This is episode number 43In today's podcast, recorded July 13, 2020, I'll be joined by Marta Beltowska âin the form of neon.â Marta Beltowska lives in Stockholm, Sweden and works as a Video and Streaming Producer at a non-profit foundation called TRR. She graduated with a bachelors in photography in 2014 at the University of Southampton in England, and started her career as photography assistant before moving to Sweden. After a creative block post university, Marta found that local neon signs had become her subject of curiosity. And what began as a hobby has now turned into an almost obsessive passion. Since 2018 she has made short documentaries called In the Form of Neon, about the artists who create neon signs.
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Two new patrons have donated on patreon, both qualifying for the personal shoutout on the Podcast. Thank you Ben Orozco for your feedback and collaboration on the Intro to Plasma Series, and thank you Harriett Schwarzrock for you support and inspiration, since both have been previous guests and have offered one-time donation through ko-fi each patron will have Patreon token added to their listing on the Taming Lighting Page of Patrons, where I try to include everyone that has support Taming Lightning be it donations on Ko-fi, guesting on the podcast, small fundraisers, and even gifts be it supplies, equipment, and or services.
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After a creative block post university, Marta found that local neon signs had become her subject of curiosity. And what began as a hobby has now turned into an almost obsessive passion. Since 2018 she has made short documentaries called In the Form of Neon, about the artists who create neon signs.
Videos | in the form of neon
Glass India was mentioned in reference to the comedy of having the subject look at the camera. enjoy!
Marta recommended Meryl Pataky as podcast guest, here's her interview on Mondo Neon Show!
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Iâm always curious about the different avenues that bring people to illuminated works of neon and plasma, and so I appreciate the work that Marta does to bring them to light. With the visual medium of neon and plasma, video is a very strong middle way to an in person experience. It was a pleasure to meet you back in 2019 at the Glass Factory in Boda, Sweden. Itâs very impressive how you can navigate the chaos of the workshop and organize them beautifully in audio and video! Thank Marta for your time on the podcast, and for your support through our passion project In the form of neon.
Please support in the form of neon by watching on Martabeltowska.com and vimeo, she has videos of the following artists including myself: Ben Orozco, Ed Kirshner, Stephanie Lifshutz, and Clif Eddens.
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-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
If your interested in hearing the backstory for this work, I recommend listening to EP 32: Chapter One x Notes.
Hello Lightning Tamers!
Thinking back on that last few years I thought I'd share with you some videos about Western Neon School of Art. I'm preparing for guests and questions for future episodes:
If you have questions or topics you'd like use to address please comment on the post!
-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
Notice the appealing glow of neon on more signs around town? Western Neon is one of the companies behind the medium's nostalgic flair. The sign builder's creations entice customers into places like Cupcake Royale, Mighty-O Donuts and Caffe Vita. A new wave of artists fascinated with the medium led Western Neon to offer classes on the history of neon and simple design techniques. The workshops are so popular, 450 people are on the waiting list. So, if you're into fire, electricity, argon and neon, sign up soon!
Solid, Liquid, Gas, PLASMA! with Amy Lemaire June 20-24, 2022 Salem Community College Take your sculptures to the next level - add unique light effects with plasma! Over the course of this workshop, participants will design and fabricate a plasma lamp of their own design while learning about the science of gas discharge tubes in a creative environment. We will consider plasma in the contexts of scientific glassblowing, contemporary art and design through a combination of demonstrations, collaboration, and hands-on learning. Topics covered will include tips for sculpting borosilicate glass for plasma, application of phosphors, safety, gas mixtures, adding electrodes, capacitive coupling, and much more. This class meets from 9am to 5pm each day, Monday through Friday, with additional studio time Monday through Thursday, from 5pm to 9pm. Materials for participating in the course are included. If you have specific colors you are interested in working with please bring them with you.
INSTRUCTOR: Amy Lemaire
Additional Course Information
- Participation limited to students 18 years of age and up.
- Lunch is available for an additional fee; $75 for 5-day workshops.
- Classes meet 9 am to 5 pm each day. Students will have additional practice time the first four evenings of the course from 5 pm to 9 pm.
- Materials for participating in the course are included. If you have specific colors you are interested in working with please bring them with you.
- Any work from the final day of the course remaining in a kiln will be available for pick up beginning the following Monday. Students may have finished worked shipped for an additional fee.
Holiday Inn (Philadelphia South-Swedesboro)
Exit 10 off Interstate 295 (1 Pureland Drive, Swedesboro, N.J.)
$119/night plus tax, breakfast included
Reference block code "SCC" to reserve at the group rate
Click here to reserve online!
âCancellation and Refund Policies
- Salem Community College is not responsible for non-refundable travel expenses. There is always a chance, due to unforeseen circumstances, that a class could be cancelled unexpectedly. In these instances, refunds on registration will be issued, and Salem Community College will not be responsible for non-refundable travel expenses.
- Classes are subject to a minimum enrollment policy. In the event that we do not meet our minimum enrollment for a course we will refund your purchase. Students will be notified no later than 45 days prior to their class start date if their workshop is subject to cancellation due to enrollment.
- Student cancellation/refund policy- Cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the class are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the start of a course will receive a 50% refund for the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the course are not eligible for a refund.
Hello Lightning Tamers!
I listened to the most recent episode of the Neon Nonsense Podcast and figured add some additional show notes. Below I’ll have some basic notes and links to books, groups, and DVD mentioned in the podcast.
-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
In our first episode we mentioned that sometimes we find neon mentors in strange places, “Strange Mentors” if you will. So on today's episode we invite you into our libraries - allow us to share some of the sources that help us on our neon journey.
Neon Nonsense is on Patreon!
Neon Nonsense Sponsored by Ventex
1. Neon superguide by Randall Caba
2. Facebook Group |The Neon News - “Deadly Neon”: a lethal dose of art criticism
3. Facebook Group | Neon and Plasma Art for Beginners - Glassworking for Luminous Tubes by Henry Eckles (PDF)
4. West Coat Custom Designs - Neon Engineers Workbook, DVD: Neon Processing Guide, and More
Wild Thing, You Move ME! with Michael Flechtner 2022 Pilchuck Glass School Learn how to design and fabricate two- and three-dimensional neon-tube artworks and animate them! Bring movement to your work by mechanically manipulating the tubes, or by lighting them sequentially using electronic animators. Demonstrations will include design and construction techniques for support structures using wood, Plexiglas, glass tubing, along with neon tubes. We will cover instruction on how to create and read electrical schematics, as well as how to work with high-voltage power supplies, mounting hardware, wiring, and insulators.
Michael Flechtner works and lives in Van Nuys, California. He has always worked with electricity and colored light. Flechtner earned a BFA and an MFA in sculpture before learning to fabricate neon tubes. He often makes 3D neon forms, and many of his artworks are animated, either through electrical switching of the neon tubes or actually moving them. Humor and wordplay are often components of his artwork, and Flechtner designed the Celebrate! Forever Stamp, the first USPS stamp to feature neon as the design.
Skill Level: E / ALL LEVELS
Intermediate: 2-4 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed.
Advanced: 5+ years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed.
All Levels: Encompasses all of the above; all are welcome
You must be at least eighteen years of age by the first day of the session for which you are registered. Certain courses may require students be at least twenty-one years of age by the first day of the session.
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