Monthly Archives: October 2012

Only Forward, Like the Shark

October 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

“I have a saying in these meetings, ‘only forward, like the Shark.’” – Kathleen Griffin I am sitting across a desk at Skyscraper, watching Charles Connelly, Jr. He has been on the phone with Canada for an hour, finding us the right sized steel part to conform the the current engineering drawings and making sure [...]

Photo: The Artist and Her Wings

October 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

  The Artist as Model: Kathleen Griffin poses with her large-scale wing drawings at Couture Fashion Week, an event hosted by Black Tie Magazine at the Waldorf Astoria in September.

Do It Like Michelangelo

October 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

“First, you draw a picture the size you would like the sculpture to be, then poke a million tiny holes into the contour lines of the drawing…”   On October 1st I got an email from Kate at Humankind – the molds are done, the first  butterfly should be out of the mold and ready [...]

Photos: Making the Prototype

October 5th, 2012 (No Comments)

As detailed in the previous post, here are some images of the making of the first butterfly protoype at the Humankind workshop in Philadelphia. Thanks again to Kate and Joel from Humankind, along with Charles P. Connelly, Jr. of Skycraper and everyone at Bermco for all your hard work – and all the work that [...]

Philadelphia Freedom – Making the Prototypes

October 1st, 2012 (No Comments)

August 20: I arrive at Humankind in Philly to work with Kate and Joel. Kate and I will be finishing the butterfly patterns in foam and then wax and then they will be laying them up in epoxy resin around the steel, which was constructed by Bermco Steel and overseen by  Charles at Skyscraper. We [...]