We assist our clients in setting goals and objectives around their projects and mission. I’m rethinking this because they rarely track them. If you are not going to track them, how do you know you are going the right direction?
Read the rest of this entry »
What do you think the goal of this exhibit was?
School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that learning should end! Now is a great time of year to find different learning experiences outside the classroom. I grew up around this area and have many fond memories of day trips to different sites as a kid. Working at Taylor Studios I’ve also had the opportunity to explore other notable nearby museums and nature centers that have become favorites as well.
Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, the Association of Midwest Museums, holds an annual conference and this year, it’s being held in St. Louis. I grew up in southern Illinois and spent more time in St. Louis than anyone else I knew. By the time I was sixteen, my parents were comfortable enough with my ability to get around the city by myself that I was allowed to go alone. (Growing up in a rural community, some people
thought think that was is crazy). While I’ve never lived in St. Louis (not for lack of desire), I do have my favorite spots and I thought I would share a few of them for those of you who may be visiting the Gateway to the West next week. Read the rest of this entry »
Wanted: Exhibit Designer
You have spent the last four to ten years fundraising for new exhibits. You’ve written so many grant proposals your head is swimming. Finally, the time has come! You have the green light to start designing your exhibit space.
So what do you do now? I imagine choosing a design firm is a rather daunting task. You may be wondering, “Where do I start?” or “What are the qualifications I should look for in a firm?” Read the rest of this entry »
Part 3 of 6: Life Casting
This the 3rd post of a 6 part series discussing the management and fabrication of human figures. This month we’ll be discussing the process of life casting and its place in creating a figure. We tend to be a little sloppy when we use the term life cast, often using it as a substitute for “figure.” Some figures are completely assembled from life casts but most are a combination of sculpted and life cast pieces and some are totally sculpted with no life cast components at all.
The term “life cast” refers to the process of making a mold of a body part from a live model. Life casting is preferable to sculpting whenever a suitable model is available. Life casting is an exact reproduction. The level of detail and scientific accuracy life casting produces is impossible to completely achieve by sculpting. The most common use of life casting is for hands and heads. If the figure being produced is of a young child, member of a historical ethnic group, or a historical person the head will most likely need to be sculpted instead of life cast. Read the rest of this entry »