In Pursuit Of … #2

So, here is the start of my second creation in this irregular “semi-regular” post series.

(Yes, that sounds confusing to me too – best just accept that I will randomly post stuff when I feel the urge to do so, with no set pattern or regularity, even though I may have alluded to the fact that I would, in fact, do so on a semi-regular basis!)

These posts seem to need the “stream of consiousness” approach to how the pieces start to be created, so get ready for the dot points:

    • decide I need to create something
    • look around my work space to see what is waiting for “inspiration”
    • select a 2/3 finished project that has been gathering dust on the bench for months
    • celebrate the fact that this project needs wood, and thus, a trip to my local supplier is required
      • note: it is always important to justify my emerging addiction
    • go to The Wood Guys and appreciate all the gorgeous timber
    • touch the timber
    • smell the timber
    • feast my eyes on the timber – the knots, burls, grains, colours and textures
    • let my soul free to find the weird shapes, the cracked, broken and void filled remnants of a living entity, that I am so drawn to
      • (yes, I get a bit carried way, but have you ever, truly, looked a beautiful piece of raw timber to appreciate it – you really, really should)
    • sadly accept that I cannot buy all of the timber
      • – I CANNOT!
    • buy more than I need for the current project, because, you know, timber is GOOD.
    • drive home, savouring the aroma of raw timber lingering in your personal space.
    • Table #1 (1)
    • Tabel #2 (4)
    • change your mind about what you are going to create first, and go completely off plan!
    • start all the boring prep work
    • sand all the raggedy bits – but not TOO much – I like the character of them
    • chop them in half, and arrange them till i get something I think will work
    • lay them on acrylic sheet and mark out the size for the form
    • measure, cut and sand pine boards to sizes to form the boxwork
    • curl up in chair exhausted (but satsified at the progress made)
    • daydream of wood, and it’s future melding with resin

 

………..  to be continued

 

Flowers – and how to preserve them

Spring has Sprung in the South of the world, and in my little slice the daffies, crocus, hellebores and camellias are flowering.

So, what better way to preserve these lovelies than suffocating them in silica sand for 7 days and drowning them in resin (to use in my art).

Dried Florals
Dried Flowers – silica sand still dusting them

Here’s a camellia that has just started her bath.

Camellia in Resin in Glass (1)
Resin – Layer 1

Once you have suffocated and drowned your flowers, you are ready to hang them.  Here’s a new method I am trialling using black organza ribbon – appropriate for hanging, don’t ya think!

For those who struggle with the trauma associated with suffocating, drowning, or hanging flowers – don’t despair, or feel blue, as inversion therapy can assist.

 

Note:  No flowers were harmed in the making of this post (well, not anymore than if you picked them from the garden and put them in a vase to slowly die from soil starvation).