Monday, September 29, 2008

Diving in!

I should go without a sewing machine more often -- I have not had such a creative week in years, LOL! (On the other hand, I am becoming VERY annoyed at the delay, and will be picking it up this weekend whether it's ready or not. 5 weeks for a cleaning? Sheesh!)

Does anyone remember this piece? I know I blogged it, but I can't find the original reference. She began as an experiment with Genesis paints on fabric, then morphed into a game to see if I could sculpt a face in profile. I never really did take her very seriously - in fact I almost threw her away in the last purge of my studio because I just didn't know what to do to her. That was BEFORE my experience at the Retreat in Iowa!

This week I sculpted and attached her hands and forearms, draped some hand dyed silk in blue and purple over and around her form, and draped cheesecloth over that. I had another piece of cheesecloth billowing up and off to right, but I had to take it off. I forgot to stir the Paverpol before adding the fabric, so it never did get hard and it drooped rather depressingly. I am going to replace that piece tonight -- it really needs it to balance the extreme curve of her body -- and I WILL remember to stir the Paverpol this time.

The pebbles, shells, and sand are attached to her base and skull with Aves apoxy sculpt. I gathered all of them myself on various trips to the Coast over the years. I think Jake is relieved to see the results of my beachcombing finally being used in something at last.

I know this piece was a favorite of my mother's. I am happy to finally be finishing it -- I just wish I could have done so while she was alive to see it. There isn't much left to do to her, but each layer has to dry before the next is applied, so it is taking time to complete.

To kill time while each layer dries, I started playing with something else. Just for fun you know, and to see if I could pull it off.

Judi Wellnitz makes the most fun artsy pincushions in the shape of severed hands. She issued a challenge over on the Doll Street list for others to try making them too, and *this* is the idea that just popped into my head. It doesn't really conform to the rules of the challenge so I probably won't enter it, but it was SO much fun to make.

The bones are sculpted in polymer clay on a 99 cent Goodwill wine glass. (Would you believe it only took me about an hour to sculpt those bones?) The red is several layers of alcohol ink applied to the inside of the glass, and the pincushion is needle-felted wool. I got a little carried away with the "bubbles" of potion oozing over the edge, (large and small holeless beads and glitter applied with glue) but I still love it. I can't help but smile when I look at it.


Kai said...

OH, MY GOODNESS! First of all, the almost-completed piece is amazing! I think you are outdoing yourself these days! That pregnant doll you made at the conference is stunning! So is THIS lovely beshelled lady! And the bones-holding-glass? I smiled so big my face nearly cracked! Where on EARTH did you get the idea to do that? GENIUS! I WANT one! I DO! If ever you decide to make another one, I'd buy it from you in a heartbeat!

Judi W. said...

I will change the rules just so you can enter this piece! Really! It's fabulous!

Louisiana Momma said...

i love the pincushion!!! you know how we both feel about skeletons, but the coolness of this one really appeals to me :-)

Anonymous said...

WOW! She is awesome! I think she originally appeared in your blog on July 31, 2006.

Linda Misa said...

some really great work here Judi - really enjoyed reading your blo. If you would like to link blogs I would love to . Kind regards, Linda.

HElen said...

the doll is gorgeous! Beautiful work!
But the hand pincushion - it is brilliant! just brilliant!

Linda Fleming said...

This doll is stunning, Judi! The embellishing is fantastic. Gorgeous work.

Linda Fleming said...

Oops- forgot to add that your hand is very clever and well sculpted- great work!