Laura's Blog

Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

A little peek

Work in progress shot by Laura Chenault

A glimpse into an assemblage I'm working on. It will be part of a day of the dead altar I'm making for the Day of the Dead exhibit at Mission Cultural Center this year.

Plans for a wearable Book

Planning for a wearable book by Laura Chenault

I've been wanting to share more process shots and glimpses into my sketchbooks, so here's a doodle of me scheming a wearable book piece. My plan is to unveil it at the X Libris show curated by MicroClimate Collective at Root Division. I'll be wearing to both the opening and closing reception.

Three films accepted to Orphans at sound

sound: north east scotland’s festival of new music

Three of my found footage films have been accepted in to sound: north east scotland’s festival of new music. Specifically the films will be part of Orphans curated by Ross Whyte, Richard Craig, Pascal Battus & Adam Cresser.

X Libris

La Sonambula artist book by Laura Chenault

I'm thrilled to announce that five of my books were chosen to be part of X Libris by MicroClimate Collective at Root Division.

Scanning

Action Scanning by Laura Chenault

Today I have been scanning for hours and hours. I'm getting images ready for the website and for a few upcoming show applications. My other posts will have to wait, but I thought I would leave you with this happy accident.

DIY: Pinhole Camera

Cchecking the pinhole - DIY by Laura Chenault

This is my first DIY, so please let me know if there are any missing steps or unclear directions.

I thought I would share the process for making pinhole cameras. I love the dreamy look that is created by the long exposures and huge depth of field. My favorite pinhole is my Holga, but there is always something extra special about one that I make myself.

Exploring: Purisima Creek Redwoods

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve by Laura Chenault

While prepping for Behind Shattered Glass (you should definitely like the Facebook page), I took a trip down to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. Even after living in California for over 10 years, I am still enamored of redwood forests and this forest preserve is no exception. A beautiful hike with two of my favorite women to hang out with and to make movies with, Jorna and Chandra.

On Celluloid

Still from Meshes in the Afternoon by Maya Deren

Today I had the great pleasure of seeing two of my favorite avant garde movies projected on film.

First was La Jeteé by Chris Marker who just passed away after his 91st birthday last month. The woman who introduced the movie at SFMOMA told the audience that Chris is notoriously shy and answered e-mailed questions about his work with a picture of a cat. This film was projected in it's original 35mm format.

Darkroom Progress!

So we've lived in our cute El Cerrito apartment for over four years. One of the biggest draws for me was a laundry room large enough to use as a darkroom as well. Fast forward to today and I still am not set up for printing although I have done some film processing. Today our landlord replaced our washing machine. It was leaking down into the electrician's office below us and his complaint was heard and responded to quickly.

Trying Something New

Image from the artist book La Sonámbula by Laura Chenault

Although I make a lot of books, they are all self published, printed and hand bound. For the first time ever, I'm testing self published books that are printed and bound not in house. The first book I'm testing in this new to me format is La Sonámbula. Clearly some challenges exist. First of all the hand bound books are coptic stitched which is not an option. Also this book is printed on cotton and vellum.

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