Saturday, May 2, is Tape Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota
From 12:00 - 4:00 I will be demonstrating tape sculpture techniques, and showing some of my tape sculptures.
Animals, bowls, masks, and my large scale Chinese dragon will be on display.
It's been a lot of fun getting ready for this show. Tape definitely has its limitations as a sculpture material--but there's also a lot you can create from a basic, flat, adhesive strap.
...is a pretty big deal here in Minnesota. We have it now. The blossoms in my yard are there to show me that. But, yes, there was a scattering of horizontally driven snow today just to remind us: this year we have it good.
I redid my webpages today. Partially in honor of the day, partially because... these pages remain lamentable hand-made, and once the html gets a bit loony, there's no going back.
So--green, at least for now. On these pages and out my window.
The Science Museum of Minnesota is running a wonderful exhibit titled Tapescape, from now until May 10. Tapescape, sponsored by 3M (who donated all the tape products used) is both a wonderful play structure and an opportunity to create sculptures with all-the-tape-you-could-ask-for.
Tapescape is the brainchild of artist/architect Eric Lennartson, who is having the fun that a good artist deserves, installing these structures in science museums across the country. The exhibit uses math and engineering to give shapes to its art (many of the shapes in TapeScape are 3D mathematical forms like parabolas, circles, and ellipses).
For me, after a jaunt through the tubes, the real attraction was the building table. Anyone can stop by and build a sculpture out of tape--to take home, or donate to the weekly collaborative sculpture. This is pretty much my definition of a heavenly way to spend a Saturday afternoon...
Sites I recommend
These ones are maintained by long-time personal friends.
is a consummate artist. There are so many images to enjoy on this site. His carved wooden long-leaf red pine Rhinoceros (which he made for me when I was ~11 years old) is a personal favorite.
Is the U.K. based caving gear store run by serious hard-ass Tony Seddon. This link goes to the 'caves' section of the store's site--complete with alarming portrait photo of Tony ("After 7 days underground and 700m prussiking").
The Oxford University
Maintained by Steve Roberts, a guy who is extraordinary in so many ways, I'll just limit myself here to saying "Steve is a man who knows about motors."
John Bedell is an archaeologist, historian, and father of five living in Maryland. His blog is a fascinating grab-bag of historical, artistic, and political materials. This entry about work and leisure gives a good example of his voice.
This is Liz Manicatide (now Liz LaManche), principal at Emphasis Creative's personal art & graphics site. I love Liz's work, panache, and aerial artistry, which leads me to-
Flying Squirrel Consortium
Phil Servita's site, and the place to go for custom fabricated circus equipment (either freestanding or fixed point), and aerial classes, if you happen to live in the area.
Paul's site is... unique, authentic, & expressive, and pretty much exactly what I think of when I think of a website as an artform.
Metro Bikes Trails Guide
(St. Paul, MN)
"Reviews and Reports on over 70 bicycle paths in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area!"
Maintained by the tireless Seamus Flynn, and a great little site for those local to the Twin Cities area.
I enjoy the Ukrainian/Russian artisanship on this website.
Sites I enjoy
I don't know these people, but I appreciate their work.
What's That Bug?
The title says it all. A useful site for both the non-bug-phobic & the consummate bug-phobe.
Margaret & Helen
Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting…
I'm not a grandmother (or raging!), but I appreciate this site. Especially the fact-checking part.