Blue Plum Festival Day Two–Urban Art Throwdown

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee--"Live and Let Bee" by Christina Majic

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee–“Live and Let Bee” by Christina Majic (work in progress)

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. If you missed my Day One adventure, don’t fret–grab a good cup of coffee, sit a spell with me, and check out Day One and Day Two of the Blue Plum Fest–not a celebration of fruit–but of community, art, music, food, and beer.

Laura Cross chose the bee theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece. I love her use of alternative materials and the industrial look.

Laura Cross chose the bee theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece. I love her use of alternative materials and the industrial look.

My daughter–Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista–and I enjoyed chatting with the artists and illustrators about their works and what inspired them. The artists with whom we chatted told us that “bees” is a new theme that was added to the Throwdown this year–and that is why so many of the pieces are “bee” inspired. Being new to the area, we discovered that other popular themes of past throwdowns were historical aspects and railroads. Personally, I am a huge fan of honey bees because they work hard for all of us πŸ™‚

Laura Cross chose the "bee" theme for her urban art throw down masterpiece

Laura Cross chose the “bee” theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece.

Laura Cross of Johnson City took a moment from her painting to chat with the VIP and me about the inspiration behind her piece. Laura, who is a teacher with no formal art training, chose the bee theme for her street art because she likes geometrical things and abstracts–which is represented in her beehive. Laura told us that the artists were encouraged to use alternative materials this year. Laura stated, “Aerosols are the traditional medium. I used aluminum tape, which is used for duct work, and duct tape…I also made my stencils from acetate.”Β Laura wanted to enter the Urban Art Throwdown because she wanted to challenge herself. Laura, the VIP and I are glad you did because your spunk and determination is contagious! πŸ™‚

"Bees are born into a role that they can't get out of...and they all have to work together to get things done.", explained Laura about her machine-inspired beehive.

“Bees are born into a role that they can’t get out of…and they all have to work together to get things done.”, explained Laura about her machine-inspired beehive. “I chose to use black and white because of the machine-like feel of the piece.”

A gear representing the machine of the beehive is made from aluminum tape.

A gear representing the “machine” of the beehive–made from aluminum tape.

After chatting with Laura, we stopped by to find out about this colorful "bee" inspired graffiti piece. The VIP and I loved the colors in this one--but we both love pink :)

After chatting with Laura, we stopped by to find out about this colorful “bee” inspired graffiti piece. The VIP and I loved the colors in this one–because we are both fans of brights and pink πŸ™‚

Anton Slasko is currently attending ETSU where is earning a his Masters in New Media. Anton did graffiti art in Serbia for about ten years. During our chat, he said that he wanted to paint using the new theme of bees and that he was having fun at the Blue Plum Festival.

Anton Slasko is currently attending ETSU where is earning his Masters in New Media. Anton did graffiti art in Serbia for about ten years. During our chat, he said that he wanted to paint using the new theme of bees and that he was having fun at the Blue Plum Festival.

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Christina Majic of Majic Robot Design Studio also chose the new bee theme for her Urban Art Throwdown masterpiece.

Christina Majic of Majic Robot Design Studio also chose the new bee theme for her Urban Art Throwdown masterpiece.

We asked Christina about the glitter on her piece, and she told us that she likes the way the light hits it. "It catches people's attention because most won't notice the art until it's right in front of them."--stated Christina Majic.

We asked Christina about the glitter on her piece, and she told us that she likes the way the light hits it. “It catches people’s attention because most won’t notice the art until it’s right in front of them.”–stated Christina Majic.

Christina is an artist and illustrator by trade. She has her Masters in Art and has a wide variety of mediums--from acrylics to spray paint.

Christina is an artist and illustrator by trade. She has her Masters in Art and uses a wide variety of mediums–from acrylics to spray paint.

Check out Majic Robot on Facebook.

Check out Majic Robot on Facebook for more totally awesome examples of their work.

"Live and Let Bee" receives two thumbs and five stars for not only its funky design, but also its sparkle :)

“Live and Let Bee” receives two thumbs and five stars for not only its funky design, but also its sparkle πŸ™‚

Daruth Padilla of Majic Robot Design Studio working on his "Attack of the Killer Bee" at the Urban Art Throwdown

Daruth Padilla of Majic Robot Design Studio working on his killer bee at the Urban Art Throwdown

Daruth Padilla explained to the VIP and me how he works as an illustrator. I must say that he and Christina have a fabulous spray paint collection!

Daruth Padilla explained to the VIP and me how he works as an illustrator. We also chatted about his Kachina-inspired bee, and how it was attacking the city.

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Does anyone besides me remember the Attack of the Killer Bees movie?

I must say that David and Christina have a fabulous spray paint collection–and a whole lotta talent!

My goodness! Time flies when you are having fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival. Join me tomorrow for a look at the very talented and fun Logan from Sweet & Dirty’s on Etsy and for a little Transformation Tuesday.

 

 

 

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