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at play, inside the eXpedition

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

…from October 11, 2009








photos by Renee Rosensteel

a special thanks to RR and the kids and their families!!!

the eXpedition @ the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Monday, November 16th, 2009

…opening reception on Friday, October 9, 2009 5:30pm-7:30pm



Week #18-Tough Art/ Install Day #7

Monday, November 16th, 2009

….from October 9, 2009


Install Day #7 Goals: Complete the install, and clean-up the space.  Light-weight, translucent clothing go on the large structure and are fringed.  Installation of wedges is finished. Attaching insert footers to bottom dowels and final weaving occurs.  The rag rug is secured to the wall.   The SMART signage and flyers go up too.  And then clean-up commences.


Now in the final hours.  Vacuuming under the structures (to pick-up any loose threads).   Checking all the tied ends of the fabric. Adjusting all the clothing one last time.  Packing up the tools.  Out the door.

The opening reception will be at 5:30pm!



Week #18-Tough Art/ Install Day #6

Monday, November 16th, 2009

…from Thursday, October 8, 2009


Install Day #6 Goals:  Install the fabric strips for the largest structure, the exhibit technician to finish installation of footers  and begin the installation of wedges, place the new insert footers under the dowel rods, begin adding the braids onto the front of each structure, and tying on as much of the woven strips after the footers are finalized.   Finally lighting the artwork needs to happen at night, for the most dramatic effect.  A tall order for the day!



Above: The largest structure’s fabric is tulle.  It will shimmer with the right lighting.

Below:  the larger structures take two people to do the weaving quickly.



Many, many thanks for the long hours BVW & OR!   And thank you JEVW for coming to our rescue in the final hours and helping with the footers and wedges!

Week #18-Tough Art/ Install Day #5

Monday, November 16th, 2009

…from Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Install Day #5 Goals:  Installation of footers by exhibition technician, solve rag rug issues and make wooden pieces (insert footers) to protect bottom dowel rods…. (This is a new idea introduced by an exhibit technician today—this should toughen-up the bottom dowels if/when visitors stand on the dowels.  It’ll mean a long (short) night for me with some cutting, drilling, sanding and polyurthaning, but the artwork will be better for it.  I need to make at least 4 insert footers for each of the 20 structures…. plus extras for the floor variance in the exhibit space.)


The woven strips are taken off of the structures, kept in order and laid underneath the structures, since the tying can not happen until the footers are in place.  Then the top sections of each structure can be woven.  The bottom sections will have to wait on the wedges to be installed.


(The dust piles which look like ant hills are the residue from the drilling of the holes for the footers.

A floor anchor is inserted into each hole, and the footers and structures are put back in place.  Then the footers are bolted into placed.  Before the drilling could take place, the holes had to be marked with chalk, and then the structures  and their footers had to be moved slightly to allow for accurate drilling.)  Thanks OR!!





One 1/4 of the visitors’ braids from the Braiding Station will be used in a rag rug. The braids are glued on to a “rag rug” materials made from recycled textiles (it’s normally used under carpet as a liner).  The sewing was not working out (quickly enough), so the alternative was gluing—super strength adhesive with quick curing qualities.  This will be a wall mounted piece, instead of a floor rug.  I am pleased that at least a portion of the braids by the visitors will still be able to be incorporated into the installation.  Thanks BVW for all your patience!

Photos by JVW & MM

Week #18-Tough Art/ Install Day #4

Monday, November 16th, 2009

….from Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Install Day #4 Goals:  Place footers and wedges with corresponding structure, continue placing clothing and fringing, and select strips for weaving.  Not so many photos from this day.  The above image is from near the end of the day….  The wedges and footers have been placed and will begin to be secured to the floor soon.  The  most of the weaving can not be finished (tied in place) until the footers and wedges secured in place.






Thanks for your fringing assistance PL, AF and BVW!!

Week #18-Tough Art/ Install Day #3

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

…from Monday, October 5, 2009


Install Day #3 Goals:  Begin assembling the clothing on the structures and begin fringing the clothing.  The clothing is selected in two ways: 1) by size—with larger pieces towards the front of the structure and 2) by color—tint, shade, tone, and saturation—to match as much as possible the hue and patterns of the corresponding angled fabric strip.  The color range on each structure goes from dark to light (right to left) when viewed from the front side.  The structures will have from 3-5 rows of fringed clothing, depending on the structure’s size.


The process is  that I choose the clothing and put it on the dowels.  My assistant (and others) help to cut the fringe in 1 to 2 inch strips up about 3/4’s of each article of clothing…leaving interesting clothing details, button, pockets, zippers, sometimes whole sleeves, etc…





Thanks bunches for your quick scissors, BVW!



Week #17-Tough Art/ Install Day #2

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

…from Sunday, October 4, 2009


Install Day #2 Goals: First all the structures were washed down with water and rags to remove any excess dust from the Fabrication Shop or from sanding after polyurethaning.  Then all the structures were placed in the correct order (design).  Finally all the fabric for the backs of each structure (the angled side) are assembled (except fabric for the largest one).  The fabric on the angled side is arranged from dark to light (going left to right from the backside view).

Many thanks BVW!!!






Under each structure is a bag (which corresponds with the specific sculpture) with all the fabric strips for the angled side and weaving (plus the front fabric for the 2 foot structures and the back-up front fabric for the other structures, incase the braiding doesn’t look right for some reason).  Organization…it seems key for all these many parts…..


Week #17-Tough Art/ Install Day #1

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

…from Saturday, October 3, 2009Day1_Install_17

And so it really begins….

Installation Day #1 Goals: First, in the morning deliver all structures and materials to Museum (with help of exhibit staff).

(Thank you GR, NH & OR!!)

Then for the remainder of the day, I assemble the remaining 9 structures (the 5 foot – 9 foot structures) on-site in the Museum’s Temporary Exhibit Space.








Week #16 & #17-Tough Art/ Final Fabric Prepping

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

…from September 25 – October 1, 2009



Back in Virginia.  The fabric strips for each structure are cut into smaller sizes from the fabric already prepared at the Fabric Cutting Party(ies).    Many thanks BVW!!!


Fabric is cut and sewn for each structure’s back angled side, the weaving pieces and also the front straight side (as back-up incase the braids are not used).  The new widths vary from 2 inches to 4 inches.  The nine foot structures fabric will be made from tulle (a thin, lightweight, fine netting often used for veils), and will be prepared on-site during install.  Extras are made of all sizes, to provide back-up pieces in the event of breakage.

PrepingFinalFabric_09Braids matching the structures’ color are made.  The braids are at least 7 times the height of the structure.


The rag rug is underway….the sewing is difficult due to the varied tightness of the braids.  (These are the braids made by Museum visitors) …..we’ll see how far along it gets.