the age of nine after seeing a TV show about beatniks
Alan Webster proudly announced to his father "When I
grow up, I'm going to be a beatnik artist". He then received
his first lecture on getting an education and not becoming a lazy
bum upon reaching adulthood. Alan has succeeded in his life long
quest of being an artist, and no one has yet called him a lazy bum
at least not to his face!
In high school
art class Alan focused on jewelry making and bronze casting, which
lead to majoring in silversmithing, sculpture and ceramics in college.
It was while studying sculpture that he was introduced to mold making.
After graduating with a BFA in design, Alan went into business as
a studio potter for ten years and also worked in a sculpture foundry
for seven. He then started Heartland
Art Bronze, a successful art foundry which he operated for
17 years before selling in 2003. Since then he has focused on making
sculpture molds, doing business as Sidekicks Precision Molds.
Alan likes to
describe lifecasting as "three-dimensional photography."
His partnership in ELS is part of a natural progression, combining
his remarkable talents and skills as a sculptor, photographer and
master mold maker.
DuBois has relentlessly pursued creative projects since he was
5 years old, when he was inspired to build a wooden Batcopter in
his father's workshop after watching a Batman episode. This turned
out to be auspicious event, as it marked the beginning of not only
a lifelong career in various creative shops, but also a lifelong
passion for aviation. Building and flying radio-controlled airplanes
as a teen turned into building and flying full-size aircraft as
an adult. He also began building stringed musical instruments in
his teens. Doug's self-learned design and fabrication skills led
him to careers in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing,
with highlights in the aerospace, pipe organ and pharmaceutical
industries. He is considered a master craftsman by his peers and
Doug is inspired
by the beauty of the human body, and is pleased to be engaged in
a process that artistically captures its sensual shapes and forms.
His eye for detail and practical experiences in a wide range of
creative disciplines provide a nice complement to Alan's extensive
Doug's web site
is based on his personal propensity for committing aviation. He
notes that lifecasting provides another way to "question gravity,"
and encourages everyone to preserve their form in a lifecast before
gravity begins to have its way with it!
Ramberg is a well-known Lawrence-area sculptor and art teacher.
She is also the mother of five and a midwife, making her imminently
qualified to assist with the creation of a pregnancy casting or
"belly mask." She is also available to help custom-decorate
your lifecasting or belly mask in a creative manner. We are happy
to make Laura available for any clients who would be more comfortable
having a female artist during their bodymolding session.
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