Aussie artist and entrepreneur Tony Podesta has created an epoxy resin studio to teach the basics of resin art.
Mr Podesta said he was inspired by a friend who made a living making plaster castings for home theatre and was frustrated that it was impossible to make any money.
“He was an art director, so I went and worked on plaster casting and it wasn’t easy,” he said.
He wanted to do something that would allow him to make a living.
Mr Podesta started working on his epoxy studio, called a ‘factory’ in the film The Secret Life of Art Director, with an eye towards creating a new industry for the arts.
It was his idea to create resin sculptures from the same materials that he made for the film.
The studio is made up of several pieces of plywood, two pieces of plastic and a small piece of cardboard.
Each piece of wood has a different texture and colour.
Once finished, the sculpture is then filled with resin, covered in paint and placed in the studio’s workshop.
When the studio is finished, it is ready to be cast in the mould.
But there are a couple of steps involved in creating a resin sculpture, including creating a mould and finishing it with a colour.
Mr Podasta said he created the studio to help other artists and craftspeople make their own resin sculptures.
In a world where resin art is very limited, he said it was important to be able to create something that people want to buy.
”I have to say it was fun,” Mr Podestas said.”
I was thinking about it for a long time and it just didn’t make sense.
I thought about it as a business opportunity and wanted to make it happen.
You can go out there and you can do anything, you can go to a gallery and have a look, you could do a book and sell it, you know.
And then you can sell it on Etsy or something.
So I just thought, why not go and create it?”
It’s a really exciting time to be a sculptor.
It’s a lot of fun and I hope it will become a way to make more people in the arts happy.
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