Laurin C Guthrie Artworks

Category: Artworks


So, it isn’t completely polished and done, I had a little too much extra material on the sides to sand off, so I need to either rig up some system to get it on the table or bandsaw, or create a set up for the router, or handsaw the excess off before I can sand and apply finish. BUT, it’s mostly done. And it works, which is awesomely exciting to me. Basically, it’s set up using the mechanism for the child’s toy, the Jacob’s Ladder, so that it can be used either as an end table, or a coffee table. Sorry for the low quality of the photos, they’re from my phone. I’ll post better ones once it’s completely finished.

Materials are maple and polyester. I’m thinking of finishing it with beeswax (Feed’n Wax) or castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s) to avoid all the gross chemicals, but I want to do a couple test pieces to make sure they won’t yellow the wood too much.

I won’t be able to work on it until late January when the next semester starts because the wood shops are closed over break and I don’t own any tools of my own, but I’ll try to get it done asap and get it photographed and posted.


Some Phone Shots

Here are a few shots I took with my phone of recent work. Sorry they aren’t the best! I’m planning to borrow a camera in the next couple of weeks and get good shots of everything I’ve been working on, so I’ll post more images as soon as I can!

This is one of the block-printed pieces I did for my intro class. I have another one, too. I’ll get images of both of them up asap.

This is my latest weaving still on the loom. It doesn’t translate at all to the finished piece, but I couldn’t get any decent photos the way I had it installed for critique, so I’ll have to rehang and reshoot it.

These are some pictures of the bandsaw box I made for my furniture class before I stained it with a natural stain made from blackberries, and sealed it with a natural wood treatment I make with beeswax and walnut oil. I’ll get pictures of it with the stain up soon. It’s this great bright¬†fuchsia¬†color, much pinker than I had expected. But that’s what makes natural dyes so much fun to work with.

Some recent (ish) work

This is the portfolio I submitted to California College of the Arts, where I am about to finish my first semester. It’s a mixture of older and more recent work, but mostly older. I’ll try to get some recent work up soon, it’s just tricky without a camera since I have to rent one in order to photograph work or use my crappy cell camera. There’s some stuff I’ve been working on that I’m really excited about, though, so hopefully I’ll have more to share soon!

Just a note, a few of these pieces have shown up earlier as part of class portfolios, so sorry about the repetition. Also, the quilt and the embroidery piece are both works in progress, so I’ll get updated images of them up asap.

Ted Weller’s 2D Class Natural Silhouette, Fall 2008, RISD

This was made from a single sheet of black paper about 50″ x 40″ and it was one of the most fun projects I did freshman year. It is a hybrid animal parade with a bat-fox, sandpiper-seahorses, a bull-squirrel and hermit-mice.

Carl Fasano’s Drawing Class, Fall 2008, RISD

18″ x 24″, 24″ x 32″ compressed charcoal on paper

We began the semester drawing the edges of things. These are two still lifes, well, the edges of two still lifes.

20″ x 30″ charcoal on paper

This is a doorway. Carl described it as “having a sense of quietude.” I’ll let you decide what that means since I still haven’t.

18″ x 24″ charcoal on newsprint

Blind contour figure drawing is a blast.

18″ x 24″ charcoal on newsprint

A figure drawing from class.

18″ x 24″ charcoal on newsprint

Before you judge my abilities, on this day in Carl’s class we were drawing the figure with our NON-dominant hand. It was weird and unpleasant.

30″ x 40″ (I think) charcoal on paper

This was my first self portrait. Carl didn’t like it. Especially because I was still in the studio in the morning when class started and I hadn’t finished. The background still isn’t finished.

9″ x 11″ charcoal on paper

These are some studies I did for my final assignment, a (minimum) 4′ x 6′ self portrait. They’re pretty rough but they were fun to do.

4′ x 6′ charcoal on paper

This is my final self portrait. The photo quality isn’t incredible, but you get the idea. Also, the seam of the two pieces of paper is a little off, but you get the idea.

Alba Corrado’s 3d Class, Fall 2008, RISD

16″ x 20″ sketching vellum

This is the first paper folding assignment I completed in Alba’s class. It’s hard to gauge the scale, but those are tiny folds and it was a pain in the ass to do.

6″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″ sketching vellum

This was the second paper folding assignment. I had to redo it, I had originally miscalculated the angles on those folds you can see puckering on top.

11″ x 11″ x 1″ sketching vellum and acrylic paint

This was my final paper folding assignment which had to be constructed from identical modules. I wanted to create a sort of water lily type structure but had to change it at the last minute when my modules didn’t fit together the way I had hoped. The paint was still wet when I got to class, but Alba liked it.

3″ x 2″, “3.5” x 1.75″ plasticine modeling clay

These are my organic forms. The one on the right is loosely based on an illustration of a gourd flower I have. That’s really all there is to say about these.

3″ x 3.5″ plasticine modeling clay

This is the maquette I made of my acorn.

12″ x 12″ x 12″ plasticine modeling clay, aluminum wire, styrofoam

This is my final model of the acorn. This is what I used to make the plaster cast.

The pieces (3) of my plaster cast.

12″ x 12″ x 12″ plaster

This is my casting of that acorn. There are still a few final touch ups to do, plus a broken tip that needs to be repaired after shipping it across the country. I’ll post the finished piece once I get a workspace set up and can do those finishes.