Thursday, April 8, 2010

Getting a bit rusty

Now that's what I call FUNCTIONAL ART! 

I have recently fallen in love with the works of Cal Lane,
a woman who has quite a way with a blowtorch!

I can't imagine how much time it must take her
to achieve such intricate precision in her work

This is how she describes her approach:

"I have always been interested in embracing the very thing that repels me in order to understand it: I prefer to make sense of things or in order to suspend (or pass) judgment."

I like the way she sees the world...

... and admire such technique, such patience ... 

I also admire how she accomplishes exactly what she sets out to do:

"I like to work as a visual devil’s advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance - as well as a clash - by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials. This is manifested in a series of “Industrial Doilies”, pulling together industrial and domestic life as well as relationships of strong and delicate, masculine and feminine, practical and frivolity, ornament and function. There is also a secondary relationship being explored here, of lace used in religious ceremonies as in weddings, christenings and funerals."

I am humbly inspired

Thank you so much for all your support and kind words on my new website
I'm a bit new to the 'publicity' thing
I'm much better at sticking up for
and promoting others...
It's rather strange to do it for myself
So I'm trying to pretend it's not me I'm doing it for
Then that jolly photo keeps popping back out at me ;-)

For now, I shall go to bed and dream of 
lacy wheelbarrows
and reconciling 
the frivolous with the practical, 
ornament with function 
and the industrial with my domestic life...


PS - There is a list of upcoming events on Cal Lane's Website 
Here in France!! In the Auvergne region.
That's not TOO far from TOulouse ;-)


  1. wow! such amazing work. thanks for showing us.

  2. WOW, what an amazing artist. I've never seen anything like it before, but I too fell instantly in love with her creations. Oh and Ange, here's a link of where we get our buoy paint:,775,41.html

    Or if there is a marine store in France, maybe they have an equivalent? (They have marine blue too!) ~Lili

  3. Hello Ange,
    Love her work too! It is amazing...fabulous contrast! I cannot seem to access the I need authorization?
    Take care, Laura

  4. The contradiction is what gets me, it's hard to wrap my head around it...maybe that is why I like it so much, it's all so "pretty & delicate".

    Sleep tight Angela...again your website is dreamy.

  5. Thanks for sharing this... I love it ;)

    best wishes for a life filled with creativity

  6. Hi Ange
    Fascinating works.. to make something so weighty look light and ethereal.... i can understand your fascination

    Sorry i haven't been over so much.. blogger been causing me angst this last week.. all sorts of problems.. anyway.. wanted to say your website is FANTASTIC... such a clean fresh look which I love.. and your artwork of course.. truly fabulous..... you're a star!!!

    Have a great week.. xxx Julie

  7. Imagine seeing a picture or that detail come to life! You see, Ange, art and beauty is everywhere.

    Love the new blog, by the way!


  8. Fabulous, I really like them!

    I am sure that you have some similar in your "grange" along with lots of other fabulous french goodies.

    Bisous, L

  9. Absolutely amazing!! I am in awe of her abilities. Don't you just love rusty metal..mmmmlove it!!then to take it and create such delicate, pretty pieces...the contrast is inspired, thank you for sharing this Oh how I wish I could go to the exhibition, cheers Katherine

  10. Her work is amazing, want, want, want!

  11. I posted the top picture on my Tumblr but admit that I never looked any further. What beautiful, inspiring work!

  12. Dear Ange,
    I LOVE IT !!
    What wonderful work. How she can make metal look like intricate lacework, is amazing. I will definitely check out her site.
    Sorry that I've been AWOL but, you know why !!!! XXXX

  13. Hello Ange,
    I saw your comment on Bonnie's Original Art Studio and thought I'd come here to meet you. We have a little bit in common, being both 'foreigners' and living in the south of France. What you said about not being able to be authentically yourself in France struck a chord with me, although blogging has provided a sort of outlet where I can be me (mostly) and be in contact with others of relatively like mind.

    As for this post, the work of this artist is quite amazing and one-of-a-kind! Beautiful stuff.

  14. Wow, that blows me away, how does she do that?!?!?
    MUST check out your website Ange, just been ultra busy lately.

  15. This is marvellous, and I'm just thinking that a lacy sports car would be quite a glad sight.

  16. i never would have thought that up! its so gorgeous.
    ive been away, so im going to check your website

  17. promote, promote you deserve too! With all the support you give others. Get on twitter ;)

    Love this work you show here and thank you again for such lovely comments on my blog - :)


  18. These are so cool!So delicate yet rough...

  19. My goodness Ange, that is quite something! Thank you for sharing with us.

  20. I loved these and have checked her site - I must see it in real life now!

  21. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I can understand why you were so entranced when you discovered Cal. Thank you so much for sharing this and broadening my horizons. Meredy xo.

  22. Lacy wheelbarrows??!! What enchanting pieces these are, they are breathtakingly beautiful.

  23. What an idea!
    Very very creative, indeed.

  24. ~i don't think i have seen anything quite like her work...simply gorgeous in every possible way...reminds me a bit of really need not be spoken for her work...thank you so for sharing such an artist...much l♥ve and light...brightest blessings~

  25. How incredible are these! I can see why you're quite smitten with them. How does she do it?

  26. I have never seen art like this! Fabulous and wild. I love the idea of lace and metal meeting. Thank you for sharing this!


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