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The Fourth Artist Collaboration

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A few weeks back we collaborated with The Fourth Artist, a duo of amazing visual artists who paint, draw, collage and generally inspire each other creatively – Jackie Leishman and Patrice Dworkin. Collectively they created a large scale piece for a project we had and I loved the process so much that I wanted to share it (and them) with you.

We were working with Sothebys to style out a big beautiful room and we needed something BIG that had a lot of impact, in a quiet way. They did such an amazing job and I wanted to tell you about the piece before you see it next week in the reveal.

Mel had worked with them on a piece in her living room that we loved:

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It’s the large piece behind the sofa. It’s wonderful and has a lot of negative space, but really great tension.

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Jackie and Patrice came to the space with a 4×5 canvas and a lot of art materials to play with – papers, fabrics, embroidery, paint, pencils … you name it. We gave them some direction – a lot of whites, grays, creams, some blues, hits of black and a pop of rust. They saw the mood board of the room and came with some ideas but planned on creating it live right there.

I had recently seen these pieces below and LOVED them for how light and delicate they were, so I said ‘YES. THIS’

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This series is called Calabasas and they each worked on them, but they sent them back and forth to each other from The Palisades to Claremont (both LA, but an hour and a half apart).

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These are from the Transition series and I want to buy all of them but these are my favorites:

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They created another series called ‘Make Your Mark’ where they asked thirty-six women and girls, ages four to seventy-four, to draw an emotional response to the idea of women making their mark on the world. The text and drawings they offered, each 4×4 inches, have been reproduced, deconstructed, and transformed by the two core artists.​

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So they asked me to ‘Make My Mark’ and while I resisted, sure that I would mess up (did you see the insta-story?) it was so fun. It could be with paint, paper, pencil – anything.

I had to practice, obviously. It was a VERY BIG DEAL.

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Then I went for it with a light blue pencil. I just really didn’t want to dissapoint them. Sara said that she had never seen me so nervous …

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They were VERY impressed with my non-impressive art. I think they secretly were glad that I didn’t do anything too big, bold or ugly. From there they spent 5-6 hours creating the piece. They had already dyed and painted paper and fabric but they wanted to be in the space, see my mark and create together.

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Mel, Ginny and I all gathered around and ooh’d and ahh’d at what they had already pulled together to collage.

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Watching their process and listening to them work through things, get excited, and change their mind was so wonderful. I wasn’t there all day, but while I was you could just feel their creativity vibrating in the room.

At first they worked on the table, then they took photos of it and moved it to the floor:

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They met 7 years ago in a art review workshop (where people essentially show each other their art and everyone discusses it), and they hit it off – both in personality and creativity. They do their own work but also collaborate on projects.

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The photo above shows my mark that intersected seamlessly (no pun intended) with a already embroidered piece of dyed paper. How beautiful is that?

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I can’t show you the styled out after (you’ll have to wait til next week) but it’s absolutely stunning and arresting. It definitely Made It’s Mark.

We also used 12 pieces from the Make Your Mark series over the mantel which was undeniably the most perfect thing for this room. Here’s a sneak peek,

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We’ll show you the final shot next week (and then we’ll update this post).

The piece they created was so powerful, with bolder colors that I had predicted but without them it may not have had such the impact that it did in the room.

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These two women are inspiring and their work is full of passion, love and experimentation. So, Thank You, Patrice and Jackie. Please check out their work and if you are thinking about a commissioned piece in LA, I can’t recommend them enough.

I asked them for some info about their upcoming show, and here are the details below:

“Both the black-and-white series and Emily’s Mark are included in our show, Three Ways to Make It Through The Day, at Angel City Brewery, in partnership with Art Share LA. The Fourth Artist will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of all Make Your Mark pieces from the exhibition to The Downtown Women’s Center of Los Angeles.”

The pieces are available for sale August 10th-September 11th through Art Share LA.  Buyers should contact directly: info@artsharela.org, or (213)687-4278.  After September 11th, buyers should contact: fourthartist@gmail.com.

Pricing :

Make Your Mark 1 through 12 – Mixed media on watercolor paper, 12″ x 12″ framed, $650.00 each for originals

Emily’s Mark – Mixed media on canvas, 4′ x 6′, $5,000.00

Commissions available, contact fourthartist@gmail.com.  A portion of proceeds from Make Your Mark commissions will be donated to charities that uplift women.

Prints are available HERE! These are limited edition prints from MAKE YOUR MARK and CALABASAS, as well as the TRANSITION and CLOSURE series.

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  1. that is so cool, love the process and texture and creativity.

  2. That is really cool and I just loved it. Thanks!

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  3. No one ever told me you could become a professional collage artist ‘when you grown up’!? How inspirational!
    It’s raining here in Copenhagen, maybe I should get my glue out and find some fabrics to cut up…

  4. Beautiful!

  5. WOW this is so exciting! The LA art scene is probably really incredible for collabs like this. Can’t wait to see the final room! The Insta-stories looked so interesting.

  6. Such an awesome process and amazing art, can’t wait to see the reveal.

  7. Gorgeous!

    Thank you for your blog – whether the posts are heavy or light, they are always the bright spot on my morning scroll…

  8. Their work is incredible. I love how detailed and fluid every piece is. I would be happy to add all of those black and white ones to my collection 😍

  9. If only I had room for that huge piece in my space. But I’m definitely going to have to check out the show to see those little guys in person

  10. Do more collaborations! This so cool. They are seriously talented.

    1. I’ll second this!

  11. So beautiful! What an amazing collaboration. I feel very inspired by this.

  12. I love this. I had noticed the pieces in precious posts and I really liked them. Wonderful to have more detailed information on this process. Thanks.

  13. How POWERFUL! Thank you for sharing this process, Emily and team! I eagerly await the final reveal <3

  14. THis is great! Love reading about the process.
    Could you do a post on commissioning an art piece for your home? I’ve always wanted to have art from local artists but am intimated/nervous/confused about how to ask for it, how much to pay for it, and how to work with them make something I like. It would be very appreciated!

    1. Hi (commenter) Emily! I can’t speak greatly to commissions, but if you’re feeling intimidated, looking at what artists in your area are selling their regular pieces for might help. Here are a couple places to start:

      -open studios: if there are artist studios in your area, they’ll sometimes have days or nights when all the artists open their doors. Bonuses: sometimes artists will sell smaller pieces, studies, or experiments that they wouldn’t necessarily show in a gallery, and they’re often relatively cheap; everyone is there to peruse, so no pressure to buy; and you can get a sense of the artist.

      -Flatfiles/bins/collectives: some galleries have flatfiles or bins of 2d work, or artist collectives will list pieces for sale online. More and more places are trying to get these online.

      -art festivals (depending on what they are, some festivals have more non-local artists than local ones)

      -look up things like “best illustrators/artists in [city]” or the more egalitarian “illustrators/artists to watch in [city]”, sometimes you can find lists of great local artists. Note that, in my experience, illustrators are more likely to have a web shop.

      And (blogger) Emily, I’m going to echo what others have said. From an artist, thank you so much for featuring working with local artists!

  15. What a fascinating process! Love this story. Emily, you’re taking us on interesting journeys … from college dorms to collage.

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  17. Please someone tell me more about what adhesive medium is best for this. I’m truly inspired!

    1. We use acrylic gel medium to adhere our collage materials.

      1. Thank you!! Amazing work.

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  21. Love this! Emily, I just moved into a 1950s house with pitched ceilings and am clueless as to how to hang things. Where do you hang frames? I’m clueless!

  22. They were VERY impressed with my non-impressive art. I think they secretly were glad that I didn’t do anything too big, bold or ugly. From there they spent 5-6 hours creating the piece.

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  25. Beautiful work! And the process you’ve shared is so inspiring! Please share more of these creative processes… perhaps a blog on DIY projects you recommend? I’m always looking to DIY stuff, but the challenge is to make things look ‘finished’. You might have some ideas on the best DIY projects to pursue in one’s home and then tips on making them look umm… professional. 🙂