Emily Cobb Uses Fantasy To Create Art

November 2, 2012

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is currently featuring a collection of sculptural jewelry designed by Tyler Graduate Emily Cobb.

“I began making jewelry my sophomore year at Tyler when I took a jewelry class as an elective. Before that course, I had no experience making jewelry,” Cobb said.

After receiving her MFA from Tyler, Cobb began focusing on designing jewelry with a story behind each piece.

“I am really inspired by fairy tales and fables. Especially those with a dark undertone or moral to the story, like the original versions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales or Aesop’s fables. Overall, stories are an important part of my creative process,” Cobb said.

These stories inspire Cobb to come up with her own imaginations for her designs.

“I imagine plots and characters that inspire the jewelry’s composition and form, ” Cobb said, “Then I think about material choice, how the work will interact with the body, etc. At this point, the story and the piece are not definitive. The appearance of the characters, or the direction of the plot, may change as the jewelry piece is designed and made.”

Cobb’s jewelry is cast in colored nylon and photopolymers from molds generated by three-dimensional, computer-ailed design (CAD).

“I first design the jewelry pieces on the computer using a 3D modeling program called Rhinoceros, which I learned as an undergraduate at Tyler. When I finish building the digital 3D model, I send the file to a 3D printer,” Cobb said, “Finally, once I receive my 3D printed parts, I dye and assemble the pieces.”

Cobb credits Tyler with allowing her to be creative with her designs.

“My time at Tyler continues to help me immensely when designing and creating my work. The ability to work closely with 3D printers in the Metal/Jewelry/CAD-CAM really helped me understand the process. In addition, the professors teach and encourage innovative approaches to making jewelry, which continues to push me to explore new mechanisms, forms, and materials when designing my work, ” Cobb said.

Her designs will be on display until December 10. Viewers of her show can also write their own stories and captions for her pieces in books at stations in the exhibition.

“The pieces in my show are all narrative-based, and a book accompanies each piece with a descriptive title and caption on the cover. Within the book are black pages where the viewers are encouraged to write their own interpretations of stories behind each piece, ” Cobb said.

Every week, Cobb will photograph and upload the viewer’s submissions to her Tumblr website.

To view these submissions visit http://legendsjewelryexhibition.tumblr.com/ and to learn more about Emily Cobb’s work visit http://www.emily-cobb.com/


Stella Elkins Tyler Dedicated Her Life to Art

October 17, 2012

If you have ever wandered into the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, maybe you wondered where the name comes from. Stella Elkins Tyler was a sculptor who was extremely dedicated to arts education. Due to her commitment, she established the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, as well as the Bucks County Community College.

Tyler was nearly fifty years old by the time she became a professional and serious sculptor. Throughout her life, she created 150 different sculptural designs. Most of which started out as plaster models before they were cast into bronze. Her work represents the positive strides that were made by women sculptors in the early twentieth century.

Stella Elkins Tyler was born in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, in an area owned and named after her paternal grandfather, William Lukens Elkins. He was an original partner of Standard Oil, and a shareholder in Philadelphia’s street railroads. However, Elkins is most notable for his collection of European paintings, now owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Growing up, Tyler received her education through tutors. She focused her studies on humanities, but put an emphasis on painting, sculpture, history, drama, and music. She spent one year at the Ogontz School in Philadelphia before traveling to France in 1901. At Dicudonne, a private school on the outskirts of Paris, Tyler became fluent in the French culture and language. In 1905, she married a Philadelphia banker named George Frederick Tyler.

Her mentor, Boris Blai was a former student of Auguste Rodin. With his help, she became an even better sculptor. Tyler had her first solo exhibition of sculpture in 1935 at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City. Her third, and final, show took place in 1959 at the Woodmere Art Gallery in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

Today, a majority of Stella Elkins Tyler’s work resides at the Bucks Community College. Their collection includes 29 bronze sculptures, two plaster models, and several plaster fragments that have survived since her death in 1963. She is remembered for her establishment of Tyler School of Art and her commitment to the arts.

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Visit the Art Market at Tyler, October 12-13

October 10, 2012

This Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, the Tyler School of Art Alumni Association will be hosting the Art Market at Tyler. It is a featured event during DesignPhiladelphia 2012. The event will showcase works of art created by 28 students, alumni, and other local artists. Their works include ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, and sculptures, with prices ranging from $5 to $3,000. The event will take place in the entire first floor of Tyler’s building, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information about the Art Market at Tyler, visit http://news.temple.edu/news/2012-10-09/art-market-tyler
To learn more about DesignPhiladelphia 2012 and it’s events, visit http://events.designphiladelphia.org/

Tyler Students Create Forum For Discussion Of Art

October 5, 2012

Students at Tyler are taught to open their minds to new ideas and to bring their creativity to life with their work. Sometimes, its productive to have a forum to discuss ideas and create a conversation about art.

That is exactly what juniors Olivia Menta and Larkin Dugan are doing with their discussion group, STOOP.

As described by their website, “STOOP is a discussion series held at the Tyler School of Art. Our interest is to build an interdisciplinary conversation on topics concerning contemporary art as a means to enrich the creative dialogue throughout Philadelphia. By approaching topics as a diverse collective we can explore subjects in greater depth and ultimately yield a much greater and diverse discussion.”

Under the advisement of professors Philip Glahn and Mark Shetabi, both Menta and Dugan work together to run the group and to create an area for discussion.

“I work together with Larkin to develop a prompt for discussion with our peers. Because I am a painting major and Larkin is a sculpture major, it creates an interesting dichotomy to develop questions,” Menta said.

STOOP meetings are held every few weeks on Thursday evenings.

“The next [meeting] will probably be in about a month,” Menta said.

For more information about STOOP and their upcoming events, visit http://stoopattyler.wordpress.com/

Tyler Alum Solo Show Opens October 5

October 5, 2012

Since graduating in 2011, Adam Ledford (BFA Ceramics) has taken part in a series of exhibitions. His latest solo show, Gotta Catch ’em appears in Rittenhouse Square this month.

“The show title refers to the act of obsessively collecting of infinite intangibles, like learning dinosaur names or constellations. We are trained as children to collect objects that serve as substitutes or mementos of experiences or objects, things like basebal cards, matchbox cars, or Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts. For me these activities were more about collecting and knowing the information about different categories of things rather than getting all the trading cards or filling up the coin collection folders,” Ledford said.

The exhibition features a full room version of his previous work entitled Garniture Wall, an arrangement of various pots that Ledford made from memory of specific pots found throughout history.

“The inspiration for this show, Gotta Catch ’em comes from my research into historical ceramics and other domestic objects. I received a Windgate Fellowship in 2011 and was able to travel all along the East Coast and Pacific Northwest of the US, as well as to London and Dubai to study ceramics. In this research I met with curators in a number of museums to look at their institution’s collection in storage to see up close and often handle, feel and smell the pots,” Ledford said.

Testing his recollection of pots that he had seen led to the creation of Gotta Catch ’em.

“At one point during this research I began to questions how much I had learned, truly internalized and knew, the objects I was seeking out. I also wanted to decorate my house in the space between the exposed studs of the walls. So, I began making half pots, with a flat back instead of fully realized in the round, so they would fit on the wall between 2 x 4’s,” Ledford said.

Ledford began with his process by simply trying to remember specific pots and drawing in the clay.

“They are all filtered through my remembrances. They are a physical record of my memory, and for this exhibition I have filled the walls of the gallery with these pots creating my literal mental library,” Ledford said.

Gotta Catch ’em will open October 5 at the Metropolitan Gallery from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will then be another reception on November 2. Ledford’s exhibit will be the first to debut at the new gallery, opening the same day. The intention of the gallery is to showcase young, emerging artists. The exhibit will run until November 18.

To learn more about Adam Ledford and his work, you can visit his website, http://www.adamledford.com/
To find out about the Gallery and Ledford’s exhibit, visit http://blog.metropolitanbakery.com/

Michael Latini as Puppeteer in “How to Train Your Dragon Live!”

September 12, 2012

Tyler School of Art graduate Michael Latini is currently behind the scenes of “How to Train Your Dragon Live! Spectacular.” Since his graduation in 2001, Latini has been working as a puppeteer. He toured the country as a lead puppeteer in the show “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” as well as working on the Philadelphia Zoo and Jim Henson collaboration “X-tinksun,” and touring as the Bear in Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House.”

“How to Train Your Dragon Live!” is based off of the animated film that was released in 2010. The dragons in the show are not computerized, but instead need to be controlled by up to three people. While they are similar to the puppets used in “Walking with Dinosaurs,” these puppets have a greater range of motion and the ability to breathe fire. The show premieres at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on September 12 and will run until the 16.

Original article can be found at http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/2012/09/temple_grad_michael_latini_is.html

Annual Student Show Closing Reception & Mixer

March 26, 2012

Join us Thursday, September 29 from 6 – 9 pm for the Annual Student Show Closing Reception and Student Mixer.  Students from PAFA, UArts and Moore College of Art have been invited to come and see all the wonderful work Tyler students have done!  We’ll have a large spread of food for your enjoyment, jazz music, and other goodies!