The first word

NOTE: This is the second in a series of posts documenting my process of creating an installation entitled “Lorem ipsum…”. You can see all the posts about this project using the navigation buttons above. Look under Fine Art > Installation Art > Lorem Ipsum.

"a" from "Lorem Ipsum..." © 2012 J. Thomson, all rights reserved I received the test print on fabric on Saturday, much sooner than I expected. These were printed on 100% cotton “quilting weight” fabric, which is the cheapest Spoonflower offers. It looks okay, but I think in the end I might go with something heavier and tighter, something like the organic cotton sateen or linen-cotton canvas.

Since this is just a test, I only ordered a single fat quarter (which is 18″ x 21″). The largest size hoop I can fit on that is a 16″ word, so I chose “indignation”. Continue reading

Lorem Ipsum… (Part 1: Genesis of an idea)

NOTE: This is the first part in a series of posts documenting the progress of an Art installation I am working on with the working title “Lorem Ipsum…”. Look for other posts about it under the heading Fine Art/Installation Art/Lorem Ipsum in the navigation header above.

"man" from Lorem Ipsum... © 2012 by J. Thomson, all rights reserved Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet… is a standardized passage of dummy text used since the 16th century by printers and graphic designers in place of actual text, when creating a layout or typeface for example.

As a fine artist and graphic designer, I often use text in my artwork. I like the additional layers of meaning pieces of text can contribute to a painting or collage, but the whole content of the piece never relies on the text alone. Although the line between graphic design and art is sometimes blurred, for me it is a question of what takes precedence in a piece: the text/typography, or the art/graphics. It is the marriage of both that creates the visual content of the pieces I create.
"blame" from Lorem Ipsum... © 2012 J. Thomson All rights reservedLast week, I was brainstorming for some ideas for a new series of artwork I wanted to create. Continue reading

Text in Art (or, What an unwelcome horse taught me about art)

Horse painting © 1997 J. Thomson, all rights reserved

Ever since my early painting classes as an undergraduate in art school, I have been interested in incorporating text in my work. Using text in contemporary artwork is nothing new, and some artists use text exclusively. I’ve been inspired by the works of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Cy Twombly, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, and the Dada collages of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, to name a few artists who used text in some of their artworks. I am intrigued by the possibility of adding additional layers of meaning to a piece through the use of text. Such uses have the potential to support the main idea of a piece, or contradict it; either usage is valid. The use of text in visual artwork can also serve to make the piece more accessible to the general public.  I think of it as a way of giving the viewer another handle to hold onto when grappling with the piece.

One of my early painting professors, Erin Palmer, offered a critique of a text painting I made as an undergraduate by asking whether the painting could be successful if the text wasn’t readable (ie, if it were in another language, or if it were illegible text). Continue reading

Cape Cod Light paintings at Nichols-Berg Gallery through Jan 2012

Cape Cod Light #9 © 2008 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Cape Cod Light #9 by J. Thomson
6″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas

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Retro Holidays Fabrics

Retro Holidays fabric, © 2011 by J. Thomson All rights reserved.

Retro Holidays Fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved Continue reading

Untitled 2011.2 (Round Impasto)

Untitled 2011.2 © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reservedUntitled 2011.2 (Round Impasto) by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

Arc 2011.3

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Arc 2011.3 by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

Untitled 2011.1 (Round Impasto)

Untitled #1 (Round Impasto) © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reservedUntitled 2011.1, (Round Impasto), by J. Thomson © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

Retro Holidays Apron DIY Project

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Retro Holidays Apron Project, by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading

Pen Pals (fabric design)

Pen Pals © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reservedPen Pals fabric, by J. Thomson. © 2011 All rights reserved. Continue reading