Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Upcoming events around Milwaukee

There are still a few upcoming workshops @ the SACC for the spring sememester including:

Eco-Street Art & Mud Stencils
Resin Jewelry
Melt & Pour Soap

Visit for more info and check back soon for our summer schedule with new classes, workshops, and free events.

Gallery Night & Day are coming up on April 16 & 17, don't miss it! For a list of galleries, click here.

Don't forget to stop by the Union Gallery to see the current group exhibition "Kate Brandt Pink" before the end of the week. Also stop by the Inova/Arts Center Gallery on campus between April 9th – 24th for the Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Arts MA/MFA Thesis Exhibition II.

Graduating PSOA photography students will have their final projects hanging at BYO Studio from April 16-May 7. Stop by on gallery night or anytime Thursday-Sunday.

Know of anything coming up? Leave a comment and share it!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Eco-Street Art & Mud Stencils @ the SACC

UWM student and local artist Jesse Graves is bringing street art to the Craft Centre and the timing couldn't be better as it starts to warm up out there. Check out Jesse's website for more info on mud stencils at You'll find some of his work and the work of others.

"I began stenciling with mud to put environmentally conscious messages in public spaces. I use mud or earth because it is a fundamental life-giving substance, logical for my messages. Mud stencils are an evolving medium, intended for art and social justice, not corporate advertisement," Jesse states on his website.

The SACC is hosting a 2-day workshop on April 24-25 (Saturday & Sunday) from 12:30-2:30pm each day. In this 2-day workshop students will learn about the growing movement of street art that is created with the environment in mind! We will discuss and learn to use environmentally-friendly materials and reclaimed materials to create our own street art. Topics include guerrilla gardening, moss graffiti, anti-graffiti, and mud stencils!

Sign up today by calling 414.229.5535 or dropping by the Craft Centre. Only $15 per person (students, faculty, staff, community members welcome)! A true bargain. Visit for more info on this workshop and others.

Featured Ceramics Artist: Matthew Harris

If you are familiar with the Craft Centre's own Benito Tyjeski and his sculptural work, check out the artist Matthew Harris from Boulder, Colorado. His work is currently featured in the latest issue of Ceramics Monthly and can be seen on the contemporary ceramics website

Some of his previous works include a series of statuary heads, similar to Benito's figural sculptures which also explore a variety of cultures. In the featured image, titled Bourgeois Tomb Guardian (13 x 20 x 8 inches, 2007), Harris creates a traditional head piece and gives it a modern touch by adding mixed media on some of the inner surfaces.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Paper Mountains

Have you ever created something, only to find yourself trying to explain it afterward? For me, my best ideas come when I am most relaxed and usually result from boredom but seldom end there. When you let your doodles and scribbles spark your imagination, and search for realistic ways to explain them, the result is often unique and personal. That's what I like most about the things i make, they comfort and excite me by reflecting back the things I've learned, the people I've met and places I've seen. Last week, a folded piece of paper and a pencil were my available tools, and this week my camera and photoshop helped to view my sketch in a different way. Who knows what will finally satisfy your idea, so be open to new techniques and explore possibilities, even what seems impossible.

The Craft Center can help!

SACC Clerk

P.S. I wish i could move like this cool cat

What are you waiting for?!?!

Okay, loyal readers. I know that you delight in the regular posts by SACC staff members and sometimes think to yourself "I sure wish I could work there"! Well, the good news is that you can!
The SACC employs regular staff members, i.e. Studio Assistants and managers, but we are always in search of enthusiastic instructors as well. Naturally, it takes some time and effort to craft a class or workshop, but it is truly rewarding to get paid to teach others about an art form, craft, or technique that you love!
So - when you have decided that you are ready to share your skill with others, your next step is to acquire the Instructor Application and Course Proposal Form. You can easily access this form via the SACC website under the 'Information' tab or you can retrieve a copy from one of our helpful Studio Assistants at the Studio Arts and Craft Centre. This application is designed to help you, a potential instructor, consider all of the details involved in preparing for your class or workshop including scheduling, curriculum plan, budget, and necessary tools and supplies. Our Program Manager, Kate Kopp, is available to work with you to formulate and promote a successful course.

We are waiting to hear from you... what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

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So as Nyasha and Kim have mentioned in the posts below, the SACC Screen Printing class will be starting on March 29th and running through April 26th. It usually fills up pretty fast, so if I were you I'd sign up right away. And if I weren't you, I'd still sign up right away, because this class is way cool.
If you're interested in screen printing and looking for some inspiration, I'd definitely suggest checking out these two amazing artists:

First is Minneapolis based Aesthetic Apparatus. AA got started designing and printing band posters, and have since moved into packaging and product design for all kinds of well-known companies. You can see some excellent examples of their work here:

Second are The Little Friends of Print Making, who are from our very own Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Like Aesthetic Apparatus, the Little Friends do a lot of work printing concert posters for bands. You can take a gander at their prints here:
I particularly admire the Little Friends because they have a really fantastic way of using the transparency of the screen printing ink. By taking advantage of how colors look when printed on top of each other, they can create a print that has up to nine separate colors happening while only using three colors of ink. This also cuts down on the number of screens they have to use in order to make a more complicated print, which is a good way to save time and resources.

There is also an interesting interview with them at the design blog Grain Edit, in which they discuss the process of designing one of their three-color prints. You can find that here, if you are so inclined:

So by now I expect that you are just about falling out of your seat in a excitement-about-screen-printing induced fervor, so don't waste any more time and come sign up for the SACC Screen Printing class before it's too late!
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Yours truly,

PS you guys the new White Stripes live album/documentary is coming out this week I am so excited aahhhhhhh

Monday, March 8, 2010

Get In While the Gettin's Good

As reported in the post, Closet Classics Caffeine and Clothing will be closing soon. Currently large mark downs are happening and I'd recommend shooting over there while it is still open.

For more information about when and why Closet Classics is closing, feel free to hit up the Post article here: .

I personally have found the prices to be completely reasonable, especially now during this ending sale.

As always, feel free to bring in any piece that you'd like to alter. We have functioning sewing machines within the studio and an entire fibers room at your disposal. Also if you catch me or any other staff member, we may be able to help figure out how to make whatever it is, fit just right.

If you're not into altering we also have a large selection of patterns for check out. Options range from period costumes to Vogue patterns. Come in and take a peek at the collection. =)

On a different note, I'd like to let you all know about our up-coming Screen Printing class. It runs from March 29 to April 26. Definitely not a class to miss; screen printing gives you the freedom to mark anything you've made. Use images that inspire you and wear them around or alter your bag to suit unique tastes. Take advantage of this awesome class and learn a skill you'll use for life.

Best wishes and hope the week goes well!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Many people think just because something is a painting or a bronze sculpture it is a piece of art, however, traditional materials like clay, metal and canvass are not what defines an object as art. Nathan Sawaya, based in New York, creates this large scale, amazing pieces of art with LEGOS. I saw one figurative LEGO art piece and was astonished. Once I checked out his website, I was overwhelmed with awe! I highly recommend you check out his website!!
and here is a really good blog too with nice sized images! LINK


Monday, March 1, 2010

Quick and Easy Lunch Bag

Hey guys! Finally got my blog up--- it's a quick video on how to make a handy lunch bag!

It's quick, easy and cute! Come in and give it a try!