Mark Allyn Artistic Journal

Jewelry, Clothing and Light Artist in Portland, Oregon

Light art is art that uses light itself as a medium, along with other media such as glass, steel, quartz, fiber optics, and clear plastic.

Light as a medium is very much alive. By taking light and shining it on different materials, it makes those materials come alive. In my art, I shine lignt from light emitting diodes (LED's) in different directions on different materials. The light is reflected off in different patterns as the viewer looks at the object from different angles.

My modular and easy-to-assemble light art sculptures are from an idea that someone has suggested to me which will enable me to bring a large sculpture to a party without having to use a large case. This sculpture, which is about 3 feet wide and 2 feet high, can be dis-assembled and easily fit into a small suitcase which I can easily carry on public transit or a bicycle.

I am also learning how to integrate micro-sandblasting and glass engraving, along with metal art using a wide variety of found objects into an integrated sculpture. This sculpture uses one hundred percent recycled materials which I have brought to new life.

My light art bicycle is now completed!

All the links under the bicycle gallery below are new!

Or Click Here for Bicycle Light Art!
Or click here for the YouTube Video on my Bicycle Light Art

As a light artist, I feel that it is my obligation to allow only the light's interaction with the medium of the piece of art to show and not to let the source of light itself to show. Whether it be glass that is engraved; artfully ground stainless steel; or natural quartz crystals; I want to have the light appear to come from deep within the media and not from the LED itself.

For those of you who live in the Portland, Oregon area; I do wear these out and about. The places that I commonly wear these pieces are at OMSI After Dark; Portland Gay Mens Chorus Concerts; events with the Radical Faeries; some events at the Q Center; as well as riding my art bike in the evening after dark.

Gifts and things that are of interest for my family are here

Links to Galleries

Light Art and Sculpture

Bicycle Lighting & Art

Lighted Clothing

Welded Jewelry & Accessories

Artistic Clothing

Glass Work

Custom Rainwear

Older Bicycle Lighting & Art

If you are interested in knowing how I created the lighting system on my bicycle or how I created my unique lighted raincoats, I have put together a PDF document. It is available Here.

New Era of Bicycle Lighting

Light Art Museum On A Bicycle

Light Art bicycle

By requst of many people who I know, I have begun a new era of lighted clothing with integrated steel and glass jewelry. This is my first garment with jewelry.

Art Deco Suspenders With Engravings of Angels and Doves Preying

Art Deco Suspenders

Earth Wind Fire Water and Spirit

Necklace with steel pentacle on bicycle gear

This steel sculpture necklace was made on commission for a PBS tv station auction. The colors on the corners of the pentacle symbolize (starting from the left) yellor for air, violet for spirit, blue for water, red for fire, and green for earth. This symbol is used in rituals by ancient (pre-Christian) religions.

Artistic Hand Crafted Clothing

Wool Coat
Using only general patterns for mens' clothing, I perform all detailed design on-the-fly as I construct my garments.

The blue, green, and black wook coat you see was done ad hoc using only a very rough pattern of a double brested trench coat.


Links to Galleries

Light Art and Sculpture

Bicycle Lighting & Art

Lighted Clothing

Welded Jewelry & Accessories

Artistic Clothing

Glass Work

Custom Rainwear

Older Bicycle Lighting & Art

Notice on Commissions

Due to the retirement of one of my reliable sources, as well as major time committments; I am unable to accept any commissions for work. This site is here only as documentation to share my artistic work. Thank you for your understanding.
Please contact allyn (at) well.com or (971) 563-7588 for more information