Today I bid a fond farewell to “She Works the Lines,” purchased out of my studio in a moment of love at first sight, by a collector who already owns another of my wire drawings. I get so sentimental about seeing my works find new homes. I’m glad to see it in the hands of someone so happy to have it.

Starting Something New

Last night in studio I finished a “proof of concept” test component for a new piece I’m working on. So far, I’m soldering copper wire and sewing paper to it, and I needed to confirm that I could solder the flat faces, sew the paper on, and then go back and solder more pieces to create the 3D form, without the burning the paper or thread in the last step. Success! Stay tuned for more shots at this stage, as I’ll be making several pieces before pulling them together into what I expect will the the final form.

Also! If you’re seeing this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, that means I’ve successfully figured out how to make Process posts to my new website and share them automatically. I did a full overhaul of rachelmello.com this spring, creating a new, cleaner site completely from scratch. I hope you’ll check it out!


In case you were wondering what the process is like, for bending these tiny, precise shapes… here goes. Three minutes working on a section that will be less than one square inch of the finished piece.

“Heated” at Kingston Gallery

Today I’ll be dropping off two brand new pieces at Kingston Gallery for the our group show that opens next week. These two pieces are drawings of houses I lived in when I was growing up in Baltimore. I created them by bending, snipping, and soldering copper wire and mounting it standing off from a white board to create a second drawing with the cast shadow.
I hope you’ll come see these and the work of my amazing colleagues at the opening Reception for TEN Kingston Associates: heated.

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