The studio is closing at the end of March 2019

All good things must come to an end

There’s no easy way to say it, but after nearly 13 years, the studio in Egg will close at the end of March 2019 and Ira and Bridget are going on to open new ventures in their respective home towns. We are sad to be saying goodbye to the many lovely people who have supported us over the years, and so sorry to disappoint our regular students, but hope to keep in touch and to see you in Baden and Flims.

Classes will continue as usual until the end of March, so we hope you’ll make the most of the studio in the meantime, and if you have an abonnement, be sure to use it up before we close.

Our new ventures
Ira is excited to be opening a studio gallery in Baden’s old town, where she will create and exhibit her own work and the work of four to six guest artists each year. More information about the opening will be available very soon.

Bridget plans to do something similar in the mountain resort town of Flims, with the addition of workshops for holiday guests and locals and a shop selling a small range of art materials and hand-made items. She hopes to launch in time for the start of the summer season in 2019.

Both of us are looking forward to working closer to home and becoming more deeply involved in our local communities.

Hot wax, cool collages

Bridget spent two days in July at a workshop run by artist Sonja Schmid. The subject was creating abstract collages using layers of paper, hot wax, needle and thread, as well as paint, charcoal, etc. Great fun and the results were wonderful. You can have a go at this technique at an Open Studio session – just send a message in advance so we can be sure the equipment is ready for you.

Screenprinting

New to the studio this autumn: a Thermofax screen maker! Now we can make custom screens for screen printing on paper and textiles in a matter of seconds. The results are amazing. First chance to give it a go will be on Wednesday September 13th, 10.00 – 13.00. Sign up now!

Art Basel 2015

Art Basel is the world’s biggest contemporary art fair, and it takes place in Basel every June.

This year, Bridget will be taking a group to Art Basel for the day, by train, on June 18th.

If you’d like to join us, please send an email.

For more info about Art Basel, follow this link

Bridget’s Schedule for August 2015 to June 2016

Bridget’s plan for the next “art year” is slightly different from previous years as she plans to take some extended vacations during the year to do some off-season travelling. On the other hand, when she is in Egg, she’ll be working harder: 1 evening and 3 mornings a week!

The plan is to run Open Studio on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings; Foundation Course on Tuesday mornings and special workshop series on Wednesday mornings.

Bridget will be travelling for 4 weeks in November 2015 and will add 2 weeks on to the usual 2 week Easter break, returning the last week in April. In the meantime, Joanne Finnegan will run Bridget’s Open Studio sessions while she’s away.

Full details about classes and dates can be found under activities and events and  studio schedule

 

busy with company workshops!

Previously, we’ve run workshops for Coca Cola, ABB and NewRe. In the last month we’ve done two company workshops.

The first was run by Ira for a small group at Swarovski’s beautiful office in Männedorf.

The second was for a large group from swissQuant AG, which was held at Giardino Verde in Uitikon Waldegg above Zürich. This one was designed for 49 people divided into six groups, each of which had to paint 2 or 3 differently sized, pre-drawn canvases. At the end of two hours, the 13 finished canvases were arranged to reveal the mystery subject – a Nautilus shell drawn according to the sequence of numbers worked out by the mathematician Fibonacci (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13, 21, 34, 55, etc.), which describe a logarithmic spiral that is found in many natural objects from shells to pineapples, to constellations etc. and a rule of proportion known as the Golden section, that has been used by artists for centuries. The workshop was designed to appeal to a company of mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists, and the colours were chosen to harmonise with the corporate identity.

The finished painting, 3.4 meters across and 2.1 meters from top to bottom is shown below. The workshop was conducted with the help of three fellow artists Joanne Finnegan, Lizi Hill and Wiktor Mielniczuk.

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The smallest of the 13 canvases, with the painting plan. This little one took the longest to paint!

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Wiktor explains the task at hand to his two teams.

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Teamwork

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Joanne gives advice and doles out more paint

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Mixing colours isn’t easy, but this group is doing very well!

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Hard at work, making decisions, sharing the task, controlling quality

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Nearing completion, using the hairdryer

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Precision painting and perfect colours

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“Maybe it’s a tropical plant – we are in a greenhouse after all.” Doing a fantastic job!

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Lizi shows how to paint neat edges

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Still working on the smallest canvas: the most colour variety, smallest shapes and great precision.

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Finished! Nautilus shell 3.4m x 2.1m

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Lizi and Bridget comparing the finished painting with the mini original



 

 

kindergartners visit the studio

We had 37 excited kindergartners from the nearby international school at the studio recently. They came as part of their unit of enquiry into communication and we spent time with them looking at a variety of works of art created at the studio and responding to them, before doing a painting exercise using stencils, acrylic paint and markers.

Below are some of the delightful artworks they created:

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