Friday, October 31, 2008

Need a weekend project?

Check out ReadyMade for some great ideas!  Here are some of my favorites and they're super easy, quick, and awesome!

All photos and ideas are from

Monday, October 27, 2008

Act/React Interactive Art

Everyone should check out the Act/React Exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum on display now! Check out the website to get more info and a taste of what you'll see.

"This first-of-its-kind exhibition presents installation artwork dependent upon and subject to the intuitive and nontechnical physical actions of the visitor. Among the works featured are talking tables, virtual snowstorms, and glowing pools of organic patterns by artists Janet Cardiff, Brian Knep, Liz Phillips, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet Andrea 'Andie' Hunley!

27 years old
Ceramics Major, Senior(ish)
Ceramics Area Manager & Kelley in training @ the SACC

Bands: I love, love, love music...some favs: Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Rolling Stones, Sufjan Stevens...mucho mas!
Food: Sushi from Izumi's
Hang-out spot: Comet
Class/teacher: hmmm...many
Favorite medium: Clay

What do you do in your spare time? If I go out: dance, go to concerts, art shows, meet w/friends. If I stay in: watch films, make things, make things while watching films...
Why are you a Ceramics major? Ceramics satisfies my infinite nature on all levels.
Useful tips: Practice, practice, practice. Ceramics are a fine mix of engineer, mad scientist, and mud-pie loving's in the blood. Ceramics takes a lot of work...some people just make it look easy.
Best tool: My hands...and my brain.

The plan once you graduate? Grad. school
What do you like the SACC? I really appreciate Kaarin's my little ponies dappled around the studio...seriously. Okay, I also love that the SACC is ALIVE! It is truly a creative space w/awesome employee!
Why do you work at the SACC? R u kidding?!? Great people, great space, great fun! It is great to be part of an artist's community with so many people exploring different processes.

Ceramics Resources:
Ceramic Arts Dailly
Sculptural Ceramics Artists Links

Friday, October 17, 2008

Becky Tesch on Gallery Night

Becky Tesch works with old bicycle parts and found objects to create wearable, fashionable accessories. Her work can be found at

Hear what Becky has to say about gallery night this weekend! "Hear what Becky Tesch, of HGA architects, suggested would be good events to hit for Gallery Night. Her picks include the Nohl show at Inova, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Becky also filled me in on a show she's helping to organize at HGA. More on that in a coming blog post."--Mary Louise Schumacher, Art City

Becky Tesch will be instructing our Hot Cuffs Workshop!
Saturday, November 8th
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Learn to make high fashion cuff bracelets out of garbage! Upcycling is a great way to make yourself more fashion savvy on the cheap! Used bicycle inner tubes will be used to make simple, but hot, cuffs.

UWM Students: $25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30
Community members: $35

Photo of Becky from

Monday, October 13, 2008

Classes & Workshops @ the SACC

Session 2 of classes is coming up quick so grab a spot a.s.a.p!

Screen Printing
Ceramics: Home Sweet Home

Workshops are also filling up fast!

Accessories & Embellishments
Hot Cuffs
Intro to Embroidery & Surface Design
Pewter Casting
Experimental Enameling
Raku Workshop

For details, prices, & dates, check out the official SACC website.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Meet Kaarin Swan!

24 years old
Art Education & Art History major @ UWM (I'm going on the better part of a decade)
Operations Manager @ the SACC

Band: The Who
Song: "Under Pressure" by Bowie
Food: Cheerios
Restaurant: Botanas
Hang-out spot: My couch
Class/teacher: Jewelry classes w/Frankie Flood & Jen Harris--they are amazing!
Favorite medium: Everything!

What do you do in your spare time? I watch 90210 and stare at Luke Perry.
Why are you an Art Ed. major? So that I can teach awesome kids about art!
Useful tips: Don't sketch. Plan in 3D!
Useful tool: The laser cutter in the architecture building on campus.
The plan once you graduate? Find a job & get a super cute puppy.
What do you like the SACC? It is always there for me!
Why do you work at the SACC? Because I love art & making it!

Words of wisdom: Don't listen to people who tell you that you can't make pretty art...they are liars!

Check out Kaarin's flickr site for some of her photography work and photos of other work!

October Gallery Night in Milwaukee

Gallery Night takes place in the Historic Third Ward and downtown Milwaukee area featuring 64 venues October 17th & 18th.  

To check out the participant list, click here.

For a printable event map, click here.

Don't forget to check out the PSOA calendar of events for more events, artists' talks, galleries, and more.

The Post Secret event was a success!

Frank Warren, creator of Post Secrets, came to the UWM campus last night to share his journey with us.  The lecture sold out and students made over 100 post secret cards here at the SACC to display in the Union.  If you missed it, check out the photos!  The gallery is also still up on the first floor of the Union outside of the UWM Bookstore.

The post secret gallery right after Frank's lecture let out:

The postcards up close & personal (click to enlarge the images):

Experimental Enameling

Saturday, November 1
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Breaking with tradition this workshop will focus on manipulating the tools and materials in new ways to yield unique and beautiful works of art. Workshop will focus on torch firing techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to make a one of a kind pendant. pair of earrings or ring. All supplies included!

Instructor: Kaarin Swan (items in photo were made by Kaarin)
UWM Students:  $30 
Faculty, staff, alumni:  $35 
Community members:  $40

Monday, October 6, 2008

Faythe Levine

The Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) at the UWM Peck School of the Arts opens an exhibition of work by the seven artists, including Faythe Levine, who received Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists in 2007.

When:  Friday, October 10, 2008; reception 6-9pm; gallery talk at 6:30pm
Where:  Inova/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Check out for more info on the artists and events.

As listed in the Oct. 7th blog post, Faythe Levine will be speaking in the UWM Union on Nov. 17th and in preparation, the SACC is offering 2 Craftivism workshops:
Hot Cuffs Workshop
Intro to Embroidery & Surface Design Workshop

Friday, October 3, 2008

Upcoming events in October!

Tomorrow: Fitting Your Britches
Saturday, October 4
12:30pm to 3pm

Want a pair of designer jeans? Than YOU be the engineer! Learn how pants are patterned and explore techniques to change your unfit flannels into gorgeous gauchos, funny flairs into streamline seams, or high risers into low-riders.

Instructor: Vanessa Andrew
UWM Students:$ 25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30
Community members: $35

The second session of classes will start at the end of October so sign up now to reserve your spot!

Classes Include:
Illustration with
Vanessa Andrew (check out this article on Vanessa)
Home Sweet Home Ceramics with ceramic artist Katheryn Corbin
Screen Printing with Kaarin Swan
Casting with Frank Mueller & Kaarin Swan

Classes run 5 weeks and include a free membership for the duration of the class! And everyone can take them, you don't have to be a student to enjoy the SACC!

Check back soon for an update the great turnout for the Post Secret Event and Frank Warren's visit!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Craftivism Workshops in November!

To get everyone ready for Craftivist Faythe Levine's talk at the UWM Union on November 17, the Studio Arts and Craft Centre will host a workshop series highlighting the work of local crafters and activists!

Faythe Levine Crafting Your Life: Constructing a Creative DIY Community
Milwaukee, WI

Artist and organizer Faythe Levine, a 2007 recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, talks about craft, activism and community--from your home, to the gallery, and into the street. Levine will examine local and national Do-It-Yourself movements, consider the role of DIY in arts-based initiatives, and engage you in a discussion of alternative ways to structure your life, create community and use your creative skills for personal exploration or direct action.

Becky Tesch works with old bicycle parts and found objects to create wearable, fashionable accessories. Her work can be found at  Becky was also on HGTV creating duct tape purses!

Hot Cuffs Workshop
Saturday, November 8th 
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Learn to make high fashion cuff bracelets out of garbage! Upcycling is a great way to make yourself more fashion savvy on the cheap! Used bicycle inner tubes will be used to make simple, but hot, cuffs.

Instructor: Becky Tesch
UWM Students: $25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30 
Community members: $35 

Cortney Heimerl is the assistant producer and co-author of the forthcoming documentary and book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design.For more information on the film, visit

Intro to Embroidery and Surface Design Workshop 
Saturday, November 15

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, November 8th This class will guide you step-by-step through the process of embellishing fabric surfaces.  Learn basic embroidery stitches and appliqué techniques to create captivating collages through fiber. 

Instructor: Cortney Heimerl
UWM Students: $25 
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30 
Community members: $35

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Meet Kelley Linehan!

27 years old
Graphic Design major @ UWM
Program Manager @ the SACC

Favorite hang-out spot: SACC
What do you like about the SACC? The people
Why do you work @ the SACC? It pays the bills. Wait, it doesn't--because it is fun!
Why do you want to be a graphic designer? To save the world!
Favorite crafty equipment: New screenprinting washout sink at the SACC
Favorite medium: screenprinting, material, paper
What is the plan once you graduate? Again, to SAVE the WORLD! And design amazing things.

Visit Kelley's
flickr page to check out some of her work!

Also check out
AIGA-UWM (American Institute of Graphic Arts UWM Chapter)--"We are a passionate group of artists and designers that are interested in broadening UWM and Milwaukee's awareness of the importance of design. We aspire to build a community of inspired and resourceful designers."

Are you into typography? Check out
Helvetica (A Documentary by Gary Hustwit)-- "Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD."

You also have to check this out: