Friday, January 11, 2008

My First Assemblage

At the request of my former collage teacher, I agreed to make an assemblage incorporating a paper maché heart for a charity auction. After a few fits and starts, I decided to base the piece on a metal sign from an aircraft carrier that says "Ice Cream Room." Thus the ice cream colors and the attempts at coating the elements with "ice."

The ice is made from a product called "Frozen Opals" plus layers of "Glossy Accents." I found that if I squeezed on the Glossy Accents, let it drip just a bit, then hit the drips with a heat gun, I could capture the drips.

Once again, I've run up against my limited photography skills, but you get the idea!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Last Postcard of 2007: Gossamer Curtain

December's postcard exchange colors were "on gossamer wings." I decided to do a gossamer curtain instead. I made the curtain fabric using water-soluble fabric and lots of different fibers all sewn with metallic thread. Here's the whole piece of fabric when it was done. You can see the fibers more on one side than the other.

Here are a couple of close-ups. This stuff does NOT photograph well!

I'm not sure how well I captured the theme, but I'm kinda partial to these cards, which look waaay better in person, as you can see through the fabric.

Huntington Garden with Nona

Last week I visited Huntington Gardens with my art friend Nona who was visiting from New Zealand and does research there along with her professor husband. I got a few good shots at the Japanese Garden so I thought I'd share them here. It was an overcast day, which made shooting photos kind of interesting. As you can see, I love the Japanese icon sculptures.