Elayna Toby’s “Art That Moves” : Imaginative Mobiles For Your Home And Garden and Wearable Kinetic Adornments

Artist Elayna Toby sees an interconnectedness of nature and human-made items that most of us miss. She started as a jeweler in the late 1980’s and has been creating mobiles since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County over the past seven years. Her true joy is transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary.  Elayna Toby’s re-imagining and re-purposing  brings us decorative kinetic mobile for the home and garden plus wearable sculpture! Her moving sculptures stir, sway and twirl outdoors in the wind – and indoors by the breeze of a fan or vent.  Feel the freedom of the movement! The Rickie Report shares Elayna Toby’s journey to bring us “Art That Moves” just in time for the holidays. Here are some sneak peeks and the story of her journey.

 

 

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ART THAT MOVES

An Introduction:

” Mobiles, Kinetic-Connections,” 

and

“RePurposing”

 

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Elayna Toby Singer shares, “I am drawn to materials that come from the earth and to forms transformed through encounters with the elements. Presented in new contexts, each object’s intrinsic beauty is revealed. Balance and movement stir from the center connecting with our emotional, physical and spiritual core. Linking one object to the next, both physically and visually, awareness moves between root and crown. The space between reminds us to breathe. With each twirl and sound, energy shifts, spirit awakens, transformation occurs”.

 

 

Over a year ago, as the City of Boynton Beach prepared for the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Elayna Toby’s vision for transforming an old kapok tree into a kinetic sculpture was percolating. For three days only, February 6-8, 2015, the tree was transformed into living kinetic art with 16-foot long, twirling strands bedecking its grand limbs.  This magical community art project was honored with the “People’s Choice Award,” selected by thousands of attendees who voted on 14 outdoor showcased kinetic sculptures by artists from around the world.

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree video

 

 

 

 

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“Kinetic-Connections” at the kapok tree 

 

Elayna Toby conceived of “Kinetic Connections” as a way to encourage everyone to tap their inner artist, re-imagine everyday objects as art, and to join in on the transformative project. She held community workshops; provided County-wide drop boxes for contributed items; and ultimately combined the items with her own pieces to craft the thousands of objects into the kinetic strands.

Selected from more than 100 International entries, “Kinetic-Connections” was featured as one of 25 Kinetic Projects in CODA magazine, being. The creative up-cycling, community art project Kinetic-Connections is still making an impact in the art world.

CODAmagazine Featuring “Kinetic-Connections”

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Elayna Toby “Re-Imagining” in her studio

“Re-Imagination Series”

 

The artist tells The Rickie Report, “During the Kinetic Art Symposium half of the 16 foot long strands were sold right off the tree. To celebrate “the season of light” and forthcoming New Year, the remaining strands from the kapok tree are being “Re-Imagined” into 4 foot strands with more embellishments, including additional mirrors which delightfully reflect and bounce the light. These new mobiles are now available in my online shop to add twirling happiness to one’s home or garden”. 

 

Click Here To See “Re-Imaginations”

 

 

 

 

“Excessories”

 

Recently inspired by a friend wondering what to do with the remaining “onesie” earrings after its match is lost or broken, Elayna Toby created “Excessories”, which invited the public to contribute their excess accessory pieces towards the original project. A percent of proceeds will benefit the development of the local fashion district in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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Elayna Toby continued her tradition of collecting “stories of stuff,” which provided a rich narrative for the individual pieces, and for the sculpture composition as a whole. She tells us, ” A tape measure from noted Worth Avenue designer Alfred Fiadace; a lapel pin in the shape of a submarine donated from the wife of a man who retired from the Navy – the stories are moving, whimsical and meaningful.

 

 

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Note the “onesie” earring which is now part of  “Excessories” 

 

 

Nearly 200 re-imagined pieces were combined into a rich composition of colors, textures and sounds. The individual “excessories” themselves include pieces by Roberto Cavalli and Versace, vintage couture, tools of the trade (spools, tape measures) and more. The results is a kinetic wall sculpture; a visual tapestry woven with the histories behind each piece.

 

 

 

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Sample excess accessories before they were re-imagined into “Excessories”

 

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Personalized Adornments:

 

Elayna Toby began as a jewelry designer, fashioning her first kinetic piece as earrings. Her “aha” mobile moment happened when she was working at a botanical garden. Inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.  The journey continues today with her mobile kinetic earrings that express her passion for repurposing and creative reuse.

 

 

Elayna Toby uses only “cold connections” – no welding or soldering. She combines wrapping and knotting techniques, swivels and metal links, to connect one object to another.  Re-imagined and re-purposed everyday objects are combined to extraordinary effect.  All of her moving sculpture and kinetic jewelry are one-of-a-kind.

 

 

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“Wash & Wear Series”

Mobile, Kinetic Earrings

 

 

“The “Wash & Wear” series features found washers I’ve collected, cleaned and cleverly re-imagined. Given that washers hold things together, stability and connection will come to all who adorn themselves with these wearable kinetic sculptures”.

 

 

See more kinetic Earrings Here

 

 

 

Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Oh My! 

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Bracelet: Vintage Belt Buckle, Glass Beads, Naturally Oxidized Copper Wire,

Earrings: Glass Beads, Brass Earwire

The natural properties and symbolism associated with each piece’s beads and metals infuses every Elayna Toby creation.  For the bracelet set above, flexibility and strength, clarity and grounding properties ignite to alchemical effect.

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Bracelet and Earrings: Turquoise, Wire

 

 

 

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“Pursue Your Dreams” “Bee Happy” and “Can You Dig It?”

 

 

Mobiles, Kinetic Art

For The Home And Garden

 

 

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“Mightily” From Elayna Toby’s “Twirlin series”

 

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“UNWound”

Recent Commissioned Piece by Elayna Toby

 

Take “unique” and “original” to a whole new level!

Commission Elayna Toby to create jewelry or a mobile especially for you or someone you love.

 

 

 

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To Shop, or get more information about Elayna Toby’s creations, please visit:

 

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Email Elayna Toby

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Or email Elayna Toby elayna@elaynatobyart.com

Exhibitions and Press

“International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Winter 2015; ARTPalmBeach, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2015; OSGS Gallery, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2015; American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2014; “No Boundaries” Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Fall 2013; “International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium” Boynton Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Fashion ARTillery” Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2013; “Anatomy of Spirit” Studio 1608 West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2012; Inspired  West Palm Beach,  FL – Winter  2012; “Evergreen” Gallery 110 East  Delray Beach, FL – Spring 2011; 35th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2011 “Candlelier” shown hanging from the pergola as part of Terrace installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “New*Art” Armory Art Center  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2010; “Midtown Urban Arts Show” Midtown Commerce Center  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fall 2010;  “Ecology Art at the Gardens” Ann Norton Sculpture Garden  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; 34th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House  West Palm Beach, FL – Winter 2010 “Inner Flame” shown as part of Eco-Lounge installation by Veronica Volani-Inza of Smith and Moore Architects, Inc.; “Right Here, Right Now” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Spring 2010; “VISIONS+” Studio 1608  West Palm Beach, FL – Fall 2009; “Shades of Green” Meyerhoefer Gallery  Lake Worth, FL – Summer 2008.

 

Follow links for Elayna Toby news….

Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Extra Step, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Backstage Pass, page 154 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum – On The Spot, page 8 – February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Boca Magazine – Moving Sculptures, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Coastal Star, February 2015; Kinetic-Connections, Sun-Sentinel, January 2015; Kinetic-Connections, The Palm Beacher, December 2014; Kinetic-Connections, WPTV, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Boynton Beach Forum, page 5 – November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Post, November 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Florida Weekly, Nov. 2014; Kinetic-Connections, Sun Sentinel, October 2014; No Boundaries, Palm Beach Arts, October 2013; Bob Villa Highlights Elayna Toby Art, 2013; Traditional Home Magazine, March 2012; American Red Cross Designer Showcase, Palm Beach Daily News 2011; “Ecological Aesthetic” Palm Beach Daily News – 5/10/10;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Examiner.com 12/2/09;  Visions+ Studio 1608, Palm Beach Arts Paper – 11/27/09;  Natural Object Mobile Workshop in Merida, Mexico – 8/2/09;  Shades of Green, Meyerhoefer Gallery – 7/26/08.

 

 

 

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First in the U.S., Kinetic Symposium in Boynton Beach Connects With Global Community

Art merges with technology at the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium in Boynton Beach, Feb.6-8, 2015. This event is FREE and open to the public. Kinetic art is a form of art that depends on movement for its effect. One of the best known kinetic art forms is the mobile. However, it includes many kinetic art forms and infinite possibilities will be showcased during the weekend, including 16 iconic outdoor art works by artists including Tom Brewitz, Lin Emery, Jeff Kahn, Paul Daniel, John King and Bill Woods that visitors can experience in a self-guided tour.  All the artwork is designed to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences, and there will be opportunities to meet many of the artists in person.  The Rickie Report shares details, sneak peeks and opportunities for everyone to get involved!

 

 

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2015 International

KINETIC ART

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The February 6-8, 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is the second FREE biennial event. This event will connect you to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

  • Tour 16 iconic kinetic artworks installed outdoor in east Boynton Beach.
  • Participate in the first Kinetic Connection, a community based created kinetic artwork.
  • Join special S.T.E.A.M. learning based youth workshops and see the Solar Tree kinetic art student exhibit!
  • Enjoy over 60 Indoor kinetic artworks and site specific installations.
  • Interact with kinetic art influenced inventions and technological innovations.
  • Attend engaging and educational presentations.
  • Meet international kinetic artists
  • In addition, the event will feature another 60 indoor kinetic artworks for which details are available by visiting http://tinyurl.com/qb255sp.

 

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium was created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach through its Art in Public Places program. It’s supported by; Equity One, Inc., Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Buffalo Wild Wings, Boca Bearings, Hacklab, Solartree Project, Coastal Star, Neighborhood Gallery, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, The Secret Garden Cafe and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. The FREE biennial event is created to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

 

"Bloomer Tree" by Edwin Cheong of Singapore

“Bloomer Tree” by Edwin Cheong of Singapore

 

 

Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager, tells The Rickie Report, “This event, a first in the nation, provides a highly visible international event that nurtures an exciting contemporary art form, while stimulating the local economy, creating an important cultural destination, connecting the local cultural environment in Boynton Beach with the global community.  This unique event connects the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences. It merges art with technology stimulating cultural interaction, education and economic development”.​

 

 

 

Art Merges With Technology at Kinetic Art Event

 

 

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS:

LOCAL COMPANIES BRING REAL-WORLD INNOVATIONS TO BOYNTON BEACH KINETIC ART EXHIBIT!

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, which will be held Feb. 6-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach is designed to connect visitors and participants to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.  Contributing toward that goal will be Boynton Beach-based Boca Bearings and Flipstone Technology’s HackLab, which will each bring real-world technical innovations to the weekend event.
In addition to highlighting their line of ball bearings, roller bearings and linear bearings, which are used by kinetic artists to create their work, and educating the public on how bearings work, Boca Bearings will have multi-rotor and 3-D printing demonstrations at the event. Similar to a hybrid helicopter because it is a multi-rotor aircraft, these small, radio controlled flying machines are being used increasingly for aerial photography and surveillance. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The object is created by laying down consecutive layers of material until the entire object is created.

"Twist" by Ralfonso

“Twist” by Ralfonso

 

From Boca Bearings’ International Innovation Contest

“Bussola”  by  Jennifer Townley

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 (http://tinyurl.com/olrhtqm), Kinetic artist Jennifer Townley will exhibit her entry, “Bussola,” which is named after the Italian word for “compass,” as this three-dimensional work was inspired by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs for a compass dating from 1514. The skeleton-like structure seems to behave like a natural organism that slowly moves forward through space. 

 

Flipstone Technology’s Hacklab North Boynton:

 

Flipstone Technology’s nonprofit organization, Hacklab North Boynton, is dedicated to making the community more aware of real-world technological innovations. (http://tinyurl.com/mpysss2) In keeping with this commitment, Hacklab  North Boynton is bringing its interactive “Daft Booth” to the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. Based on the sound booth used at the 2014 Grammy Awards by by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, the “Daft Booth” is an interactive soundboard that incorporates musical samplings of the duo.  Buttons, light and sound are meshed together in such a way that anybody can use the booth to turn themselves into their own DJ.

 

Sarah Younger, a 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium “People Choice Award” winner, has partnered with Hacklab North Boynton to offer free public workshops Jan. 10 and 24, 2015, on how to work with technologies and build renewable energy art forms. Completed projects will be showcased at the International Art Exhibit and Symposium. For more information, visit www.LampInfo.org; emailLampInc@comcast.net; or on Facebook at Living Arts Meta Programs.

 

"Sun Tattler" by Paul Daniel

“Sun Tattler” by Paul Daniel

 

 MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT TO KINETIC ART:

 

The exhibit and symposium also leaves room to connect with kinetic art through educational presentations both days. Presenters include working kinetic artists and educators Paul Daniels, Behnaz Farahi, Jay Flanzbaum, Angus Forbes, Jerzy Kedziora, Cory Oliver, Ralfonso, Nancy Schiffer, and Rein Treifeldt. They will cover the historical, present and future of kinetic art.

 

Kinetic Connections

 

There will be interactive participation in many of the displays. For example, visitors are invited to meet artist Elayna Toby who has transformed an old tree into a kinetic sculpture.

 

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Meet Me At The Tree!

 

 

A compilation video about the hundreds of community contributed items that make up Kinetic-Connections will be featured adjacent to the transformed tree during the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium from February 6-8, 2015.

 

Kinetic-Connections will be a temporary piece taken down at the end of the symposium, leaving the tree in its original state, as if untouched. The strands, inspired by and generated from the community, will then be “recycled” back into the world, made available for sale as decorations for home or garden. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these strands will benefit the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program and Resource Depot.

 

Kinetic Solar Butterflies

Kinetic Solar Butterflies

 

 

Visitors can also learn about solar energy and construct dancing solar butterflies that will join hundreds of other solar butterflies on exhibit at the City’s Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. There’s an opportunity to become your own DJ by using the buttons, lights and sounds in HackLab North Boynton’s “Daft Booth,” inspired by the Grammy Award winning group Daft Punk.

 

Complementing these activities will be original projects such as an outdoor kinetic dance performance by Boytnon Beach Community High School’s dance academy. Students from Ft. Lauderdale’s Central Charter School will exhibit their maquette and marketing plans for their solar tree project.

 

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Educational component of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. 

 

Central Charter School of Boca Raton, Florida will participate in the International Solar Tree Kinetic Art Sculpture program created by International Kinetic artist Rein Triefeldt.

 

When the Arts Commission was forming their visioning plan their goal was to deliver an art event that transcended typical art fairs, brought international attention to the City of Boynton Beach, educated and engaged the public in the arts.  Ralfonso shared similar goals and was often approached by educators to speak to students about how Kinetic Art is made. Ralfonso brought his experience with kinetic art projects. He collaborated with universities in China and Sweden to integrated the creative disciplines such as sculpture, engineering, science, physics, fabrication and the environment to create dynamic kinetic art sculptures.  These have been huge successes and a learning experience for all involved.

 

Kinetic Art organization co-founder,  Rein Treifledt who has created functional solar driven kinetic art throughout the Nation and now Internationally was introduced to the collaborative.  Rein’s interdisciplinary curriculum is the exact focus for integrated based  learning that is now becoming a National standard.  He has been working with professors at Drexel University to incorporate his Kinetic Solar Art curriculum into the national school systems.

 

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The weekend concludes with an artists’ awards ceremony. For a complete schedule of events and venues, visit www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291