Unseen Natives: Tuesday an Wednesday crammed together

This is my adventure into creating an art installation for the Art in Rural Storefronts project sponsored by The Arts Center of Corvallis. ARS serves regional audiences in Linn and Benton Counties by bringing innovative, thought- provoking art projects to rural communities that lack spaces dedicated to contemporary/non-commercial art.  Three artists  were chosen to participate.  The project is funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission.

Tuesday was all about errands and sewing. I went to WOU for printmaking paper, fabric and craft stores in Corvallis and a nice trip to the big box hardware place.  Spent the evening sewing backdrop sections.


Of course, I had to have a special assistant guiding the fabric and measuring tools!


Wednesday progress: I thought the muslin was too transparent so I used construction paper to initially cover the bare stud walls.


How to hang a long section with minimal cost? PVC in 10ft lengths! Cut to fit. Disadvantage is the flexibility when weight is applied. I still need to add one more hook to pull it to the ceiling.


Pin up the drapes and paint the floor black!


While it dries, run up to Ikea for lighting!


Over 200 miles driven that day. I was tired! I did procure lights that initially didn’t seem to be the best purchase, but actually are “spot on”!

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

4 thoughts on “Unseen Natives: Tuesday an Wednesday crammed together

  1. It is amazing how much creativity goes into every aspect – not only the art design, but the whole background which allows the art to stand out. Can’t wait to see the finished display!

    1. I think that’s part of the reason for blogging art process. So many people don’t realize what goes into a piece of art, no matter what type. Education is necessary.

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