Good morning ladies and gentlemen, bloggers and blogettes! This morning we're going to do some getting to know you things where I introduce my favorite past projects so you can better understand what to expect in the future. I'm going to give you my top 5 best/favorite pieces and maybe one I am working on right now! Ready? Here we go!
The first project I'd like to introduce you to is my from my mermaid collection. You'll find that I make a lot of clay mermaids, and that I absolutely adore them in general. The interesting thing about this project is the water. I used a technique called bubble paint which mixes paint, water, and dish soap and creates an extremely frothy mixture. After, a straw is used to make bubbles that spill over the sides of the cup or bowl and onto the piece.
Staying with the clay theme is Joshua Giraffe. This is probably my most prized art piece, if I had to pick. He's 8.5 inches long and about 4 inches high, to give you an idea. Painting his little spots on took about a week by themselves. He brought me my first major award in the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and I'm very proud of that.
This project was my final art project this year. We had to pick a social issue that we felt wasn't being addressed. I chose dating abuse with men being the abused party. We had two women come into our health class this year to discuss abusive relationships and they brushed past men being abused. Yes, it's far less frequent, but it's equally as serious. My friend Eliot here was kind enough to pose for me for this project. Happily, Eliot is not in an abusive relationship, so don't worry about that :)
The piece is about 4 feet or so tall and 3.5 wide. The entire drawing was done with chalk pastels and took a couple months to complete.
I made my prom dress this year! (And last year but this one is even better) if you're familiar with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, you'll know Fleur's wedding dress. The dress I created is based off her's. The peacocks are Irish lace crocheted motifs that go up my sides, everything else is satin and a special chiffon. It took 3 months to make and cost far too much but I'm very happy with the outcome. If you look close, you can see the boutonnière my lovely date is wearing. (That's Tavish, he's my boyfriend) The boutonnière is an origami lily, I gave us matching ones too.
Recently, I traveled on a trip to Europe for Girl Scouts. We went to Paris on one of our stops and I realized we'd be going by this amazing bridge. This is Le Pont Des Art, the bridge of the arts in Paris. It's right by the Louvre, thus it's name. It houses thousands of locks that line the bridge, snapped on by happy couples. Naturally, I had to put a lock on and lock my own love! Even more recently, one of the panels broke and fell into the bridge due to the weight of the locks. It was quickly restored but people question the safety and the environmental repercussions of such an art piece more seriously. In hopes to take a little weight off the bridge, I felted a tiny lock with roving wool and knitted an i-chord chain to go around the fence. This way, the lock is very light and I won't have to throw the key into the river like all the other couples do. I'm happy that my art has been left in Paris, along with my love.
Bonus project! This is what I did yesterday while I'm on vacation! I'm making my grandfather the whole collection of Shaun the Sheep characters, from the British TV program. Shaun is sculpy clay over a wire armature and then some white roving wool over his body and his little head. He's poseable and adorable and I love him :)
Okay that's it! Thank you for checking out my page again and reading up about my past art experiences!