Public Sculpture in Your Community… How to Get It Done.

Don’t wait for government officials or a rich art patron to step forward to honor in sculpture an individual for your community. “Grass Roots Sculpture” is a method that Jan-Michelle has perfected when people have expressed a desire to have sculpture created for their community and public-at-large.

Jan-Michelle can guide you through the steps necessary to complete a fund raising campaign in order to pay for the cost of the sculpture. She can also show you how to collaborate with government officials in selecting a suitable site for the placement of the public sculpture. “Grass Roots Sculpture” works for both contemporary and realistic commemorative sculpture.

Interested parties should be affiliated with a non-profit organization specifically committed to working on accomplishing the goal of bringing sculpture to their community.

Please email Jan-Michelle at jmsculptures@sbcglobal.net to begin dialogue and discussion of your community’s needs.

Articles About Artist

Israel Kamakawiwoole could once again gaze over the Waianae Coast he loved so dearly if sculptor Jan-Michelle Kaiulani Sawyer is able to drum up enough support.

Professional sculptor Jan-Michelle Sawyer, who created this likeness of Gabby Pahinui, now hopes to honor ‘Bruddah Iz.’Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

Sawyer, who creates lifelike bronze sculptures, wants to make a three-quarter-size statue of “Bruddah Iz” to pay homage to the legend whose music expressed what it meant to be Hawaiian — and proud of it. “Iz” died in 1997.

“I would like him to be facing the ocean,” Sawyer said. “He talked so much about the Waianae coast and all his memories there. It makes sense to honor him, to put him in an area that meant so much to him.” [Read more…]

Vandalism to Public Sculpture

On a recent visit to see the portrait sculpture of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole in Waianae, I discovered that the bottom fishhook that rested on IZ’s chest was missing, i.e. apparently stolen. Who would do such a thing? And who would evoke such negative mana against a man who gave so much of himself to the people of Hawaii? I discovered the missing fishhook when I lifted a string of leis that draped his chest in order to inspect the condition of the bronze. At first my eyes hit a blank stare, thinking that there was something unusual about how his chest looked. It took a few seconds to realize that the fishhook was gone.

Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole touching the bottom fishhook on the commemorative sculpture of IZ on the day of the dedication. The fishhook was stolen off of the sculpture last year. [Read more…]

Colleges and Art Centers Around the Globe Offer Opportunities to Study Art and Sculpture

If you are a recent high school grad or returning to school and are thinking about going onto college to work on a BA in art, fine art or sculpture, there are many opportunities to study art in both the traditional college setting and at small colleges, institutes or art centers.

What to study in school and what to major in are important questions to thoroughly explore. It’s not uncommon for some students to major in art and not give much thought to selecting a minor in a field that they could eventually end up working in. With hard work and gut determination anyone can be successful as an artist and even make a living creating art. But why be so hard on yourself with that kind of pressure? I advise students to complete a minor in a field that they would equally enjoy.

My mother used to say to me when I was growing up to make sure I had a specific skill, like typing (ha) so that I would be employable. Well, I found learning how to type so absurd that I never did learn how to type. I still type using 2-3 fingers in a hunt and peck fashion. While my modest and rebellious typing skills or lack of grew to be ever so important, the basic message my mother gave me is a true and solid one: Be an artist, and have another skill that will pay the rent! [Read more…]

Scultures in Clay

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Scultures for Sale

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California

Jan-Michelle Sawyer believes that clear and open communication is the foundation for a successful working relationship between herself and the client.

Every care is made to work collaboratively with the client to make sure that their desires and expectations are realistically met.

A sculpture can be created from photographs or by live sittings or both. Great care is taken to capture the essence of the subject to the satisfaction of the client.

“Commemorative sculpture is a meaningful approach to honoring not only an individual’s life but an era in human history. All of which is good both for commerce and for educating people about history and culture. ”

Hawaii

Israel “Bruddah Iz” Kamakawiwo’oleGabby “Pops” Pahinui“Voyager”Dr. Donnis Thompson

 

 

 

 

Jan-Michelle Sawyer is a hands-on and detail-oriented artisan with the necessary management skills to oversee and coordinate all of the variables associated in successfully implementing any project of importance and scope.

What you notice about her work is a special intimacy, and what you feel is the rich, celebrating heart.

She is known as an artist who can meet deadlines, work within budget, and solve problems and challenges as they arise.

“Commemorative sculpture is a meaningful approach to honoring not only an individual’s life but an
era in human history. All of which is good both for commerce and for educating people about history
and culture.”