Update – Studio work for my Aug. 1 show:
My theme is souvenirs of places I have visited, in real life or in my imagination. Today:
Papeete, capital of Tahiti: Floral fecundity.
In a grand and intriguing gift from the Universe (thanks!) I went to Tahiti several years ago with a small group of wonderful people.
Someday I’ll tell you the story, it’s pretty remarkable, and goes to show that all of our life experiences are part of the Big YinYang. All are personal perceptions of good and bad, embraced by change. Never a dull moment, as my friend Katrina says.
Back to art: For this necklace, I want to convey the lush, opulent abundance of the flowers at the Papeete municipal marketplace. I want to make a souvenir for myself, and translate my impressions into a material object.”Flora” is its title until I know if it will be as I intend.
In Tahiti outrageous plantlife abounds everywhere. Hibiscus blossoms the size of dinner plates, bright blue water lilies crowding the canals, thick green fern fronds unfurling six feet tall in dense bamboo groves, enormous ginger and protea, be still my heart.
One of a kind pieces are often like this. We have a good idea and a bunch of faith, and then we plunge in.
Art is a practice, and a damn funny one for all its intensity.
So first things first. Five simple directions:
Intention, check: as above.
Start with what works: I want to use Mokume Gane, for opulent magical patterning with variations and layered color combinations. I’ll try opaque colors with a hint of pearl for this project. Check.
Schedule: heck, I need to get 15 necklaces made in six weeks. You do the math. Let’s go.
|1. With a rough idea for the feeling of the piece in mind, I sketched and cut out a selection of possible shapes for mokume gane elements. I make different shapes when I draw then when I work in polymer, enabling a different design approach. This inspires - and reminds me – that there are many many more ways to do something than what has always worked in the past
2.Gathering them onto my work surface, I brought together polymer clay bodies that felt right: rich light colors, varying translucencies, pearlescents and opaques.
|8. Detail of the shallow cup shapes. Rather than have flat cutout shapes like the paper sketches, I wanted more dimensionality and life, since these are referencing blossoms.
9. Mokume gane usually results in supplemental usable fragments. Way cool, a bonus to play around and make new pieces. Here’s a few partially finished elements – fragments laid on curved supports- that will be mokume gane broochesat the gallery shop in the very near future.
That’s it for Flora right now. I’ve got other projects to do and explore while this is percolating along.
|10. Next post:
In this post, kinda like a movie trailer, I showed you the Flora progression as a fast and constant flow. However there were detours here and there, when the process was ebbing instead of flowing.
Where have you been that you’d like to translate into a wearable form? Why?
My best wishes for all your creative endeavours!