Moth Migration Project

Moth Migration Project

I am thrilled to be partnering with Susan Martin at Some Serious Business and to release the official press kit for the Moth Migration Project. For further information, images, and interviews contact: Some Serious Business Susan Martin susan@someseriousbusiness.org.  Click here to download the MMP Press Release Kit. 

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Moth Migration Project Progress

Exhibitions, Moth Migration Project

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July 15, 2017 is finally here. That is the deadline for submission of moths for the Moth Migration Project exhibition installation at 516Arts in Albuquerque, NM. I know some late entries will come in and they will be counted, but the deadline is important for a number of reasons.

At deadline all registered artists who filled out the on-line form will:

  1. Receive their Moth Migration Certificate of Recognition postcard in the mail.
  2. Have their name, as they requested, be written acknowledged on the website,(MothMigrationProject.net), when the website is completed
  3. Have a dot with their name and the number of moths from their city listed on the website.
  4. All names will be given to 516Arts  administrators to be listed as contributors to the exhibition installation.
  5. All registered moths will travel to subsequent exhibitions over the next two years.  (yes you can still contribute for that!)

Here is a preliminary look at about 2/3 of the moth responders. Each dot represents the registrants name, not the number of people or moths. For example, the The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery  in Kent England contributed 1,894 and engaged 16 schools as well as their own arts but they are just one dot. We need to work the details on the number of people and moths from a single dot.  The site will be interactive, it is not an illustration, you will be able to click on each dot and find additional information.

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Moth Migration Project preliminary map

Links for press and information that is beginning to go out:

Susan Martin and the amazing people from Some Serious Business is doing a tremendous outreach with marketing. Click her for this project. 

Click for the ArtWeek.com listing

The FB invite for the Opening

The FB Moth Migration Group

Finally I would love to tell you the numbers, but I have not added them all up. I will do that in the coming week.

Please share this project, and artist who have already received press, please share a link to the articles! This is amazing international collaboration!

Cast Flax Paper with Jacqueline Mallegni

Exhibitions
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Cast Flax Planters and pebbles by Hilary Lorenz

“The Making of a Rock Garden”  is a cast paper and linocut installation that I am creating for the exhibition Call & Response curated by Gabriel de Guzman at Wave Hill – a public garden and cultural center in Riverdale, NY. The exhibition opens September 10 and runs through December 3, 2017. Call & Response celebrates the 10th anniversary of Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space.

In preparation for this artwork I have been experimenting with casting paper pulp. Part of the experiment is finding the right aesthetic for my idea, the other is learning technical skills. Today, I got to spend the day with the amazing Jacqueline Mallegni of Paper Rain Studio in Abiquiu, NM.  Jacqueline makes minimalist sculpture and custom lighting all from natural materials.  Today she is teaching me how to make shaped flax paper. Jacqueline teaches classes in her studio as well as  at the Espanola Fiber Arts Center in NM;  Palo Alto Art Center;  Gospel Flat Farm Gallery  and Commonweal both in Bolinas, CA and the O’Hanlon Art Center Mill Valley, CA. You can find details on these links or her website.

The first component of my art installation is the paper planters.  I would like them translucent, they must resemble real planters while respecting and taking advantage of the material properties. I also need to make 50 in a reasonable amount of time.

I will share with you some of the steps I learned today from Jacqueline.

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Combing and layering the flax onto screen

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The pressed and glued flax ready for forming

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Applying and forming the flax sheet around the planter

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Smoothing out flax sheet around the form

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Creating the creases on the form

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Letting the forms dry in the sun  – the one to the right is painted with indigo

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The flax forms drying under the hot New Mexico sun.

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After drying the detail of the top lip of the finished planter. I experimented with a soft frayed edge and a hard edge.

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Tiny flax wrapped pebbles

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Indigo painted bleached flax in a creased and pleated form

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Close up on edges of planters

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One days work, four different forms plus pebbles. A combination of natural flax, bleached flax and silk. Thank you to Jacqueline Mallegni at Paper Rain Studio

I love learning new things and today was an exceptional day. I am excited to see how these planters evolve and how they will influence the making of the linocut plants that will tumble out of them.

 

 

 

 

Moth Migration Mania!

Exhibitions, Moth Migration Project, Prints, Uncategorized

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The Moth Migration Project is developing beautifully thanks to all of you! We are only two months into the project with three to go and it is amazing. I am incredibly lucky to have Josh Lamore, writer, musician and graduate student from Pratt in library science as my fearless assistant. Josh has been brilliant in helping set up the database and cataloging system. He is also an excellent artist who has contributed his own moths plus helped me print countless other. Technically, they are not countless,  we have organized every moth.

Here are some notable events I want to share with everyone:

Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in the UK is currently hosting  “Whispers” Moth Migration Project satellite exhibition with an Instagram Feed, check it out here.  Along with the exhibition is a collaboration with Danford Grammer, check out their twitter feed with the kids making moths.

Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada is hosting a moth migration project printing party.

I hosted a printing party at Rush Arts in NYC for their V.I.P. Arts Club. Plus I have had 5 in my home. I think I will need a vacation after this.

There are numerous teachers around the world introducing the project to their students, teachers from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and Lithuanian.  It is such an amazing opportunity to introduce pollination, migration, immigration.  I see this project being all about connection and community.

I received sponsorship from Speedball, who very generously supplied me with linoleum, paper and their new professional relief ink which I love! I am a die-hard oil base ink printer, but their new line of water washable professional inks are fantastic. They clean up easily with water but print like oil. This will be amazing to use in upcoming Moth Migration Printing Parties.

In April I received 2864 moths! They are hand drawn, linocut printed, silkscreened, paper cut, gel prints, all types of media and incredibly beautiful. Thank you!

We have a FB group where you can share you moths. Just click here to find it. 

Also please tag all your photos with #mothmigrationproject and or @adventureartist so that I can see them all.

Lastly, if you want to join, email me at mothmigration@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Update -Moth Migration FB Page Added

Moth Migration Project, Prints, Uncategorized

I  created a Facebook group for the Moth Migration Project! There are over 1200 participants in this project and progress photos and completed prints go by so fast on FB, Twitter and Instagram that I am afraid I am missing them. I invite everyone to post their images to the Moth Migration Project FB page. 

 Also if you have questions or comments for each other this is a great place to share. The page is free and open meaning that you can post your images but I do not moderate it. I will check it daily, but if you have a question specific to me, please email me  at Mothmigration@gmail.com rather than put it in a post, I would hate to miss it.
If you don’t know what the Moth Migration Project is and think you might be interested there is still 5 months of time to join. Just click this link to get the details. 

Moth Migration Invitation Update

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Each day I am getting several envelopes filled with moths. It is very exciting. When they arrive I photograph the moths and envelope, then put them into gallon size ziplock bags with the artist’s name and country and check it off the inventory sheet. I have this amazing wall of bagged moths pinned to the wall.

For those of you who want to share the project with people who are not on-line,  I have created a PDF that you can download and give to them. Also if you belong to a printmaking workshop or community please share it by clicking here to download and posting it in your shop:  moth_migration_project_hilary_lorenz

I plan to travel this exhibition in 2018 and 2019. I especially want to take it to places that contributed the most moths. If you are interested in hosting the project please let me know at mothmigration@gmail.com. 

Happy printing!

 

Moth Migration + Printsocial

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What happens when you combine the Moth Migration Program with PrintSocial? A really good time and an apartment covered in moths. PrintSocial is a project I oriented in 2010. PrintSocial is an exchange between 2-4 people, at least 2 dogs and possibly some babies during the process of making  prints in my home rather than the studio. It is about coming together, eating food, making prints, and enjoying each others company. It is a social exchange with artists and non-artists  of all ages.  You can read more about  PrintSocial and download a catalog by clicking here.  Maybe you want to come over?

Corra, a new friend is about to move to Canada with her new husband. Jessica is my former TA and now dear friend.  Josh, a relatively new friend  I met through one of my former and favorite students, Joanna. Corra and Jessica are trained printmakers.  It was Josh’s  first time! I love first time printmakers. I get the privilege of witness that remarkable moment of discovery when they pull their first print!

You can think of PrintSocual as the old time quilting bee, sitting around a large table with new and old friends making honest connections, except exchange quilting with printmaking and you have PrintSocial! Coupled with the Moth Migration Project, we are collectively working on an exhibition for August. Now through April I will host one per week, all are welcome. Their moths are spectacular!!!!

Moth Migration Important Update

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The moths are rolling in  and the project has expanded to 15 countries. To expedite a clean and clear data bank of all moths I created a form where all participants can  put in your own details.  Moth Migration Participant Data Form. 

I am asking everyone to fill this out, even those who have already emailed me as this is your record. This information will also be used when I mail you your letterpress signed and dated participate card. It is also information and permissions on if and how you would like your name attached to the project.

You don’t know about the Crowd Sourcing Moth Migration Project? You may read about it byMoth Migration Project

Any questions email me at MothMigration@gmail.com

Moth Production Printing

Exhibitions, Uncategorized
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My sweet little Showcard Press.

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Moth Migration Project – printing in progress

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Conrad guarding the moths as they dry.

You too are invited to join my project. Get all the directions HERE.  or just scroll to the next post. Deadline for Moths July 15, 2017. Exhibition Dates August 19 – October 28, 2017 at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM.

Moth Migration – 2nd update

Exhibitions

Sorry I have no pretty pictures today. I have been teaching the last two days and did not have time to print. But I have a new crop of questions that I want to get out. You may have one of these questions on your mind.

Do you want the name of the moths?
Yes, please tell me the moth species. You may write it on the card with your name and address when sending in your moths.

Does my moth have to look exactly like the real thing?
No, not at all, you may take all the liberty you like.

Can I send you 5 different moths?
Yes

Can I send you more than 5?
Yes.  My goal is 40,000 + I am hand printing about 4,000 myself between now and May.  I will print each myself but get help in cutting them out.

Does the paper have to be two sided?
No, it does not. The paper can be just black or white or grey without any detail. It can be detailed on one side or both if you really want to make that,  but it will not be well seen on the bottom. Because I am making several thousand myself, I am using old prints and drawings as my moth paper. I am printing on the “clean” side so there will be texture and marking on the bottom. It is also essentially “free” paper since I already have it.

Does the size you listed 1″ to 6″ include the wings?
Yes, that size is the total for the largest areas of the moth, whether it be the height or the width. That way it will be into an A4 envelope.

What exactly do I need to be a moth ambassador?
Moth Ambassadors are people not living in the US and who would like to gather a group of 5 other people to make moths, but shipping from their country could be cost prohibited. I do not want to deny people the opportunity to participate simply because of postage. Moths must be all packaged together from one location  in an A3 or A4 sized envelope and send international standard mail, no express or special services. Please confirm you want to be a moth ambassador with me. I will need a copy of the the receipt of postage from the post office. (This is for my tax purposes since I am self funding it)  Receipt can be send via email.

As always, I am deeply thankful for your participation and so excited to see how all this will unfold. More photos will come this weekend.

Please email your intention to participate and questions to: mothmigration@gmail.com

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