Calder's Favorite Tool - Bernard Pliers

There's a terrific book on Calder's life called "Calder" by Jed Perl. In the book is a couple of photos of Calder posed with his favorite wire bending tool - a pair of Bernard Pliers.

Many times when I've made my own stabiles and mobiles I often  think about what tools Calder used to make his own. On a lark and for fun I logged into eBay and much to my surprise and enjoyment when I searched for the same brand of pliers I came across dozens of offerings. Matching the design/look from the ad in the Perl book I bought a pair for around thirty bucks.

I can see why Calder liked them so much! They feel great in ones hand and are just the right weight and size. They grip metal rod and wire really well and also have this nifty wire cutter on the top. I especaillly like the way they look. When the jaws are open they look like a Gecko lizard with its mouth open! 

Bernard Pliers ad from the book "Calder" by Jed Perl

Calder's Favorite Tool-Bernard Pliers. Picture here is my pair I bought on eBay

An Even Bigger Day! Futura Mobiles 1st Sale

It's been about two plus years since I started seriously thinking about creating a series of Alexander Calder inspired modern mobiles. I'm not going to go into the details about the process of creating these mobiles here (will save for a future blog post) but will say how excited I am about my 1st Futura Mobile sale. Who bought it? It was purchased by one of my TAG (The Artist Gallery) fellow artist members during the opening of the July 2018 Le Salon show. I have three mobiles in this show (Geometric, Triangles and Organic). and it was the Organic design which sold. 

TAG Le Salon Show Opening Night

 

 

The Big Day - 1st Set of Mobiles Out the Door

Today (07-26-18) was a very special day; I took five boxed up mobiles to the Delaplaine Art Center to sell them in the Delaplaine's Gift Shop! The way it works is the Delaplaine will receive 25% of the retail price and I get the rest. What's cool here is I get to set the retail price - $129.00. Will someone buy the mobiles at this price? No way to know unless I simply try it. Took four of them down with two being "Geometric" one on display and one boxed up for a total of five.

One small step toward making this a real business!

 

The 1st ever FM boxes going out the door to the Delaplaine!