The Bloom Project!!
This Halloween I celebrate my 17th year as a tattooist, and can think of nothing better to commemorate these years then seeing my friend and client Mindy on the cover of Tattoo Magazine! She has been getting work from me for the entire span of my career, and is one of the first ladies to get a floral form bodyset which I am known for. Her collection helped pave the way for others to follow by inspiring such a beautiful look on such a lovely lady. Mindy is part of the Bloom Project, which started with a desire from me to see a more unified and flowing female esthetic in tattooing. In addition to the use of soft, feminine imagery in my work, I've always emphasized laying the tattooing out on the body in a way that is balanced like a nice garment- rather than thinking in terms of bodysuits, I've come to think of the collections I put on my clients as "bodysets". Many of these sets began with shoulder cap coverage gradually becoming full sleeves and beyond.
I have been documenting this process, and the Bloom Project is a direct result of passion, dedication and a desire to push the evolution of this project further. This has resulted in a core clientele who are all representives of the Bloom Project. I chose this title as many of my clients request floral motifs from me, and I've found that the process of unfolding through layers of ink, adding on over time, and the personal transformation that occurs, can be likened to the process of a flower bloom opening. We are all in a state of becoming and growing from our experiences. I have a great appreciation for the beauty and wonder of Nature which I believe we are all a part of. From my clients to my artistry, this is the energy that we synchonise with and resonate from.
Check out some updates in the Bodyset gallery, and check back soon as I continue to update MicheleWortman.com. I have added some more Video portraits featuring the ladies of the Bloom Project. There is also a copy of Mindy's current spread in Tattoo Magazine posted in my Press gallery. Drop by the site and take a look. Give a follow on the Facebook Bloom page and at Michele Wortman, where I post updates on the Project and art related news as well.
Michele Wortman's Bloom Project Featured in Tattoo Magazine, and in a New Video!
Michele Wortman is known in tattooing for her innovative body sets. She has been designing a signature look for her mainly female clientele throughout her tattoo career. Starting with a desire to see a more unified and flowing female esthetic, 15 years ago, Michele embarked on an artistic journey to redefine more options for women wanting a lighter softer, balanced look within their tattoo collection. Many of these sets began with shoulder cap coverage, and gradually Michele's clients found themselves inking their way down to full sleeves and beyond. She began documenting this process, and the Bloom project was born.
Michele identified with the word Bloom as many of her clients requested floral motifs from her, and she likened this process of unfolding through layers of ink, adding on over time and personal transformation to the similarities of a bloom opening to flower.
Michele has inked several body sets and is currently working on an art book showcasing the lovely ladies she has been honored to tattoo and their process of collecting work through the years. The book will feature in-depth photos of her work as well as many of her clients who have come to be known as The Bloom Sisters. She is currently taking on new clients with this project in mind as well as trying to finish up work in progress in time for the 2020 publication.
You'll be able to meet The Bloom Sisters in an ongoing series of articles in Tattoo Magazine, starting with a feature on Kristen Blinne in issue #304, which is on newsstands now. Michele has also produced a short video about the Bloom Project, offering a sneak preview of what you can expect when the book is released.
Available In Time For Christmas: Michele's New Hand-Retouched Metal Prints
As we close 2014 with a celebration of the season and welcome the New Year I thought it would be a good time to offer some of my favorite recent paintings to add to your art collection as unique prints on sheet aluminum. Several of these I have taken further by repainting the ferns, flowers and other details directly into the print making each one an original mixed media piece. You can see the detail examples below. The overall look is modern, shimmery and ready to hang. The surface, both reflective and painted, adds to the dimensional shift of luminosity. These would look great as a grouping or as individual pieces.
I also have a collectors' card set for only 5 bucks featuring a nice sampling my paintings, a perfect stocking stuffer.
Shipping in time for Christmas is guaranteed for all orders received by December 16. Thanks, and have a great season and happy New Year!
New Hyperspace Studios Video And Michele Wortman Card Set
Have you seen the video that Guy and I put together recently? In it we discuss our art, what we do, what motivates us and the things we hope to accomplish. This includes a little about our artistic styles, including Guy's biomech, and how I arrived at the unified feminine style that I'm known for. You can see it at our YouTube channel, TattooTelevision.
Woodland Window Filigree and Floral Bodyset
Greetings and welcome to winter. I have been busy inking body sets over the past few months on many of my regular clients as they continue to refine and expand their collection.
Here is a recent video featuring my client Sabrina and her Woodland Window Filigree and Floral Bodyset.
Sabrina describes her process of getting lasered to collecting a cohesive overall look and talks about the new direction many women are taking as they explore a decorative aesthetic while maintaining a professional image in the workplace.
Also check out this short video portrait featuring the Goddess body set on Charity that I just finished working on. Listen as she shares her insights on the feminine and finding your inner Goddess.
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Flight and Flowers Bodyset
I just worked on Jenns Flight and Flowers bodyset. We inked some luminous cosmic mandalas, started filling in the elbow area and added purple heart gems to the inner arm.
This month Jenn is featured on the cover of Tattoo Magazine issue 290. Be sure to check it out while it is still on the newsstands.
I also interviewed Jen about her tattoos and philosophy and put together a short video which talks about the process of collecting work from me and describes the intention and content of the art from a collectors perspective.
Just finished an exciting two day session on Alexis. She asked me for a half sleeve based on a painting I did in 2009 called Innerstate, titled after a live performance that we hosted where tattooists were invited to explore the inner realms of their unique vision to better channel a personal style by exploring a more visionary approach to their artwork. Be sure to check out Innerstate an amazing book and documentary produced by artist Guy Aitchison.
It felt natural to reference my painting and as a result subtle nuance with color and texture made its way into the tattoo that might not have occurred in the same manner otherwise. I like the way all the shapes landed on her arm and how it moves with her figure. I really enjoy the symbolism and cerebral qualities of this piece and am so honored to have a chance to tattoo this on Alexis.
We are off to a good start, here are some pics from her recent session at Hyperspacestudios.
Cosmic Mandala set in progress
Greetings from the land of Hyperspacestudios where I just finished a marathon tattoo session inking a cosmic mandala bodyset on my client Lesyle. I put together this on the fly video from phone clips to try and capture a piece of this magical transformation to share with you. Though this is only the first pass it is off to a great start and I look forwards to the next session. The music in the video is by H.U.V.A Network, Orientations pt 2. This track was playing in the background while doing this piece and so appropriately reflected the feeling and energy of everything in that moment. Hope you enjoy the video and to post some more work sessions soon.
Greetings, and welcome to MicheleWortman.com. This is the first blog at my new site. Here you can take a look at paintings, bodyset and singular tattoos for women, and photography of subjects that inspire me, along with a collection of figurative sketches that I have done over the years. You can also listen to my music project Sunchannel and check out the music videos.
Recently I was featured in Inked Magazine discussing the distinct approach to tattooing that my work is known for, and colorful partnership with fellow artist Guy Aitchison, the other half of Hyperspace Studios. Here's a brief excerpt from the article:
INKED: Would you say your style is more feminine?
MICHELE: It’s interesting you should say that because, originally, I had wanted a half sleeve of flowers and this girl looked at me, rolled her eyes and said, “You would get that. How typical of you.” That bothered me, so I decided I would rebel against my “feminine nature” and get architecture, which is very masculine in my opinion, very man-made. The fact that I rebelled against my feminine nature in the beginning only to come back to it later was an interesting lesson for me...
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Thanks and happy winter,
Photo by David Torrence