The theme of this year's 2010 Winter CHA Trade Show is the Global Marketplace. Thirty CHA Designer members were given an opportunity to make something for the Global Display on the trade show floor.
Designers were able to choose from 30 countries to represent on a first come basis. Since I was sitting at my computer when the email call went out, I jumped on the opportunity and asked please, oh please, oh pretty please could I have France.
I love France. My passion for art stems from a trip to Paris when I was a junior in college. Being a Liberal Arts major, I had to take 2 years of a foreign language. An opportunity to spend a summer in Paris learning the language from my University of Arizona professors and live as an exchange student, literally, changed my perception of the world. I spent every afternoon in the world's most amazing museums, teaching myself how to look at art.
I've visited France twice since my summer abroad. Last trip was with my family in the summer of 2008 where we spent two weeks in Provence and three days in Paris. I took hundreds and hundreds of photographs during this trip. Many are the standard tourist shots, but a lot are funky and unusual and different so I can use them in my college, assemblage and jewelry.
My Global Display assemblage is a heavy, metal Eiffel Tower statue that I found at Ross. I decided to alter it by adding some resin, some bailing wire and a few of my photographs that I did a simple transfer method on. I also made some mixed media paper and "glued" the transfer images to the paper with gel medium.
As you can see, it was snowing the day I photographed the project. Also I was in a huge hurry to get everything done, so the photo is just a quick shot to show the work. It will look a lot better once it gets put into the glass showcase on the CHA show floor.
If you get a chance to see the display, please take a moment to look at all 30 of the ideas my Designer peers came up with. It's such a treat to see the crazy amazing talent that's the heart and soul of CHA.