Before introducing That Was Then, This is Now, I'd like to briefly highlight a couple other collaborative efforts. When I started my bottle cap art series, a lovely artist name Anne Huskey discovered my blog and left a comment and I went on a happy blog hop. When I joined Anne's merry blog group, she was working on a joint commission with her friend Tristan to create a stole for a young minister. It was an amazing endeavor, two artists crossing the miles to create a stunning piece of wearable art. The picture to the left is a Bargello quilt created by Tristan. Anne describes the process (sometimes scary, mostly fun) of converting this work of art into a stole.
This is Anne's work in progress. (Please note that I had Anne's permission to post these pictures for this article. Please do not repost these pictures without her permission) I won't spoil Anne and Tristan's big reveal, I let you go on a blog walk of your own. They posted about this process January and February of 2010 and the picture of the young man wearing their creation is worth the journey and hunt through their archives.
Types of Collaboration
I choose to focus my upcoming article on artwork that stood on it's on in each artist's shop. However, they're are many, many forms of collaboration, some with direct input from both artists, some indirect, and many with a tenuous connection at most.
Supplier to Artist -- This is, perhaps, the most common collaboration and one that you might not consider. However, great suppliers are very much in tune with the artist community, continually creating products that help the artist enhance their work. There are many examples of suppliers and artists working together to create new tools and products to fulfill the artist's vision.
Art Supplier to Artist -- I wasn't sure how to title this collaboration but anyone who has a great relationship with a lampwork glass artist will know what I mean. Marsha partnered with Hannah to create this lovely chapeau for Convergence II. Hannah's orchid cannot be called a "supply" it just doesn't fit. It's a work of art that beaders around the world covet, collect, horde, and sometimes use in their fabulous creations like Marsha did here. I encourage you to visit Marsha's blog for more on this collaboration, it will literally bring you to tears.
Artist to Artist -- You'll find many examples of artwork in this category. Marsh/Hannah's and Anne/Tristen's efforts fall into this category as well. In this type of collaboration each person works on the end piece either separately or together (e.g. book illustrators with authors). Each artist brings a unique skill to the creation. I was fortunate to find a teammate whose work touched all of these categories and shows the progression of artwork.
In this example (disclaimer, the stones are different, these have sold as fast as they are made) LostSierra's lovely cabochon is transformed into a brooch by Glimmerstone, who in turn, provides beaded cabochons to MoreOutoftheOrdinary who uses them on her fabulous bags. A full cycle of artwork awaits the new owner of these bags.
Of course there are many other examples and I encourage you to look for them, some are apparent and some are hidden but it's worth really looking at what goes into the artwork you see. For me, I'm anxious to get to the meat of what started me on this journey, but alas, that will await my next posting. I'll give my poor suffering readers a chance to digest this article and peruse the blogs I recommended. It will be worth the wait (and blog hop), I promise you.
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