Mark Allyn Artistic Journal
Light Artist in Portland,Oregon
Playing With Light And All Types of Materials
When I was five years old, I got a toy flashlight for Christmas. I remember that Christmas
night, I lay in bed aiming the flashlight at the ceiling of the room. I quickly learned that
I could draw patterns using persistence of vision.
My love for light and playing with it began.
A few years later, I got an erector set and tinker toys for Christmas.
My love for making things began.
My first light art project was at 10 years old when I made a house out of blocks and
put night lights in it to simulate light in rooms.
My light art career began when I was about eight years old.
At that time, as a child, I never even dreamed that fifty two years later I will
end up making something like this:
Mark Allyn Pole Dancing in The Last Supper
When I was about 11 years old, I was at Jordan Marsh, a department store in Boston,
looking for tools (yes, I had already started to make things). I saw a clear plastic
slipcover on sale for $1.00. I don't know, why, but I bought it.
Three weeks later, I made a clear plastic raincoat by cutting up that slipcover and
melting the pieces together using a hot light bulb. My first clear plastic raincot.
Again, I had no dream of what I would end up with nearly forty years later:
A Lighted Jacket to Wear Out On The Town
In The Beginning - Sewing From The Heart
My first creative arts were in sewing. These two galleries showcase some of my
sewing project prior to the start of my light career. My these are to let my
imagination shine in what I wear and to let myself shine in the rain!
Handmade Transparent Rainwear
Getting Things Hotter - Welding
I wanted more ways to be creative. What I got instead is power over powerful materials.
Materials like steel and stainless steel. Metals that gave us the industrial revolution.
I learned welding and metalcraft on my own through experimentation and ability to thrive
from my mistakes.
The Inner Light From My Heart
From the time that I played with my toy flashlight in my dark bedroom
late one winter night during childhood, I knew that the inner light
from my heart has yearned to come out and shine. My light art sculptures
and lighted clothing are the manifestation of this light shining from
Helping the light shine from within are my skills in glass engraving and
sandblasting which I picked up while I was learing how to weld steel.
Light Art Sculpture
Pole Dancing at the Last Supper
Using my skills in welding, glass engraving, sandblasting, and metal finishing; as well
as working with light; I was able to manifest the dream of pole dancing inside of
Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper.
Pole Dancing at Last Supper
A Portland, Oregon icon, Rhoda, passed away recently. She was an angel to the Radical Faerie
communities everywhere. This is a tribute to her life and light!
Rhoda's Dancing on Stage
Light Art on a Bicycle
What can be done to create a unique bicycle light? Dreaming and creating for six months
result in this bicycle. I only rode it for a year or so until I had a near accident and
realized that fifty pounds of engraved glass does not handle well on a bicycle, especially
if I am riding downhill in the rain and have to stop quickly. It was fun while it lasted.
Light Art Museum on a Bicycle
How I Made Lighted Clear Plastic Clothing
How I Use Optical Fiber
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