Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Dream Come True - My Article in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine

I have been enamoured with one magazine for several years now. This love affair with Cloth Paper Scissors started slowly, smoldering as my collection of issues grew, and finally engulfed me after I gave birth to my eldest daughter, Quinlyn. I nursed her on demand, and she demanded so much that she was 26 pounds by 6 months old, and I felt literally trapped under a baby most of the time. I longed so much to work on my art, but never really had the energy, something that most people who know me will never hear me admit. I normally have oodles of energy! The time was bittersweet, since I loved my baby and most parts of being a new mother, but I missed my freedom. Making art is up there with the things that I need to do to live, like breathe and eat. I am not me when I am not being creative. I had some commitments, to a gallery show here and there, and I made what I could, but it was not nearly as much as I was used to. So, I decided if I couldn't physically make as much art as I wanted to, I would be creative in other ways, such as by cooking, photographing my baby, and by reading, reading, reading about techniques I wanted to try. The cooking and photographing came easy, as did the devouring of new techniques, but it was sheer agony not to be able to actually make much. The magazines that I spent the most time reading and rereading, next to Mothering and Vegetarian Times, were Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Studios. It was at that time that I made myself the goal of bring published in a magazine. As a photographer I had been featured in several newspapers. And since then, I have had work in Filament, Highline, and PhotoEd Magazines, as well as in the book, 1,000 Ideas for Creative Reuse. All awesome but my heart skipped a beat the day I received my advanced copies of the 37th Issue of CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS, the one that I wrote the Workshop article on Fuji film transfer processes for. I am so happy, proud, amazed (I am still pinching myself that I have been working with the amazing people at Interweave!!) and excited. I own every single issue of this magazine, I even has my mixed media quilt, I Need Your Kindness, appeared in the Muse Flash section several issues ago, but now I am one of only a small number of artists who have shared their knowledge in a Workshop article. CPS even challenged me to make a video of the technique to go with the article. I am on cloud nine. Thanks so much, CPS, Jenn Mason, & Barbara Delaney!

I have worked with Fuji and Polaroid film processes for over 10 years. I have always wanted to write about it...

I love this image of Editor, Jenn Mason, with her vintage Polaroid Land Camera from Ebay...

My bio, fun stuff!

Page one of the article, with two assemblages I made to accompany it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mountain Art & Craft Sale at The Banff Centre

Memories #1 
Encaustic Collage by Tiffany Teske

I have been gearing up all week for the 2011 Mountain Art & Craft Sale, this weekend, Saturday, October 29th, & Sunday, October 30th. This will be the second year I sell my work at this sale, which is in conjunction with the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. A great place to find unique Christmas items made by mountain artists from Alberta & British Columbia, the sale takes place in the RBC Lobby of the Eric Harvey Theatre. With close to 30 artists, you can find blown glass, paintings, fibre art, photography, clothing items and more, all made by hand. Come see me this weekend, if you can, and meet all the wonderful people who make this show a place that locals look forward to shopping year after year. Hours on Saturday are 11 AM - 7:30 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM - 5:30 PM. I will have encaustic collage, Polaroid transfers, silver spoon assemblages, bird nest & glass tile pendants, and magnets, available.

Glass Tile Ring by Tiffany Teske 

Polaroid Transfer by Tiffany Teske

Bird Nest Pendant 
by Tiffany Teske 

Spoon Assemblage by Tiffany Teske 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My YouTube Video - Fuji Emulsion Lifts & Transfers

I have stared in a YouTube video. I guess it was time for that experience... I recently wrote an article on Fuji emulsion lifts and transfer, which will appear in the Workshop section of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine's November/December issue. The editor, Jenn Mason, asked me if I would be willing to make a YouTube video of the process, to link to the article. I enlisted a friend, Jason MacQueen, who filmed it for me. The subject matter is pretty specific, but if you feel like watching it, please let me know what you think...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Featured in the Light Leaks Gallery, the LAST Issue, Sniff, Sniff....

Light Leaks Magazine, Issue 19, Secrets

Light Leaks, Issue #19, arrived in my mailbox yesterday. It was a bittersweet moment, because I knew one of my images was being featured in the gallery, but I also knew it was the last issue ever. Yet another one of my favourite magazines is no longer being printed. Here is what Mike Barnes and his wife, Rachel, had to say about their decision, in an email sent out about 2.5 months ago:

"As you know, we have struggled to keep Light Leaks in print over the past year. We had an excellent plan—with the addition of the Light Leaks Shop and Holgapalooza we felt the financial difficulties could be resolved. Unfortunately those additions required more of our own time. With a growing young family, free time has quickly become our most precious commodity.

While we enjoyed working on Light Leaks over the years, we have come to a point where we must focus on our own careers to support our family. My own interest in toy camera photography has always been a hobby, not a profession. Unfortunately as much as I loved putting together Light Leaks I spent most of my time putting together a magazine about toy cameras, but not actually being able to use those toy cameras myself!

Contributing to each issue of Light Leaks magazine was (I think) an excellent use of my time, and I think all those who contributed will feel the same way. It was always a labour of love for an end product that never lacked in quality. For all of you that have been scoffed at for wielding your beloved low-fi cameras, Light Leaks represented you and why you love what you do.

For current subscribers, you believed in us, and we thank you for that. We would be honoured to have you consider your unfulfilled subscription a donation into helping us pay our final printing payments. We can offer you some of the remaining back issues that we have left, or some of the digital versions we have created (which also includes The Toycam Handbook), however supplies are limited. In addition to creating some revenue from the digital issues, we have had to sell off our entire store inventory to help get this last issue to you.

We will be closing the Light Leaks shop, but keeping www.lightleaks.org open along with links to the digital versions.

We want to thank you all for supporting our humble magazine, and especially to those who contributed over the years, particularly Gary Moyer, Steph Parke, and of course my wife, Rachel who did a lot of the work behind the scenes. Best to you all in your future low-fi photographic adventures!

Mike Barnes (toycamera@rogers.com)"

My little one...

...hamming it up

My image, Talking Walls, is a Holgaroid double exposure, made using a Holga CNF 120 with a Polaroid back. The original image is on chocolate Type 80 film from impossible project, which has shades of brown and pink, but it was printed in black and white for the magazine.
 My photography also appeared in Issue 13, Road Trip and Issue 14, Childhood.
Goodbye, Light Leaks. You were a stellar Canadian publication that toy camera lovers around the world will always remember fondly. Thanks so much!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Preview of My Work in the Florescence Show, Currently On at Cube Gallery in Ottawa

Dance Passionately Through Life (or I also like to call it Ghost of the Dance)
Encaustic Collage on Wood

I love living in Banff, but my old art stomping grounds are Ottawa, Ontario & Chelsea/Wakefield, Quebec, and sometimes, I miss it and the lovely people I know from there. I still show my work in these locations, most frequently at Cube Gallery in Ottawa, for at least two group shows a year, when I am on top of things. The current show, Florescence, is a show about flowers. I have 10 Polaroid transfers, 4 encaustic collages, and 2 collages on canvas in this show. I WISH I could attend the opening on Sunday afternoon, because one of my oldest Ottawa art friends (I mean how long we have known each other, not her age) Mahshid Farhoudi, is the show, too. Mahshid and I used to share a studio on Preston Street in Ottawa. Those were the days... Barbara Gamble, an artist I admire, is also in this show. And the people on the guest list are a whose who of Cube and Ottawa artists I know including Ruth Secunda, Sandra Hawkins, Vivian Tytor, Pam Connolly, Violeta Borisonik, Patrick John Mills, and of course, the owner of Cube, Don Monet. I wish, yet again, that I could somehow teleport myself to this opening to see all the beautiful work. If you are interested in what I have in the show, scroll down to see my offerings...

Collage on Canvas

Arms of the Angels
Encaustic Collage on Wood

Polaroid transfer original

Once Upon A Time
Polaroid Transfer Original

Polaroid Transfer Original

Storehouse & Nursery of Bastardy
Encaustic Collage on Wood

Polaroid Transfer Original

Days Gone By
Polaroid Transfer Original

Time Passes Quickly
Polaroid Transfer Original

Geisha Girls
Encaustic Collage on Wood

It Came To Me In A Dream
Polaroid Transfer Original

Please Come See Me
Polaroid Transfer Original

Give Up Every Preconceived Notion
Collage on Canvas

Today I Thought Of You
Polaroid Transfer Original

Polaroid Transfer Original

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Florescence - Cube Gallery, Ottawa - September 6th to October 2nd, 2011

Give Up Every Preconceived Notion by Tiffany Teske
Collage on canvas

16 pieces of my work are in the following show. 10 are Polaroid transfers, 4 are encaustic collage, and 2 are collage on canvas. I will be uploading images of them all here in the next couple days. For now you can see them in this Facebook album...

September 6 – Oct. 2, 2011
At Cube Gallery
( n. the process of blooming and flowering )

Vernissage: Sunday, Sep 11th, 2011 — 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

They can be an expression of adoration or remorse; happiness or sadness; re-birth or bereavement . The language of flowers is vast, ancient and mysterious, yet somehow always fresh.
Join the dialogue at Cube Gallery from Sept. 6 – Oct. 2 as we present Florescence, a show that celebrates, explores and delivers flowers.
This group will feature some of Canada’s most distinguished still life artists including:
Barbara Gamble, Tiffany Teske, Gary Bowes, Janet Moore, Paul Schibli, Julia McDonald, Mashid Farhoudi, Beth Levin, Nicholas Abusow, Pina Manoni-Rennick.


6 septembre - 2 octobre 2011

Vernissage:Dimanche le 11 septembre 2011 – 14h à 17h

Elles peuvent être une expression d’adoration ou de remords; de joie ou de tristesse; de renaissance ou de deuil. Le langage des fleurs est vaste, ancien et mystérieux, mais toujours frais.
Venez participer au dialogue à la galerie Cube, du 6 septembre au 2 octobre, alors que nous vous présentons Floraison, une exposition qui célèbre, explore et vous livre des fleurs.
Ce groupe présentera des artistes parmi lesquels sont les plus distingués dans l’art de la nature morte.
Barbara Gamble, Tiffany Teske, Gary Bowes, Janet Moore, Paul Schibli, Julia McDonald, Mashid Farhoudi, Beth Levin, Nicholas Abusow, Pina Manoni-Rennick