Amy West Featured for the Third Time at the Venice Glass Week
Make your own Glass Postcard w/ Róisín de Buitléar and Amy West
Murano, Venice (IT) - AWD Studio, owned by artist-artisan Amy West, will once again participate in the Venice Glass Week celebrating the creativity and wonder of a medium that draws countless visitors from around the globe to Venice, Mestre, and Murano. The high-profile festival’s press conference at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti on June 6th, unveiled the program of events for September 7-15, 2019. Fragile Correspondence is an exhibition of individual and collaborative artworks created through a dialog in glass between artist Róisín de Buitléar in Ireland and Amy West in Italy.
The exhibition explores the fragility of modern day communication, through correspondence, works in glass and print, capturing traces of hand, place, and moment. Róisín de Buitléar is inspired by her cultural heritage and has been working in the medium of glass as a primary material since 1983. Amy West draws on nature and her vast multi-cultural experiences in merging other areas of creativity and artistic interests that brings a unique style to glass that is truly her own. Their featured works highlight the international artists’ showcasing of diverse engraving techniques and tools, in artwork created specifically for Venice Glass Week [theveniceglassweek.com].
In a series of three workshops, the pair will demonstrate how to draw, incise and print a glass negative onto paper postcards.Through the process of printing from glass, people can explore ideas around making time to communicate and create personal Postcards from Venice. Participants will sketch on glass en plein air alongside the canals of Murano. From these sketches, they will create their own glass printing plates which will be printed and then mailed from Murano to destinations around the world! Pre-registration is required.
AWD Studios [amywestdesign.com] in collaboration with Róisín de Buitléar [rdebuitlear.com], invites glass enthusiasts to step inside the showroom space on Murano on September 13th. The exhibition Fragile Correspondence closing vernissage is an opportunity for anyone to stop by AWD Studio, say hello and raise a glass, bringing a warm close to the 2019 Venice Glass Week activities. [Location: AWD Studios, Fondamenta Radi, No. 25; 30141 Murano VE]
In the inaugural year of the Venice Glass Week, Amy West unveiled the Art of Engraving exhibition, and in the second year, Body, Line and Glass activities, in collaboration with Berlin based artist Jacqueline Carley, and model-musician, Irene Graziadia. During the week-long festival, AWD Studio often shares traditional wheel engraving methods on glass blown by Maestro Davide Fuin and gives brief demonstrations. Reservations recommended for visitors wishing to take a guided tour of the Amy West Design studio, tours in Italian, English, and Japanese by Amy, also available in French by Róisín. More info on Artist Amy West, AWD Studio, and the Venice Glass Week activities available online: amywestdesign.com/venice_glass_week_2019/
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Róisín de Buitléar
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Amy West Design Studio
with Guest Artist: Róisín de Buitléar
Fragile Correspondence: Printing on the Edge of Glass exhibits individual and collaborative artworks created through a dialog in glass between Róisín de Buitléar in Ireland and Amy West in Italy. Brought together by chance, the artists connected through their passion for glass engraving, the incised line. Exploring the fragility of modern day correspondence, FRAGILE captures traces of hand, place, and moment, through glass and print. Showing diverse engraving techniques and tools, exhibited works are from ongoing correspondence, created specifically for Venice Glass Week. Glass communications between the artists involved each incising or scratching the surface of glass. Printing these engraved plates creates original artworks on paper, each artists’ personal expressions on the importance of making time to communicate, glass engraving is their common language.
Fragile Correspondence launches AWD Studio’s third year participating in 2019 Venice Glass Week. Róisín and Amy will be demonstrating printing from engraved glass, guests are welcome to print, too! A very exciting guest appearance by paper specialist, internationally acclaimed marbling artist, Alberto Valese-Ebru, demonstrating paper marbling, creating works which will then be printed on with engraved glass. Open to the public, AWD Studio welcomes new and familiar faces to join us as Róisín and Amy discuss the exhibit and AWD workshops. Soft drinks, prosecco and snacks provided, friends, fans and family welcome! Pre-printed postcards will be available, along with stamps; visitors can create their own Fragile Correspondence as part of the Postcards from Venice project, which can be mailed from Venice or Murano. Róisín said smiling, “They’ll be leaving before you do!”
Live Glass printing on the streets of Venice
Postcards from Venice – LIVE, a hands-on mobile printing workshop, public can experience using glass to make personalised printed postcards. Do your own unique postcard, send a special message, a memory of your Venice Glass Week experience, to friends and family.
Geared up with portable printing table, hand-held engraving tools, inks, papers and glass, artists Róisin de Buitléar and Amy West will demonstrate to the public how to print postcards from glass plates en plein air.
Open to all ages to try, LIVE is glimpse of what will happen in 3 extended AWD workshops on Murano. Exploring the fragility of virtual exchange, and the significance of tangible communication, Róisin and Amy demonstrate how physical correspondence captures emotions shared and a sense of place, in vibrant and lasting ways.
PRINTING FROM GLASS: WORKSHOPS
Postcards From Venice is a series of three, 3 hour hands-on workshops. International artists Róisín de Buitléar and Amy West demonstrate how to draw, incise and print a glass negative onto paper postcards. Participants will sketch on glass along Murano canal sides, use basic glass engraving skills and learn glass plate printing. Each one will create their own postcard, which can be mailed from Murano to destinations around the world!
Addressing the fragility of modern correspondence, these activities open discussions on virtual and physical communication. Róisin and Amy share the joy of maintaining physical correspondence through hand-engraved and hand printed materials. The workshops demonstrate how the act of making and sending postcards from Venice, captures time and place more intensely and more enduringly, than popular forms of contemporary correspondence.
FRIDAY FURNACE PARTY
Once again this year, the studio campus on the historical Aureliano Toso glass factory grounds, will open its magic doors to the public. Home to over a dozen small business and glass artisans, this campus is rich in history as well as living glass.
The party evening will be a series of open torch, open wheel and open press activities, sharing glass in figurative and literal “cutting edge” ways, as well as showing very traditional Murano artisanal methods. Refreshments will be provided, some music and lots of various entertainment.
Come mingle with other glass makers, artists, friends and visitors, meet local artisans and masters while sipping on prosecco as the evening sun fades. Visit the workshop and gallery spaces, join in for some music and dancing later.
Everyone is most welcome, it’s fun, creative and informal!
Fragile Correspondence closing vernisage, is an opportunity for anyone to stop by AWD Studio, say hello and raise a glass, bringing a warm close to the 2019 Venice Glass Week activities. This is the time to see and discuss the results of AWD Studio Venice Glass Week activities, reflect on the week, and also share your experiences with new friends and acquaintances.
During the closing, Róisín de Buitléar and Amy West will again have available the possibility of printing from engraved glass, allowing guests to ink up for one last time! We look forward hearing about your experiences during Venice Glass Week, and sharing ours, broadening our communication discussions into new channels.
AWD Studio Closing will have prosecco and snacks available for all – we look forward to seeing you there!