It has been almost a year since my last update on my website. It has grown stagnant in that nothing has been in forward motion since The Brain Project. I became ill. Not that this was something to moan over, more along the lines that it was something to recognise, accept, and slowly improve. It has only been now, of which has gave me enough energy to begin carving, albeit in short stints and minor works. I am proud of them, unleashing a different direction into the spiritual realm and appreciating the difficult moments I have endured with this illness. Incense burners, which I am no stranger to in my daily life, have become a part of the carving family. Providing a sense of stability in myself *as incense burns in the background*. In any case, my goal after The Brain Project carving - 250lbs worth of limestone, was to continue on a grandeur fashion. To complete in full my "Carved Anatomy" project and to build a commentary around it regarding mental health. Though this is still to come, though, much longer than expected. I had to listen to my true mental and body health. That this has become more personal than intended. This past month has been my first step into the studio as a different person. A revived and still healing person. A person who sees the benefits for her own rehabilitation, which in turn, will assist others in theirs. The commentary is growing and I hope you will continue to follow Carved Anatomy in its journey along with partake in the ride.
Soooo, in saying that shirts are now being produced for the project! Check out this handsome model...haha (He has no idea this is online). Colours are currently black or teal/Caribbean blue with a bone coloured logo.
On the back: TeaFolmeg Studio ~Carved Anatomy~
New updates are occurring weekly on the TeaFolmeg/Carved Anatomy Etsy Site
ENJOY! AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH, SUPPORTING, AND BEING A TRUE FRIEND!
THANK YOU!! --> To everyone who voted, passed on the knowledge, engaged in the Baycrest support and learned more about Alzheimer's, dementia and mental health.
I appreciate the support beyond words, you all have made my with heart swell. You are all amazing and I will update in regards to further developments of the project! There is still the auction for fundraising and another site for exposure/showcasing come October.
Thank you, thank you, thank you - you all made it happen. Managed to get up to 1434 votes (second place) and that is something to be said for a small town sculptor. Excited to see what will come next!
Thank you to Todmorden Mills for housing "Petrification". Truly a beautiful site for the stone brain. It was an honour. **If you have yet to visit this historical location, please do, it is an excellent example of fine art, history, architecture and wilderness combined.
Thank you to The Brain Project / Baycrest Foundation for this inspirational project driving the public's awareness regarding such an important subject matter. It was an honour to be chosen as one of the 50 artists involved in this phenomenal display of talent, love and education. I hope our relationship grows from here.
Much love, kindness and compassion,
Two more weeks left for VOTING! If you are keep to vote for me please click on this link: http://www.brainproject.ca/portfolio/tiffany-folmeg/
What happens AFTERWARDS?
The brains will be taken off their proud locations to be photographed for an online auction. Proceeds go directly to the Baycrest Foundation for support, research and innovation regarding Alzheimer's and dementia.
They will be on public display in one location with details to come these coming weeks! Exciting and both sad to see this project dismantled. Thank you again for all your votes, encouragement and assistance!
Much love xo
Tiffany and the Limestone Brain
It has been an adventurous month for both Carved Anatomy and "Petrification" for the Brain Project. This past weekend I set up my organs and necklaces at Kempenfest of which was a fruitful long weekend. Lots of vendors, sights, sounds and especially the crowd. There were deep conversations of which brought light to connections by way of my work.
The brain was the show pleaser - people wanted to stop and touch it, reminisce with it, enchant it, and support it. They shared stories from various walks of life. Those with previous brain injuries, family whom live with dementia an Alzheimer's, general mental health and alternative/experiential education advocates. Those who are general practitioners, neurological expertise, educators, nurses, RMTs, dieticians, mental health advocates, and interested public came to relay their connection with the brain and then the heart on display. It was a magical connection - one that will certainly drive my work.
Now, I stand at just under 700 votes. It will be tricky to stay at the top of artists as there are a few gaining ground. Especially due to their incredible work and similar stories. I hope to reach the top to continue advocating, educating, learning, listening and inspiring those touched so deeply by way of mental/body health. I would be honoured to continue this work on a grander scale, be supported by the community and further the reach for this important cause. Let's work together to help Baycrest and vote for me HERE //or// www.brainproject.ca/portfolio/tiffany-folmeg.
Me & my brain "Petrification" below:
KEMPENFEST was overall fantastic - it inspired me make this brain pendant. It later sold the next day while being an artisan this past civic long weekend.
Thank you and have a stellar day!
Yesterday, my aunt went for a bike ride to Todmorden Mills, where the brain I carved for Baycrest and The Brain Project is located. Her photography is always stunning - especially those that capture reflection. Perhaps she channels Lee Friedlander or Vivan Maier while capturing such beautiful images. To you, thank you, for taking the time and effort to visit my piece and specifically take pictures with your masterful eye of creativity!
If you would like to visit my piece is resides: https://www.google.com/maps?q=Todmorden+Mills+toronto
To Vote for my work as Top Artist: http://www.brainproject.ca/portfolio/tiffany-folmeg/
This is truly amazing! Within two weeks since the voting commenced on www.brainproject.ca - all you wonderful supporters managed to lift me to 300 votes as of today! Of course, it will be a long shot to gain speed on Matt Bellamy of #muse. However, the intentions and dream are there - I hope to be in the top 5 by the end of August.
Keep it up fans, the support is recognised and truly appreciated!
The public are able to VOTE @ Artists Profile Page. My page specifically can be found HERE - where you have the opportunity to vote for me. Please have a gander at the amazing work artists and collaborators alike have created. They are astonishing! Certainly a high grade of talent and ingenuity has been bestowed upon The Brain Project installation. Otherwise have a visit around Toronto - The Map gives a better understanding of the locations downtown. They range from The Distillery to Nathan Phillips Square to Evergreen Brickworks to Indie 88 and so on. I have been gifted the wonderful opportunity to have my brain sculpture found amongst the trails, trees and history at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. Please enjoy and take a stroll or bike ride amongst the beauty in the Don Valley. Truly a bustling forest tucked in the core of the city centre.
Below is the final piece shot by the amazing Toni Hafkenscheid
Take a look at The Brain Project launch on facebook. Fairly neat brains part of the campaign. You can check out the locations across Toronto here and have a look at the each artist's brain here.
The Brain Project that will be opening June 3rd and going until the end of August. The project website is brainproject.ca and my image is on the first page. You can vote for me/my work for the people's choice. I would love to get the word out there in regards to this fantastic cause.
Please feel free to share with anyone you think would be appreciative of the project. I have attached images for you to see the final. Other artists work can be found here. Also here is the link to find the location: http://www.brainproject.ca/portfolio/tiffany-folmeg/
Thanks and keep well!!
I highly doubt this is how nature develops brain folds, but my Dremel was happy to participate. Sadly, I went through three Dremels in the process of carving the cranium. This is certainly usual - two of them were returned due to faulty wiring. The final one was my gem and has worked overtime for me. Despite that, this is the beginning of the brain taking shape. Diamond cutting discs are a gem. Expensive but a gem! Eating through limestone like nobody's business.