and then a pause

 

i promised i would post more images from my exhibition last december-february, so here they are!

 

 

jillian schiavi

‘all those other words’, 2011

birch wood, brass, satin binding tape

 

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wedding guest tree: ms. buryk and mr. borchert

this past weekend was the darling wedding of darling friends alexis buryk and scott borchert (see their spotlight in the ny times!). having been friends since our nyu days, alexis and i are now both about to gather our mfa’s in writing from the school of the art institute of chicago. she is one of my dearest and closest and most wonderful friends, and i was honored not only to be a part of her wedding party, but also to be asked to create the wedding guest ‘book’.

instead of a traditional page-turner, she and scott decided they’d rather be able to look at something that spoke to their wedding day in a very unique way, so they chose to present a tree that guests could fill in with thumbprint ‘leaves’ and a note for the couple. it turned out lovely, just like the day itself. congratulations scott and alexis, and may this tree be a constant reminder of the vast circle of supporters and loved ones who will honor your union every step of the way.

 

(ps. be on the lookout for new additions/sections to my jillyink etsy shop – coming soon!)

all those other words

 

i know i haven’t updated in quite a while, but i have a pretty big-deal post for today.  for the past month and a half (and really, the last year), i’ve been working on an installation piece for an exhibition opening at the sullivan galleries in chicago this friday.  the piece, ‘all those other words’, is a 17 page story written non-chronologically that i laser cut into birch plywood and set behind stained wooden doors.  i cannot say how proud i am with how the piece turned out, how happy i am that it looks so beautiful and reads so well, how utterly relieved i am that it’s finally up and i don’t have to worry about little tiny screws or super glue or nail guns anymore.  enjoy the photos – hopefully i’ll post more after the opening!

 

the books:

 

 

during installation:

 

 

all up on the wall:

 

 

just get through tomorrow

eeeeeeeesh i haven’t been here in a while.  i’m so sorry!  what with getting writing pieces ready for the saic grad critique week and finishing final screenprinting projects, running the mothers’ day 5k (i came in 255 out of nearly 2,000 runners!) in grant park and work, i’ve been up to my ears in busyness.. and business.

some good news!  i’ve recently had two (two!) new purchases from my etsy shop, which i am incredibly excited about.  one of my lovely clients initially decided to purchase a custom initial stamp, however she’s since chosen to go the return address stamp route, but i’d still like to show you my designs for the first:

it gives me incredibly joy to have make connections with wonderful people via the online handmade community, and i look forward to continue ‘meeting’ new people (and hopefully more people) as the summer approaches!

canopy

after one and a half weeks of frantic designing, printing, cutting while kneeled and hunched over on the floor (oh my back!), i finally, with the help of my dear roommate) put up my final project for my installation class this semester.  and it just so happened that we installed on the one, repeat: one, beautiful, sunny day that chicago’s seen in the past month really.  it was truly a blessing, and it made the papercut installation sing with clarity, brilliance and full out shine.

i am now completely obsessed with cut paper projects, and will be experimenting with other materials as well, maybe forming language out of wire, or different forms of pellon, or really, whatever i can get my hands on.  thank you so much to everyone who’s helped support me mentally and emotionally in this project – it really, the whole thing, has made me so happy.  and now i’m equally happy that it’s done.

and in case you’re interested, here’s the text of the piece:

she does not see far.  the wind twists itself around and about her limbs, sends her hair into a fury, but she doesn’t see far./she doesn’t hear long.  the sounds of rays that creep within the cracks of her skin make no impression on her eardrums./she tries to follow the feel.  she touches the ends of things, gropes for a hanging-on of connection.  the mouth she has./she lets it all in, and washes it all out.  welcomes it in, and stands helpless as it all passes through.

follow the lines

some process photos that i promised – here’s the first two panels of large-scale papercuts for my third installation.

pre-cutting, here’s what the scrolls of paper look like with the designs printed on them:

starting to cut:

the completed first panel:

and here’s the final cutout of the second:

i’ll just go ahead and let the pictures speak for themselves.  more to come!

reference

second installation project – i decided to blasphemously tear pages out of an old 1965 dictionary and infuse them with my own writing.  over the course of a week and a half, i painstakingly (and yes, at times, those late nights, hitting f3 and then shift+f over and over again was indeed painful) searched through roughly twenty documents of my own writing that i’ve produced since last fall for whatever recognizable words i found on each page.  once found within a piece of my writing, i’d hand-write the sentence that word was used in over its original definition.  thereby claiming its definition as my own.

some of the pages went faster than others.  some strangely had no words that i could use, and so in those cases, i made up definitions for certain words.  or i would find interesting connections between the words that just so happened to be situated near each other.  or i experimented with hand-lettering of certain letters, words, images, etc.

the wallpapering itself took no time, but the entire project, layered together and spread out over the expanse of a wall in my studio, sparked such an interesting conversation about authorship, overload of information, hierarchy of text, positive vs negative space, and so many other things.  i truly enjoyed putting this together, and if given the opportunity, would absolutely cover an entire room like this.  i mean, why not?  now i know how to make my own glue.

sonnets upon sonnets

 

almost everyone has some sort of relationship with shakespeare. whether it be that awkward memory of having to memorize shylock’s speech in freshman english, or finding that one line in that one sonnet that just so happens to speak to whatever is going on in your life, there’s no doubt that for most of us, ole billy has struck some sort of chord.

for my first project in my art installation class, i decided to play around with accumulation and dismantling – in this case, the accumulation of text and chalk, the dismantling of shakespeare’s sonnets as well as the concept of what it means to be a book, a collection.

it’s incredibly interesting to see what happens when you start to layer words and sentences on top of each other. the negative space becomes positive, the blackboard starts to resemble a white notebook page, and the sonnets themselves become almost completely illegible (although that could also have something to do with the nature of my handwriting). i had such fun putting this together, and i definitely foresee more chalkboard art in my future.

what’s your favorite sonnet? i’ll always be partial to 116.

a new venture

good evening from the midwest!

copyright jillian schiavi 2010

so here i am in this lovely little city called chicago.  i’ve been tapping into my writer mind quite a bit (which makes sense, seeing as i’m here to, well, get a degree in writing), and just suddenly realized (with the help of a few persistent friends back east – you’re right, you’re right) that i haven’t been on here in a while.  the truth is, i haven’t been producing very much visual work of late, my time being taken up with story crafting and yoga practicing and lululemon lululemoning.  BUT.  i got a nice surprise in the mail the other day (ok, the other week – man time flies by in graduate school).  this past summer, for a few of my recently wedded friends, i designed custom made return address stamps as part of their gifts.  handwritten and consisting of their new names, these stamps were so much fun to create, and to see in their finished state.  so how lovely was it to receive a thank you note with the inked product on the back?  well, it was very lovely, thank you.

copyright jillian schiavi 2010

i’m thinking of producing these regularly, so if you know of anyone who would like a custom stamp, please forward the message on!  oh, and happy autumn – the past few weeks has been full of pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread… with pumpkin carving to come this weekend.

copyright jillian schiavi 2010

cheers,

jilly