instead, she was an intelligent and self-assertive person, a moral agent who used mental illness, psychiatry and her husband to fashion for herself a life of her own choosing.’

The sea will drum in my ears. The white petals will be darkened with sea water. They will float for a moment and then sink. Rolling me over the waves will shoulder me under. Everything falls in a tremendous shower, dissolving me. --Virginia Woolf, The Waves

For the few who dared take pleasure in an Island that boasted concrete production and education to those going into the piping industry, it was a cornucopia of industrial delights.

Sienna brought her camera and was determined to capture shots that were full of texture and 256 shades of grey she had learned about in her class, ‘Elementary Concepts of Graphic Design’.

Time was running short so they hurried from the Diner and took their bikes down to the river. There she swooned with a kind of ecstasy, Kate smiled to watch her take pleasure in Industry and trade.

….Geepers, I’ll be wrapping my mind around copper piping; the joining, preparation and care of it, how wacky is that? thought Kate

Metal excited her and she recalled late into the night a subtle metallic taste that lingered in her mouth usually after reading, A Liger’s Tale by Rhea Phoenix.

“When you are ready I’ll go with you, I’m here for you” said Sienna

“I know…” Kate replied as she admired Sienna’s stately amazon like figure.

Her elegant beauty made Kate heady. They couldn’t be more different in stature yet their passion for art, industry and trade brought a visceral excitement, a revelation that caused them to lose track of time when they reminisced over steel, the effects of weather on metal, every manner of and hue of rust—a natural patina that magically and invisibly developed in the dead stillness of nights long gone.

Kate smiled at Sienna recalling her clad in fashionable clothes from the ’80’s as she prepared to visit real estate clients. She would build her professional relationships on her own terms and make art because in her heart lay a child like trust. It was this she listened to and followed, the evidence of it lay in her determination that was as tall as the stature she boasted.

“Let’s go, we have a long ways back to Lulu” said Kate

“Ready” smiled Sienna

Mounting their bikes they found their way back from one Island to another with little trouble and traffic. Flat out riding on concrete they bore down on a beaten highway designed for diesel dykes since they were the ones who could take the heat alone, embodying the strength and wisdom of the Valkyries. They arrived in good time. Sienna pulled in to the driveway and ran into the house to find Gary lounging in a chair in his study with a cocktail in hand.

“Well how’d it go….I hope you took way too many pictures because you know I’ll be ruthless with you” he said affectionately as he kissed her mouth

“Of course hon, as usual I was beguiled. Kate is on her way and I’m excited for her and proud since she left the physics gig behind, she’s moving forward with her art riding the precarious vein of her closest sentiment” said Sienna

“Ah….that’s why I love you, you pull at my heart-strings with words so fine” Gary drew her towards him and she fell into a momentary spell as he caressed the nape of her long neck.

Kate was glad she got back to the studio in the early evening, so she could take in the last light of day. Approaching the entry way of the building she looked down to find a turtle on the concrete struggling half digging itself into the soil. Her memory was jogged, Roberto she thought suddenly….it won’t be long now until the desolation passes. She picked up the turtle and lay it next to the Richmond ditch.

She entered the studio and logged on to find the latest On the road post.

Danielle, it’s all going accordingly, you are finding your way….I knew you would

She walked out onto the balcony with a glass of white wine, the mountains of Vancouver Island were deep indigo blue, the water below, sea grass green—vivid serene colours washed through her with a hope brought on by deep consolation. Looking into the ditch below she pulled out her binoculars to search for the turtle. Surprisingly it still lay there until slowly it moved into the swampy water and disappeared under the surface.