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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Lo Bue Workshop #7: A FLARE FOR TUBING

Finally, in my list of new workshops to debut this month:


A custom-made tube-rivet is a rare combination of aesthetic beauty and functional utility. Spend an evening with jeweler Keith Lo Bue and learn to make this simple and elegant connector that will take your work to another level!

Where and when:

September 23rd, 2011:
Art Is...Petaluma - Petaluma, California   Info Here

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Lo Bue Workshop #6: SETTING A RECORD - Or, A Lesson In Entrapment.

My sixth brand-new workshop, to premiere in Danbury, CT this October:

SETTING A RECORD. Or, A Lesson In Entrapment.

Discover a myriad of ways to cage, cradle, encase, snare and otherwise set the most unlikely of gemstones: the found object. This exciting 2-day workshop takes participants on a spontaneous and thrilling journey of connecting materials of their own choosing to create utterly one-of-a-kind settings. Join artist Keith Lo Bue and learn to elevate the humblest cast-off to the status of a jewel.

Where and when:

October 7th-8th, 2011: Art Is...Who - Danbury, Connecticut   Info Here

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Fifth in the list of new classes starting next month:

Unfinished Business

Anyone who's made assemblage artwork has got at least a few pieces that just seemed to peter out, and remain in an artistic limbo of incompleteness. 

In this brand-new workshop led by found-object artist Keith Lo Bue, students will bring those troubled artworks in with the goal of unblocking the flow and seeing them through under Keith's guidance.  A group process will be established, with plenty of individual focus from Lo Bue.

Where and when:

October 9th, 2011: Art Is...Who - Danbury, Connecticut   Info Here

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Lo Bue Workshop #4: LIFE IN THE MIX

Another new workshop premiering next month:


Let found-object jeweler Keith Lo Bue take you into the world of submerging organic materials into pools of epoxy and polyester resins, learning the tips and tricks to get fascinating and beautiful one-of-a-kind imagery.

Where and when:

September 22th, 2011:
Art Is...Petaluma - Petaluma, California   Info Here

October 10th, 2011:Art Is...Who - Danbury, Connecticut   Info Here

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Lo Bue Workshop #3: ALL IN A CORD

Introducing a rather surprising departure from my other workshops:
The fascinating art of kumihimo, or Japanese braiding, has centuries of colourful history. Used long ago to connect the armour of the Samurai warriors as well as to fasten silk kimonos, this easy to learn technique has so many creative possibilities it's mindboggling. 

Join found-object artist (and budding kumi-he-man) Keith Lo Bue as he introduces you to his newest passion in a whirlwind workshop that will have you in knots.

With only a few inexpensive and simple tools, you will learn a creative activity that you can do simply anywhere, at any time. On a airplane or train ride, waiting in a car, even in bed - it's an eminently portable, meditative process that yields exquisite braids for jewelry, journal closures, assemblage and a million other uses.

Note - the Seattle class below is a 2-day intensive, and the Petaluma and Danbury classes are 1-day...

Where and when:

September 26th, 2011:
Art Is...Petaluma - Petaluma, California   Info Here
October 1 - 2, 2011:
Artfest Annex - Seattle, Washington   Info Here

October 10th, 2011:
Art Is...Who - Danbury, Connecticut   Info Here

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Lo Bue Workshop #2: THE WAXED-LINEN SAILOR

Second in my listing of brand-new workshops premiering next month:


 Many artists use waxed-linen thread to bind and attach - but after joining Keith Lo Bue for this day of sailor's rope-rigging techniques scaled down small, you'll want to feature this strong and versatile medium front and center!  

Students will encase, weave and otherwise embellish a host of found materials with these fascinating and beautiful designs. No previous experience needed - just simple tools and enthusiasm.

Where and when:

September 24th, 2011:
Art Is...Petaluma - Petaluma, California   Info Here


New Lo Bue Workshop #1: FORGING: A Smashing Introduction

Here's the first of a series of posts I'll be running in the next week to let you know about SEVEN new workshops I'll be premiering in the US starting next month!

FORGING: A Smashing Introduction

In one action-packed day, artist Keith Lo Bue will give you a good working knowledge of forging (flattening and shaping) wire. You'll learn proper technique, safety and invaluable tricks that will become a vital part of your creative expression... Come find out why so many people are falling in love with their hammers!

The supply list can be found here.

Where and when:

September 25th, 2011:
Art Is...Petaluma - Petaluma, California   Info Here  

October 11th, 2011:
Art Is...Who - Danbury, Connecticut   Info Here

March 16th, 2012:
Art Is...You Sydney - Sydney, Australia   Info Here

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Brand-New Online Workshop: TOOLS OF THE TRADE.

Jewelers, sculptors, mixed media makers, creative explorers of all stripe:  I'm thrilled to announce my first online workshop - TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Essential Tools for Artists. This is the online adaptation of my class of the same name which has been getting rave response in the US and Australia for the last eight years. 

How many of us have a tool - a Dremel, a power drill, a jeweler's saw - that sits, practically unused, in a corner, because we don't know how to properly use it?

In this course, which runs over an eight-week period - July 16 to August 27, 2011 - students will watch practical and detailed demonstrations of drilling and shaping metal, wood, plastic, mica, bone, stone, glass, ceramic and shell safely and efficiently. You'll learn in plain and easy-to-follow detail what tool to use for what material.  In addition, the amazing jeweler's saw will also be explored, with easy-to-follow instruction on how to work with it and understand its basics.

I've been filmed in my studio here in Sydney, where you'll feel like you're sitting in a chair at my side as we thoroughly explore the world of the most essential tools for makers of objects. 

This also marks the first opportunity for those outside the US and Australia to take a workshop with me - I've long yearned to get to Europe to teach, but until that opportunity knocks, this will be the chance. 

The event that the workshop takes place within, called ARTFUL GATHERING, is the first 'online convention' of art classes ever presented. Sixteen teachers' classes will take place under the same virtual roof during those six weeks. An exciting idea, and one I'm proud to be involved with.

So whether you're a beginner in creative exploration, or an old hand looking to get some great new insights into your tools, this workshop is packed with great tips, information - and many of my own low-tech variations on traditional methods - that will enhance your own creative path.

The dates again are July 16 to August 27, 2011.

For more information, and to register:

I hope you'll join me!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Modern Painters: Brian Dettmer's Time-Lapse Altered Book

For those who don't know this amazing artist's work, it's time you do. Dettmer takes cast-off books and cuts them into fantastic tableaux, and always utilizing the text and imagery within, without moving or replacing their original locations. Selectively cutting to expose only certain inside elements, he creates incredibly complex architectural spaces. Truly one of my favorite artists.

I hope Brian will forgive my presumption in changing the soundtrack to his animation. You can see the original here, but I chose for this version to use Pierre Schaffer/Pierre Henry's 1950 tape collage entitled "Symphonie pour un Homme seul ('Symphony for One Man Alone') - Valse", as the sonic spaces allow more concentration on the visual.

Get an eyeful of his work here:


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Everyone needs one...

I just assembled mine a few days ago and can't wait to take it for a walk in the park this weekend.

Like a spider, crab and millipede morphed into an amphibious vehicle, this invention by Dutch artist Theo Jansen mesmerizes by its seemingly effortless movement.

Assembled from a snap-together kit, this gives the average person a hands-on experience of Theo Jansen's awe-inspiring wind-powered constructions. Here it is in my backyard. For once I'm glad it's concrete!

Purchase this model and see Jansen's other marvelous work here:


And check out this hack of the kit here - absolutely hilarious!


Hope you enjoyed this. 

– Keith


Friday, February 25, 2011

A New Podcast Interview

Recorded yesterday via Skype over at the Voodoo Cafe. Apologies in advance for any rather obtuse/diffuse moments, I'm just not a morning person... Thanks, Ricë, for the interview and for the thoughtful questions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Keith Lo Bue cover story in the new 'Belle Armoire Jewelry' magazine

I'm delighted to announce I've got a cover feature - "Keith Lo Bue: Vapors of Memory" - in the new Spring 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.

I was able to supply the magazine with all my own images, and from the look of the cover and spread below, they've respected the work nicely. And the article was written beautifully by Ricë Freeman-Zachary. I hope you can check it out, it's available in stores now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Film by the Brothers Quay

I couldn't resist getting this out for people to see, as the video clip isn't easy to locate online. Here is a trailer for the Quay Brothers' new animated short film, entitled 'Maska', from the Stanislaw Lem book of the same name. Looks to be another beautiful mood piece. The intense score utilizes Krzysztof Penderecki's music.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stuffsmith...now on your nearest iPad.

I'm happy to announce that my other blog, Stuffsmith, has been compiled and expanded into a brand-new electronic book and is available on my website here. Over 350 pages with scores of high-res images. And at 7 bucks, it won't overdraw your account.

Hope you can check it out!