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Tropical Laziness

Tropical, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast
Tropical, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast

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Helloooo!

It is July, it is hot, it is summer and I have decided to take things a little easier over the next two months.
I did finish the sculpture part of this tin can just before my first summer trip, when I went to Frankfurt. In this glorious town where I was born in, I spent a lovely (hot) week with my Mum, where I mostly walked and… swam. Yes. In swimming pools, because German swimming pools are awesome and French ones… well, they are not.
When I got back, I developed a lovely lip sore, or, in other words, my body yelled at me to take a break and just sleep the exhaustion off…
I also finished the painting job on said sculpture. Thus this particular artwork is available on my website. An art print is planned, I just can’t seem to be bothered so far. BUT, fear not, my patreons are still getting their art print of July too, so I have no choice but to take care of it before the end of the week!
There is also a time lapse of me sculpting it on youtube, if you’re curious to see the process.

Sooo holidays are coming! And as I said, slooow is the new low… eerr high? I just need some rest and as I haven’t started on any new artwork since the beginning of July, by brain is free to relax, so I am taking advantage of that as much as I can.

Reality is going to hit pretty soon though, as I have to make at the very least 2 video tutorials in the coming week, one for my skillshare class and one for a group thingy, but until then, I am blissfully ignoring the necessity of work and relaxing, reading, over eating and oh, napping.
Napping has been really nice.

On a side note and I’m probably going to blog about it more but…. I GOT SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNNY ART PRIZE!!
Here is the proof.
Ahem. Which means I’ll throw money out of the window again to be at the opening in London, because, hey, I might get some opportunities, and I need those!

Ok!
That’s about it! A good, old fashioned, honest, life telling blog post!
It is almost 22h (that’s 10 pm for some people in the world) and we are out for a walk. Because moving is good for your body and soul, whatever that “soul” thing is.
On that cheesy note, until next time!

xx
Stéphanie

Valainistima 2.0

Valainistima, Whale in Oil Spill, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast
Valainistima, Whale in Oil Spill, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast

Hey Folks 🙂

You might remember my whale sculpture Valainistima, made in 2015.
Back then, I sculpted waves as the base, which I quickly found to be too kitschy.
The whale simply sat in my art studio for a couple of years, and forward to 2018, while I am working on trash and pollution, it suddenly hit me and so I recycled my own sculpture into a new one, that fits the current world issue of pollution.

I sometimes wonder how much my art has some actual impact on others, on you maybe, but I believe it is the role of art to reflect on contemporary issues and what seems like the most crucial to tackle for me is the environmental crisis we are facing. There’s so much one can do and change to lessen its environmental impact, simply reducing your buying habits, cooking more from scratch and eating less meat makes already a big difference and aren’t very difficult goals to achieve.

It is not about living a spartian life (though, if that’s your thing, go ahead!) but rather to be more conscious about one’s action.
it is not about never indulging in the things you love to own or eat, but rather to be mindful of them.
It is not about hating yourself for your mistakes and failures, but rather to focus on what you can easily do and change.

Ok, this is getting too depressing! I am working on other nature related art these days, to lighten up my mood (and yours!) so don’t fear, hope and brightness is still there and should be!

I do hope you like this whale sculpture!
It is available to purchase on my website, if you feel like owning a contemporary sculpture and I will donate 10% to pangeaseed if you so do wish.

xx
Stéphanie

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Daeralda, Whale in Oil Spill, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast
Daeralda, Whale in Oil Spill, 2018, Mixed Media Sculpture on Tin Can, Stephanie Kilgast

Exhibition : Thoughtful Planet

Bright Growth, Tin Can Sculpture, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast
Bright Growth, Tin Can Sculpture, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast

My work is currently being be exhibited at “Thoughtful Planet 2” .
Thought Foundation describes this exhibition as “Exploring environmental issues through art and creativity”.

The exhibition will be held until September 2018 and is free of charge.

I send them five pieces of my artwork, the following sculptures, that you can see and buy at Thought Foundation. Thought Foundation is between Newcastle and Durham, so if you are planning holidays in the UK this year and are nearby, be sure to check it out!

xx
Stéphanie

Thoughtful Planet Exhibition, Thought Foundation
Thoughtful Planet Exhibition, Thought Foundation

Under the Sea

I Sea You, 2018, Watercolor on Paper, Stephanie Kilgast
I Sea You, 2018, Watercolor on Paper, Stephanie Kilgast

Hello Folks!

Over the week-end I have painted a bunch of watercolors, mostly in vibrant colors to prove a point in my upcoming Skillshare class, where I will be explaining how to pick and choose colors in your artworks.
Since I started sculpting sea turtles last week, in the intend to question plastic pollution, I naturally ended up painting the same theme.

I started with the following quick watercolors, a galaxy mushroom, a sea turtle in a bright pink ocean and a rainbow bottle. You can also find these in my shop.

These paintings warmed me up, so I dived into the next one, which had been on my mind for a few days. A sea turtle head with a plastic bottle in it’s eye.

I Sea You, 2018, Watercolor on Paper, Stephanie Kilgast
I Sea You, 2018, Watercolor on Paper, Stephanie Kilgast

Plastic pollution is getting worse by the minute, and it’s pretty easy to do our parts to reduce our own waste and to dispose it properly.

If you buy some of these watercolors, I will also donate 10% to pangeaseed, an organization that fights for our ocean, which I have been following for a while.

And since we are on the underwater theme, I also finished three new cluster coral necklaces to go with the recent jewelry I have made, you can find these here.

Last note on plastic pollution!
To fight it off, you can simply reduce the amount of single plastic use:
– Refuse plastic bags at the store and bring your own fabric bags (even for clothes!)
– Refuse straws at the bar when taking a drink
– Cook from scratch, especially cookies!
– Drink tap water if it’s safe or buy larger plastic bottles to reduce the amount of plastic
– Avoid take-out, rather eat at the restaurant! Or bring your own containers to fill in.

– bamboo toothbrushes
– wooden Q-tips or no Q-tips at all, just wipe your ears clean with your towel!
– pick up trash when you see it in nature

Feel free to add more tips to reduce plastic waste in the comment section and I’ll add them to the list!

xx
Stéphanie

Photography & Art

Candi(e)d Watch, 2017, Art Print, Stephanie Kilgast
Candi(e)d Watch, 2017, Art Print, Stephanie Kilgast

It is through my artwork that I learned to photograph properly but also to enjoy photographing!
When I started sculpting miniature food back in 2007 I owned a bridge camera and did my best to capture the details. I learned tricks to get the pictures right, to compose them as worked best.
Below one of my very first cake in 2007, captured with a bridge camera from Sony on aluminum foil, which I thought looked intriguing.

Miniature Cake, 2007, Stephanie Kilgast
Miniature Cake, 2007, Stephanie Kilgast

And as I started to fall in love with miniature sculpting, the question of selling my work quickly arose and I had to make proper pictures of my work.
At that time I would post pictures of my work on Flickr. This picture of donuts worked really well for me at that time, believe it or not, I was silly enough to save a cropped version only of this one on my computer. I never thought I would use these as actual photographs.

Miniature Donuts, 2008, Stephanie Kilgast
Miniature Donuts, 2008, Stephanie Kilgast

Later on, as my business grew and my interest in photography as well, I invested in my first DSLR and to be honest, the first tries were disappointing! I knew my sony bridge so well that I could use it at its best, but the new dslr was unknown territory for me, so the new pictures were not better than the old ones. At least at first.

Here some pictures taken with my “old” sony :

And here some with my new canon DSLR, the black forest cake immensely improved!

And I learned and kept going, investing as years grew by in better lenses and a tripod.
And my work changed as well! I had a phase where my work grew so big, I didn’t know how to photograph it anymore, but since a good year I have invested in some paper backgrounds and am now back at enjoying the photography part!

Over the years, people have always enjoyed my photographies, sometimes more than the actual sculptures… I kid you not! Because people often don’t know what to do with a sculpture, especially miniature food! But a photographic print? That’s easy to deal with, you put it on your wall! Thus, after so many years, I decided to really give art prints a go.

I picked some good pictures, re-shot certain sculptures to have better results, did everything right from lowering ISO to 100, using a tripod, reshooting over and over again to get just the right pictures and then went to my local print shop and tried many prints before settling on those I liked best!

To kick this all off I am offering -20% on all Art Prints until Monday 25th!
Simply use the coupon code JUNEARTPRINTS during checkout.

This will also allow me to invest in more art prints as we go, so now it’s your turn!
Which sculpture would you love an art print of?
Let me know in the comments below!

xx
Stéphanie

 

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