Saturday, June 25, 2016


This week has been spent putting the final touches on the sculptural pieces for the landscape exhibit. The exhibit will be at the TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine, NC from July 16-August 13.  The three sculptures along with 14 framed wall works are now completed.  An inventory sheet is ready for the gallery and our group of four artists is ready for set-up on July 12.

 "Chamber"  Lori LaBerge  2016

The embellishments were added.  Threads were stitched randomly along with metal parts and beads. 

Close-up -- "Chamber"

 "Sanctuary" , Lori LaBerge  2016

Threads were added to "Sanctuary" and the piece was stitched in place.  The threads add a bit of mystery to the work.

 Close-up -- "Sanctuary"

 "Mother Nature and Child",  Lori LaBerge  2016

Loose threads were also added to the bottom of this work.  The heavier use of metal along with bold colors show the strength of nature.

Close-up -- ''Mother Nature and Child"

It is interesting to see what happens when you view art up close.  Where does the interest lie?  How is it different from viewing at a distance? 

Saturday, June 18, 2016


"Chamber" in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2016.  Rug hooked upholstery, industrial felt, metal, yarn

The deck was the perfect place to work this week as the weather was beautiful when we returned from Vermont.  Lately we've had a black bear, deer, baby turkeys and a variety of colorful birds in the field. We've also been keeping an eye on our local raccoon as she is expecting little ones soon.

"Chamber" is beginning to take shape.  I am again allowing for the natural drape of the industrial felt.  

A close-up shows the variety of ways materials are being manipulated.

There were two questions I was asked repeatedly during the studio tour.  The first was how I decide on what to place in the sculpture pieces.  While I plan out the general design of a piece, I do not plan out embellishments.  They tend to evolve as the work progresses.  The studio is stocked with a good variety of metal and yarns to choose from.  

I tend to place various metal pieces on the work to see what works aesthetically.  The number, size and color is taken into account.  I work in a subtraction method by placing a ton of items on the piece and taking some away until what is left looks right for the size of the work.  This gives me plenty of choices rather than constantly having to grab something from the shelf.  This does not mean that other items may not be added later.  

Fishing sinkers and chain painted and waiting to be stitched to the work.

The second question was how I know when a work is done.  I think this is subjective. The mistake I most often see with beginners is work being overdone.  Focusing on one thought or making more than one piece for multiple thoughts can prevent this. 

When I feel that adding anything else will detract from the work or overpower it, I know it is time to stop.  I look at composition to see if any changes need to be made. Does anything look off balance?  Is there enough variety of shape or is the piece intentionally repetitive? Do colors and values work? 

Is the point of the piece getting across?  This is more for me than the viewer.  The viewer may get something totally different from the work than I do.  More often than not, people look at my work and see something I hadn't thought of before.  That is when I really enjoy the individuality of art.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Sculptural work in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2016

This will be the third out of four sculptural works to be shown July-August and will deal with a water theme.  The rug hooked portion above will be the base.  I added yarn and am just beginning to fray it around the edges.  The metal screws will hold the felted section.

Industrial felt was cut and manipulated with metal into a teardrop shape.

The felt was temporarily placed to get a feel for the final outcome.  Two longer metal rods will be placed through the felt later on.  Yarns and threads will be stitched on the inside and outside of the felt.

On the reading front I ordered a book of art fiction to read while on the road.

I can't wait to get started on this one.  It is about a woman who forges a painting, later becomes a curator and finds out her forgery and the original work are on their way to an exhibit she is curating.  The plot thickens!

Saturday, June 4, 2016


One of four sections of "Directions" in progress

I decided to start on a grouping of smaller pieces to work on during the studio tour this weekend.  "Directions" will consist of one design repeated in four different colors. Each section will be 10" X10".  Metal will be added later.

Each of the four sections will face a different direction.  When placed in position the right hand side pieces in the plan above will be reversed.

Here's a view of the gallery right before the tour started.  I have met quilters, rug hookers, art lovers and many other wonderful people so far.

Wool on the shelves, much neater than last week.

Enjoy sharing your art, hobbies or other endeavors with others and have a great day.