My latest dragonfly creation is finished! 8″ wing span on a 6″ body. ‘Misty Green’ because of the colours of the wing. Wire and wrap techniques using ribbon fabrics. Beads on body for embellishment. Copper legs are new. I like the effect. In nature a dragonfly is a first class predator and has a 95% success rate when hunting. They know what they are after and how to get it. Their strength and longevity (been on the earth a long time) fascinates me.
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As a change of pace this Christmas one of my homemade gifts for someone dear to me was a toy rabbit that stands about 18″ tall (to tip of ears). Not exactly “The” Velveteen Rabbit (which would be much smaller and a different colour) but a variation on the idea.
Its been a long time since I made a toy and I really enjoyed it. Used material from a black plush zipper jacket that had seen better days. Various scraps of suede I had on hand worked well for eyes, nose, and bow. It was a joy to work on. I like the idea of recycling, re-purposing material to use for making a gift and have a few other toy ideas in mind to make for the new year.
Wishing a Happy, Creative New Year to everyone!
“Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – quote by the skin horse from the book “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, 1922
I was looking for an advent calendar to send to my son who is in university and could use a care package from home this time of year. This way I could stretch the care package out over the month. Couldn’t find a sewn one that had pockets and I could fill with goodies so with a little help from perusing a few DIY sites I came up with this calendar. The colour in the photo is uncorrectable and should be a soft green colour; rather like the wall behind it. What I did was take a long table runner and make folds in it and sew them in until I had 24 pockets. Put a dowel through it, added a fancy shoelace at the top, and a few bells and voilà! I had created the right kind of “care package advent calendar” suitable for a young man in university. I made a sturdy, all season model and suggested he might want to keep it on his wall afterwards to hold odds and ends in his room: paper clips, nail clippers, floss, etc.
Place des Arts has their annual Christmas art show up and this year I created my wee doll figures to double as small pin cushions. They stand about 5″ high. This little one is one of six; all very different. I rather like how they turned out and am finding they make for a nice little companion when sewing. The art show is up at Place des Arts in Coquitlam until December 20, 2014.
My work is small scale and because I envision my work in a wall niche I am trying a new presentation model for an upcoming art show; a base/background to hold the work temporarily. I stenciled in spirals on my base and background which is a subtle, textural effect that I like. Shadows on the background may add to the work as well. Something to think about.
My last attempt at creating ‘voice’ for my small stature work was to put the art in frames to hang on the wall (creating a niche effect) but then they were put in a case anyway and now the figures slant backward at an awkward angle… and the tactility is lost because they are behind glass. Sigh.
Recently I brought out my file on dragons when teaching school age children the basics of drawing and watercolour. Kids enjoy drawing dragons. This image is an ink brush drawing I did about 2 years ago as a demo for another class. I’m part of a fibre arts group that will be working around the idea of dragons and I’ll be adapting this sketch into fibre art but not quite sure what form this will take. All I know so far is I need to work in colour and have a slate grey bead put aside for one of the eyes.
There is a lovely word description of a dragon on pp 92-96 in the 1959 book, The Way of Chinese Painting: Its ideas and Technique by Mai-mai Sze, Vintage Books (Random House, Inc.), New York, that I refer to when drawing or painting dragons:
The Chinese Dragon is a composite creature with the head of a bull, muzzle of a donkey, eyes of a rabbit, horns like the antlers of a deer, ears like an Asian elephant, scales like a fish, beard like a man, body like a serpent, feet like a lion, and talons like an eagle.