[Art_beyond_sight_educators] artist, science models, ceramist, exhibition, blog

Lisa Yayla fnugg at online.no
Mon Jul 25 09:04:32 UTC 2011


Links and excerpts to articles.


She started coping with the eye disease 15 years ago and is now totally 
blind in her left eye and objects are fuzzy through her right eye.

"I don't really remember what it's like to see," Cross said. "I knew I'd 
be old. I knew I'd be wrinkled. But, I didn't know I'd be blind," she said.

She is happy, however, with her good fortune in life and noted that 
she's doing just fine.

Macular degeneration hasn't stunted her love of daisies, remembering 
pansies hardly ever die and that red geraniums blend well with the 
perennial palette that fills her gardens.

Her green lawns are infused with bundles of yellows and reds each spring 
as she carefully places flowers on different patches of the property, 
perfecting her art to a tee.

6 interactive directories for Leroy Merlin with tactile map and wayfinding

HYDERABAD: A small collection of tubes, wires and beads are tucked away 
in a corner as 80-year-old Egbert Dawson walks among the life-sized 
models of various biological systems he has created over 11 years.

"I preserve whatever I can find. You never know what might come in 
handy," says the biology teacher. These relief models are specially 
designed to aid biology education for visually impaired students.

"Initially, it was very difficult to teach the concepts related to 
different biological systems like the circulatory system in animals or 
the various parts of a flower. Though these topics are discussed in a 
text book, it is difficult to explain them to a student who cannot see. 
Hence, I started making these models for explaining things better," said 

  West Drayton man took up sculpture after going blind

ARTIST Colin Hoppe has not always been a successful sculptor -- he only 
discovered his talents after losing his sight.

"I've seen more now that I'm blind then I could when I could see," he 
told the Gazette when asked what impact his artistic gift has had on his 

Colin, 52, suffers from retinitis pigmentosa-- an hereditary disease 
that sees the eyesight degenerate throughout the sufferers lifetime.

Two of his brothers are registered blind and another is short-sighted. 
His sister carries the gene and could pass it on to her children.

Colin, of Lavender Rise, West Drayton, used to be a chef, before his 
eyesight declined forcing him to stop work in 1994.

He embarked on an adult education course in pottery as part of his 
rehabilitation, later taking classes at Harlington Community School in 

He made his first piece of pottery during the course and went on to 
unleash a passion for sculpting.

One of his teachers recommended a group called Blind Art and it was 
through them that Colin took part in his first exhibition and sold his 
first piece of work.


BlindArt Collection @ Royal National College for the Blind

The opening of the BlindArt Collection at the Royal National College for 
the Blind, Hereford
The BlindArt Permanent Collection showcases exceptional work by artists, 
both visually impaired and sighted, and encourages a re-evaluation of 
what constitutes visual art. BlindArt Permanent Collection breaks 
through traditional hierarchies & barriers in the arts by actively 
encouraging all works to be experienced through touch. The Collection 
challenges the notion that sight is essential for creating and enjoying 
exceptional art. The BlindArt Permanent Collection is the worlds first 
permanent showcase of visual art accessible to visually impaired people, 
and includes paintings, sculpture, installations and other works of art. 
Each work in the Collection is made accessible through a range of access 
materials: large print & Braille labels, audio-descriptive guides, 
tactile images, large print & Braille catalogues, etc BlindArt will use 
the Collection to promote Inclusive Exhibition Design to museums, 
galleries and art schools. Since July 2009 BlindArt Permanent Collection 
has been permanently housed at the Royal National College for the Blind 
(RNC) in Hereford. RNC is a key player in national and international 
innovations in the teaching and training of people with sight loss, and 
is a leading resource centre for professionals working in the field.


Jorge Restrepo art for the blind Managua


sent before, but thought to send again

'What Seeing is Really About'


Reflections: Art in Italy, Art in San Diego

A sculptor goes through "an exhausting labour with hammer and chisel, is 
covered with dust and sweat so that he looks like a baker and not like 
an artist, whereas 'the painter sits in great comfort before his work, 
well dressed, and wields his light brush loaded with lovely colours. He 
can be dressed as well as he pleases, and his house can be clean and 
filled with beautiful paintings. He often works to the accompaniment of 
music, or listening to the reading of many fine works. All this can be 
heard without being drowned with the sounds of hammering or other 
uproar.'" Anthony Blunt, The Social Position of the Artist.* 

Leonardo was fending off attacks from sculptors - like Nicolo Tribolo. 
Tribolo's response 
to a survey conducted by Benedetto Varchi in 1546 that considered which 
medium was the more noble - sculpture or painting. Tribolo argued that a 
blind man could decipher the reality of a sculpted work, but a painting 
would be merely a flat surface.

  I am a Color blind artist and need help.?

I am an digital artist and I am color blind (red-green I think)
-- and--
I need a program of some sort that can extract colors from pictures and 
tell me what color it is.IN WORDS
(If it exist at all) I cannot find one anywhere plus Photoshop's dropper 
doesn't help.


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