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Flashback Friday! Hands-On with Marcus Kenney

How did the work with the taxidermy come about? 
I grew up in a hunting family in Cooter Point, Louisiana, so having deer around the house were quite common. Each season my mother decorated the taxidermy with the appropriate holiday attire. Every Mardi Gras she would adorn them with beads and during Christmas she would embellish them with garland, balls and santa hats. So it seemed natural to the evolution of my work to create my own version. I obviously have taken it to another level by embellishing taxidermy to present the animals as deified beings instead of a trophy that symbolizes conquest. A ram adorn with the trappings of royalty-a pearly headdress, plush leopard fabric, and a lace backdrop-is no ordinary sheep. I am interested in transforming the animals into something more than a trophy but something that resonates beyond the material aspects but deeper into the spiritual not unlike alter pieces or relics. I try to give each one it’s own particular identity and work in a way that the sculptures develop themselves over the course of several months. Items brought into my studio tend to find their way onto a particular work as if it belonged there since it’s inception. I have found this way of working quite rewarding considering my previous two dimensional work was mostly narrative. These have allowed me to work a lot more intuitively and let the pieces themselves dictate the direction a piece follows.
If you had the chance to go anywhere to look for things to include in your work, where would you go?
Rural southern United States.
What artist (dead or alive) would you like to have a drink and discuss the art world with?
Robert Frank. Frank’s book “The Americans” is the reason I became an artist. It gave me the confidence that even grainy, blurry, poorly composed images could be extremely poetic and powerful.
What’s the hardest thing about being a full time artist?
Let us be real here. Paying the bills and hanging on tight.
If a movie was done about your life, what actor would you want to play you?
HA! I have been told my whole life that I look like Sean Penn so I guess he is the most logical choice.
Today Marcus has a show in Atlanta, Georgia at the Marcia Wood Gallery. You can also visit his site to keep up with him on new works and upcoming shows.

Flashback Friday! Savannah, have you met…

You were born in Baltimore, raised in Africa before finally settling in Savannah. How has moving around influenced your music?
My music lacks a regional sound to it because of my travel habits as a kid. Even though I’ve been in Savannah as long as I have, you still wouldn’t be able to really identify what part of the country I’m from based off the music alone. I pretty much take that approach to it, i represent myself and not any particular neighborhood.
As a child, what did you dream of becoming as an adult?
From the age of 9 until 17 I had every intention of drawing/writing comic books for a living. It was all I ever wanted to do until I started rapping my last year of high school. I’ve been living with that inner conflict of what I like doing more ever since.
Do you get nervous before performances?
I never get nervous about performing. It just don’t happen to me. I imagine that perhaps it did when I first started, but that was so long ago that at this point it’s 10 years of repeat action, muscle-memory when I get on stage. I just flip a switch a few minutes before I go on and I’m just “Knife” and completely in the zone.
If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be?
My rhymes over an albums worth of Trent Reznor produced hip hop beats would be a thing of beauty.
What is one thing in the music industry that you wish you didn’t have to deal with?
I have to say networking. I like for the contact and connections I have with people to be real and organic, so in this day and age of “maximum exposure” networking is an annoying task for someone with lacking social skills like myself.
What is your biggest challenge being a musician in Savannah?
I imagine there’s a ton of challenges for a savannah musicians but I can only look through the lens of a rapper. As a rapper, I’m only considered a musician if you really take hip hop seriously as an art form… lets just say that Savannah hasn’t necessarily caught that train yet.
Name a few of your favorite hangouts.
Hip Hop night at the Jinx on tuesday is always dope. I get my gear from Elev8ed on Broughton and you can catch me over at The Sparetime and HangFire Bar when I feel like drinking.
What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Being polite. I’ve had people telling me how “awesome” I am at drawing and rapping my entire life, so I’ve had plenty of time to self-indulge and be a scumbag. These days though, I take pleasure out of holding a door open, showing a tourist directions and saying “ma’am” and “sir” at the end of sentences.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I don’t like looking into the future like that. All I hope is that when I’m done with everything, whatever that may mean… people recognize me as one of the best that ever did it. Period. That recognition can mean industry success, underground success or even musical obscurity but the work that you put out will last for as long as people are able to hear it. So when they hear mine, I want them thinking “knife is dope”. That happens, I’ll die happy.
What do you like and dislike about living in Savannah?
Love the weather. Love the women. Dislike the number of cops. I mean, we gotta be safe and all but I’ve lived in third world dictatorships and it wasn’t as big a police-state as savannah can seem sometimes. Especially for it’s size.

To see more of Knife: Facebook , YouTube and Tumblr.


Flashback Friday! Hands-On with Troy Wandzel

You are a graduate of SCAD with a BFA in Illustration, how has your education helped shape your art?
After graduating, I realized I had no interest in the process that an illustrator has to go through to be published. I was fortunate to have some very talented and knowledgeable painting professors while attending school, because of them I am able to exist as a working artist.
If you could visit a studio of any living or deceased artist, whom would it be?
Bacon, Freud, or Giacometti. Where they created was simply an extension of themselves and their work.
What type of music gets the creativity flowing for you?
Slayer during the day, Cecilia Bartoli in the evening.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere. If someone needs to search/find inspiration, they should go be a garbage man.
What advice can you give to young artist wanting to make their mark in the art world?
Whatever you do, do it always.

Troy Wandzel can be found on:  tumblr & facebook

Flashback Friday! Hands-On with Meredith Sutton

Who is your favorite jewelry designer?
In the diamond world, Todd Reed has always been a favorite. But it’s worth mentioning that I graduated with some highly talented students from the jewelry department at SCAD. I’m a big fan of Melanie Clarke, Heather Wynn, Kristi Sword, PJ Chen, Amy Pilkington, Megan Clark, Katie Finn… the list goes on. We had some dynamic professors who helped us shape our work. I have to give a shout out to them: Nell Keys, Kim Tatalick, and Jay Song.
You sometimes work with shotgun shells (bullets), have you ever use a gun?
Of course! Didn’t you know that I was an Indian princess? I was target shooting by age 7. Later in my life, my friend Lou, would take me. These days, my shells have been showing up at my studio door. I guess my friends like firearms.
What’s your favorite jewelry you’ve made and did you keep it for yourself?
Like every artist, I have a handful of pieces that I really love. But the work I create is meant to be shared with others, so I never end up keeping anything. My Mother, somehow, seems to always end up with most cherished pieces.
What’s a favorite hobby of yours?
I’m a nester so I love working on my home. It was a diamond in the rough when I bought it in 2008 and I have been pinching away a different projects ever since.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Some of my work is purely based on design and form. Others times, I base a piece on an object, one that I have been given or something I have found. Sometimes a piece tells a story that reflects on a moment in my life. Needless to say, I am heavily influenced by what is happening around me.

Meredith Sutton:

Flashback Friday! Cocktails And Crafting (DIY Peter Pan Collar for your Pooch)

Peter Pan Collar for your Pooch
Scissors (regular and shears)
Accessories for taste (buttons, sequins, glitter, etc)

Start out by printing out our template, which you can download here.

Cut out the template and pin down to your fabric of choice. We preferred using a thicker felt or wool as it doesn’t fray as easily, however lighter fabrics can be used by cutting with pinking shears. Remember, the template is just one side, so after you cut out one piece, be sure to rotate and cut another collar piece!

Note: You won’t need much fabric for this DIY, so a fat quarter is typically all that you need. Please keep in mind that our template is just that, standard, so you may need to re-size according to your pooch size. A sweet little boston terrier will need a smaller collar than a giant mastiff!

After the collar pieces are cut, and slits are added on each side for the ribbon ties, pick out corresponding ribbon and make a knot to the backside of one collar piece. Take the free end of the ribbon and knot it to the back of the second collar, adjusting size as needed for your pooch’s neck. Feel free to get creative with the tie and ribbon. For a smaller pooch you can knot both collar ends together allowing no extra space, then secure with a big bow. You can even tie together several strands of ribbon for a jazzier look!
Once the back ends are securely tied, you have the same tying options for the front, and the ability to make the length of ribbon as needed.
Once the back ends are securely tied, you have the same tying options for the front, and the ability to make the length of ribbon as needed.

Marvel at your pooch’s beauty as they wiggle around!

The Dog Days of Summer Shandy
Wheat Beer
Store bought or freshly squeezed lemonade

Pour each glass 1/2 -3/4 full of your favorite ice cold wheat beer and then top off with chilled lemonade! That’s it! Now it’s time to sit back and watch your fur friends enjoy their new Peter Pan Collars!