I am so happy to announce that Happy Fun Lamp has found a studio space in the Asheville, NC River Arts District at Pink Dog Creative! This is a great building filled with many talented artists. HFL is so proud to join the ranks of the folks at Pink Dog! Find us at Studio A, directly next to Pizza Pura.
Andrea and Happy Fun Lamp have just moved to Asheville, NC and are so excited! I am in the process of finding a new studio space, and am hoping to find something in the River Arts District, which I fell in love with and have been visiting for the past 2 1/2 years. Current and past collaborations include creating custom lamp bases with Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios, and CD cover artwork with Joyce Thornburg (both located at Wedge Studios), and Nancy Hilliard Joyce, located at the Cotton Mill Studios.
Happy Fun Lamps are now available at the Concord Museum Gift Shop in Concord, MA- several nature-themed lamps are for sale. These coincide with the current nature-inspired exhibit, “Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change,” a ground-breaking exhibition exploring three centuries of careful observation of seasonal natural phenomena in Concord.
Read the article about me in this week’s Roslindale transcript- Roslindale artist dedicated to recycling
It was such a pleasure to exhibit at the Roslindale Public Library:
Be sure to check out the next exhibit- my good friend Geradine Barney and her gorgeous modern Navajo prints and artwork.
Please join me at the First Church in Jamaica Plain for their 15th Annual Holiday Craft Fair! I will be in the sanctuary. Sat. Dec. 1 from 11-5pm.
I will also be at the UForge/Eliot Hall Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair on Dec. 22 from 11-6pm.
Exciting news- I will be the featured artist at the Roslindale Public Library from Dec. 8 until the end of January, and will be giving a pysanky demo in January!
Roslindale Open Studios was a huge success once again- thank you to everyone who stopped by my home studio!
Seven of my lamps are currently in the window at UForge Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA as part of their July “Spectrum” show. Each month, UForge has a different assignment for artists, and this one was to find inspiration in the colors of the rainbow. Naturally, I was immediately drawn to this request; it was perfect for me because of my love of working with color and light. The lamps are in the window of UForge on Centre Street- a busy street with tons of passersby. The gallery keeps them lit up at night every night until midnight, as well. They’ll be up until the end of July.
It was a lot of fun to create a series of seven lamps. I made sketches beforehand in order to ensure the lamps looked good together. They are all different sizes- various heights, widths and shapes. The lavendar one in the back, “West Asheville,” is the very first lamp I have made using handmade paper that I have made myself.
In March and May I took Papermaking I and II at Asheville Bookworks in West Asheville, North Carolina. These were excellent classes. I thoroughly enjoyed papermaking and look forward to making more. Teacher Frank Brannon of Speak Easy Press is a wonderful teacher and artist, and I can’t recommend him highly enough. My classmates were all also talented artists from the North Carolina area and were lovely and inspiring to work with. They included shadowbox artist Lewellen Padgett, potter-turned-printmaker Nancy Darrell, expert feltmaker and teacher Chad Alice Hagen, photographer / artist Toni Oreck, and Dyann Myers who creates beautiful porcelain pottery, and has a studio in the West Asheville River Arts District.
We made paper out of cotton, linen, flax, abaca, old blue jeans, and sheets, among other materials. I am looking forward to making more lamps and other things out of the paper I’ve made.
Here are the lamps in my home studio:
A closeup of “Plum Island” and “West Asheville”