bg_6871359428214.jpgWynne Palmer © 2013

Like many artists, I am a creature of habit when it comes to planning and implementing my creative year. With the weather being dark and dreary through the winter, I curl up in front of the fire and try to use my time wisely by researching and planning new projects which I then priortize and will work on for the year. Considering I am an interdiscipliary artist, this can be a daunting task, as there is the concept research and then the technical research. I have literally pages of ideas, some of which I wonder if I will ever get to! There are many factors that will inform these decisions including: Is the project for a collective I am working with? Is it for a grant or residency I am applying for? Is it for a specific show? Is it in conjunction with a workshop or course I have taken and want to expand into a project? Decisions, decisions.... currently I am paring down ideas that I am interested in pursuing for this year which include: mixed media works on paper concerning identity, an outdoor installation involving light and luminescence, an audio piece for an installation.

 

That being said, the other thing I do every year from Jan. - June is take workshops and in-person or online courses for professional development. These usually fall into two groups: art administration ie grant writing and skill development ie learning a new software or equipment. Before the end of January I will be attending a civic grant writing workshop and have just started an online course in digital sound design.

 

Many young artists don't realize that pursuing professional development, even after you have finished formal art training, will feed your work and inspire you. You can't help but grow by incorporating new ideas and I have always found that the networking involved always pays off. Never stop learning!



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Working as a graphic designer and now an artist for years, the one thing I have noticed in using computer software, hardware and peripherals is how many companies design user interface from an engineer or programmer's point of view and not the user. It's almost like the user is out of the loop or an after-thought when it comes to the product or service. Obtaining user feedback and making requested changes for ease of use is still not a common occurance, until now.

 

Eric Deis of Artist Run Website was kind enough to ask me for a testimonial for his website. I was happy to do this as I've been so pleased with the features, ease of use and the great customer service his company provides. Being a working artist and web designer, Deis is a breath of fresh air in running a very user-friendly site to build your own aritist website.

 

www.artistrunwebsite.com



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Photo: Vancouver Courier

 

As a co-founder/member of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO)
we have graciously been asked to perform at the show:

 

Transformative Possibilities: Humans, Technology + Nature - Celebrating the HTN Triad

 

Three years of research documentation is transformed within a traditional gallery style exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Laura Lee Coles to celebrate the completion of her Masters of Arts degree from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

Several artists who participated in the research as well as specially invited guests will perform various experimental sound compositions.

 

Join us for this exciting audio/visual event!

 

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

7pm - 12 midnight

VIVO Media Arts Centre

1965 Main Street

Vancouver, BC

Cash Bar

 

Thanks: Laura Lee Coles and VIVO Media Arts Centre


This past weekend was a fresh and pleasant experience of exhibiting outdoors, as opposed to the 'white cube', in Vancouver's lovely Kitsilano Tatlow Park.

 

I was graciously asked to submit a project for curators Laura Lee Coles and David Leith for the launch of LocoMotoArt, based on Coles just completed Masters thesis at SAIT/Simon Fraser University. The premise is to use a portable system of mini projectors and marine batteries to run audio and/or video works of art in remote environments and natural settings.

 

This was a refreshing experience for me as an interdisciplinary artist, to locate my work in a natural setting, thereby adding strength to the project concept. I was thrilled to experiment with the Aaxa Pico P4 projector (80 lumens), that I projected onto a pond rock, and added an auxilary battery to extend the life of the 75min. Lithium internal battery. It worked beautifully!

 

For project documentation please see Naiad's Gift.

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Wynne Palmer © 2012

 

Special Thanks: Laura Lee Coles and Dave Leith, IMAPON, LocoMotoArt,

Neighborhood Small Grants Greenest City Fund (Kitsilano Neighbourhood House),

Vancouver Foundation


I'm pretty excited and pleased with my new website, hosted by Eric Deis of Artist Run Website. This is a website host who is a working artist, so he has a good idea of the wants and needs of today's working artist. I'm impressed by the easy interface, choice of formats, layout, media upload, 30-day free trial and immediate response to suggestions and queries.

 


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