Monday, October 14, 2013

Assemblage of the more natural variety.

I hosted an Assemblage art swap on craftster because it is an awesome artform and I wanted to see what me and others could get up to with that sort of theme to run with. I definitely tend to gravitate towards more rusty, grungy assemblage projects, but my partner Wulf mentioned loving nature inspired assemblage and I felt the muses telling me to try that way. I did a lot of looking at pictures, googling Andy Goldsworthy (check him out!!) and taking long slow walks around my neighborhood. It was a challenge and refreshing and here's what I came up with...

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I couldn't keep the rusty urges out completely, but I think the small bits I added compliment it well. The yarn weaving was another thing I added in that felt organic and...just fit right. I definitely want to do more stick weaving for myself. I think it looks so beautiful and organic.

I also made another piece that is quite a bit larger but it got too "flowery" for my liking...not to mention its rather heavy being mounted on a piece of plywood!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I really am not a huge fan of bugs...unless they're made by me

I had someone ask me if I could try to make some sort of artsy bug pendant and I thought why not try? It was a bit trickier than I imagined trying to combine a bunch of different elements without getting the proportions way out of wack. But I finally settled on two little guys that have quite a bit of personality!

The first little guy...he's no more than 1.5 inches long with a pen nib as his thorax covering...The wings I made myself!

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How do you ask? My secret...but it does involve wire and tissue paper. Actually I think there's a slightly easier way to do it so the next time I need to come up with some buggy wings I'll try to make a tutorial. It's pretty neat actually.

Here's the daddy. About 2.5 inches long, with some impressive filigree detailing. I used some PearlEx powders to color the bodies.

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I've got another request to make more so there'll probably be more in the future!
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