Working Table: Postcard Project & Tina’s studio

Dear Friends,

About once a month Laura and I will be posting a “working table” of what is happening in our studio work.  I will do that in the pictures below but FIRST I want to post a few pictures of this newly created hand-crafted postcard. We have been creating these postcards for the past few months as a gift to our readers and subscribers.  I am now going to be picking from our newsletter subscriber list.  You can sign up if you would like.

I have been sending antique book pages through my Epson printer to see what would happen.This process produced a “wow” from me when it came out of the printer.    Not sure how I will utilize this yet, but for now I created a postcard with a few of these prints (torn and re-assembled of course).

Postcard for Millie

A friend took this photo below.  I think the piece is finished, but  I am sitting with it awhile to see if I need to adjust anything.  Once I feel it’s done, it’s off to be professionally photographed and then out to the world.

The doors are meant to be opened by the viewer.  Inside are delicately etched pieces of glass, soil, and maps. I etched this glass with my trusty DREMEL tool.

…and in case you are wondering what the new work is about here is an excerpt from my artist statement

 …This series of work is an inquiry into how we seem to be less connected to our humanity by becoming a more developed society. Being in a historic age of science and technology, that attempts to quantify anything it can get it’s hands on, I wonder about the experiences I have that go beyond what “knowledge” can tell me. I wonder how I balance my intuitive connection with the natural world while enjoying the comfortable suburban life I am living….

This new series of work is really keeping me humming in the studio.  Any thoughts on the work or suggestions on materials, don’t be shy~ let me know by leaving a comment.

I sure appreciate you reading along.

Take care,


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5 thoughts on “Working Table: Postcard Project & Tina’s studio

  1. Dear Tina,
    Yay! I am so excited about my BEAUTIFUL postcard from you. I can’t wait to get the mail. Thank you so much for thinking of me. xo Millie

  2. Tina …
    This is such an interesting piece. For me, the simulated branches on the outside of the boxes mirror the circuit “branches” on the etched glass on the inside. Your artist statement about your balance between intuitive connection with the natural world while enjoying the comforts of suburban living made me think about a program I saw on PBS last night about how technology (computers, et al) are getting smaller and faster and more powerful. It’s possible because of a material (rather than a man-made machine), that is, silicon, a material found in nature as well as a new material graphine which is really graphite that is only one atom thick. So it is from nature that we are able to have such high-tech and fast conveniences such as computers, ipods, cell phones, digital cameras, etc. So everything in nature IS connected, even the technology we create is dependent on nature’s materials.

    It’s ironic to me that a material in nature which has revolutionized technology such that we can keep in touch with each other more easily, quickly and in numerous ways has also made (not all, but too many) seemingly numb to each other in face-to-face encounters. Is that the humanity you were referring to? It is to me. The communication technology has made many more indifferent to one-on-one encounters. The immediacy of information sharing has somehow eroded many people’s awareness or respect of one another. Again, not an absolute, but, I feel, a reality.

    Your use of the word balance, I believe, is the key. Just as nature has it’s own inherent balance, we, as part of nature must also seek our own balance opting to drink in the natural world and setting our technology aside at times in order to maintain that balance. Our intuition will tell us when that is necessary if we are tuned in to it instead of our iPod or iBook.

    As to materials I thought of for you to use, how about faceless people (no features), excerpts from Thoreau or John Muir who immersed themselves in nature and images of Gates or Steve Job who immersed themselves and us in technology. If more comes to me I’ll be sure to be in touch.

    Enjoy your journey ….

  3. Carol-
    I really want to thank you for your thoughts. I believe feedback like this is wildly rare and feel so grateful you took the time. Your comment gives me hope that the comments on a blog might actually stir up interesting conversation. This is the one area of the blog world I have criticism with. Blogs often feel like a one-way street, but you have truly made this two-way. nice.

    You reminded me that to polarize an issue is always a trap- to see an issue as this way or the other way and there is no in between. There is always an in between and a greyness to everything (which makes life all the more complicated…and beautiful). You also reminded me of the writer Gary Snyder who wrote that there is “no nature”…because we ARE nature. Just like the use of graphine and silicon, everything around us of course came from the earth somehow (will you tell me the name of the show on PBS you saw? I would like to see that). Seems like an obvious statement doesn’t it? For me, it can be easy to lose sight that everything we own is nature because I don’t have that intuitive sensory experience with my computer or my refrigerator like I do with the trees near the tidal creek. I am working through this question by creating this series of artwork….I guess I feel detached from the bigger, wider presence of the world when I am using all these technological tools and advancements. Yet, I like all these technological tools and advancements. I like my refrigerator, heater, hot shower, car, and the ability to have this conversation with you over this blog. How do we stay connected to our humanity in this time in history? By humanity I mean not only being able to have intimate relationships with other people, but also with the environment in which we live.

    I clearly have a lot to learn from the questions this artwork is bubbling up.

    Today I am going to the library to check out some books you recommended. How could I not consider John Muir, Henry Thoreau and Mary Austin when my artwork is on that same trajectory? Thanks for reminding me to look for the guidance of those who have had these same questions (and luckily had the gift of writing to express it). Now I am going to be on a search for visual artists who might be asking similar questions in their work. If you come across any, let me know.

    Again, I truly appreciate your comments Carol and I look forward to more conversations in the future.
    warmly, Tina

  4. Dear Carol & Tina~
    Thank you both for your thoughtful comments. Knowing both of you and your work I can see the commonalities you share. It is so wonderful to listen to you both and learn from your experience, knowledge, ideas, books, artists, podcasts, etc…I do love technology in that we can share this here so quickly. I too, would also love to know what PBS special you were watching Carol. For me, the face to face sharing and conversation is my personal favorite and hope we can all meet when Tina comes for a studio visit in the spring. Until then, I will look forward to sharing more here on the blog. I appreciate both of you for you for getting me thinking on a Thursday morning! xoLaura

    p.s. Tina’s work is so detailed in person. The photographs do not give this work justice!

  5. Good Morning Tina & Laura!
    Delighted to engage with you about this ladies. Your post yesterday compelled me to comment. And, yes, technology is wonderful so that we can communicate and exchange thoughts via cyberspace. I know that too much of technology and not enough of recharging in nature makes Carol a less than satisfied being however. I tend to gravitate towards the natural world and resist the world of keyboards, perhaps because in our street rod and custom car business I am at my desk virtually all day and need to recharge with hands on creativity or surrounding myself with fresh air and nature. I love to sit on the ground. It feels so right. You are right, Laura, I see that Tina and I are on parallel paths in expressing ourselves via our art. Nature is definitely in the forefront.

    Here’s the link to that Nova program, it was called Making Stuff Smaller and is well done and entertaining – not dry at all!

    Last night as I did my rituals before bed I had a thought about your quest for materials, Tina. The term touch stone came to mind and thought you could incorporate a natural touch stone in some of your pieces along with a touch pad (or simulated one) from an ipad or iphone. They both are important for keeping us in touch, but one is with nature and the other is for keeping us in touch with the greater humanity.

    Enjoy your quest. Tickled to see it unfold.
    Fondly … Carol

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