As you may remember I decided to make my goal for 2023 to try to create daily with a focus on process. I also for the month of January made this the focus of my School for Arts Leaders Capstone project. I am enjoying this so much and absolutely love just letting the art lead me, rather than having an end product in mind. I am working in a lot of mixed media on the weekends and focusing on small sketch works on weekdays when I am more tired following a full day of teaching. Here are a few of my favorite images from what I have created thus far.
Author: April Malphurs
Leaning into Process
2023 goals: Create daily. Focus on the process. Allow for innovation and creativity.
National Honey Bee Day!
August 20 This occasion seems perfect to hold a promotional of my bee-themed glass art. For each piece sold, I will make a 5% donation to Pollinate Minnesota to help support the bees.
National Honey Bee Day – August 20
How did my obsession with bees start? I have always loved flower gardens and when I planned my garden in MN, my girls were young and I wanted to include plants that would draw butterflies and bees for us to observe. In recent years, the need to grow plants to help bees has become more evident and we are working to replace our grass with clover. About 5 years ago, during a very long, cold Minnesota winter, I started looking up exotic, tropical flowers on the internet to take my mind off the cold. They were incredible and looked like plants from another world. I was inspired and began sketching out fantasy florals out of glass.
When I completed my first one, I took it outside to photograph in the natural sunlight. A little bee kept photobombing my work and I thought, “Not bad, the bees approve!” That started my fascination with bees and I started looking at hives and honeycombs. I experimented with pouring hot glass and texturing it to create glass honeycombs and eventually, I added blown honey pots to the series.
If you are interested in purchasing any of my honeybee items, please email me at email@example.com I will create a custom piece for you in the style you select from the photos below. For each item sold, I will make a 5% donation to Pollinate Minnesota, an organization working toward a better Minnesota for pollinators and people through experiential education, advocacy, and policy change.
She likes the Bees
I spent this past week in Savanah, GA at the SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) Educator Forum. I took two workshops that really pushed my skills in new directions. The first was a digital fabrication, coding, and LED lighting (finished image coming soon) and the second was projection mapping. Anyone who has talked to me a lot about my work knows that I have visions of a full-room glass installation. I selected these workshops as I wanted to know how the technology could work with my glass work for an installation. My mind is whirling with ideas!
I am taking a fibers course through The Art of Education University as I wanted to learn more to apply to my multi-media pieces. Here is my first process board – weaving.