Monday, February 22, 2010
This was one of the pieces I did for Art in my final year at School... It's now over 3 years old and I've finally decided to get rid of it. It just stands in my dining room, still looks the same and the leaves have not changed except for getting more brittle.
The dress is made on to a mannequin, I create the frame from chicken wire, the stuck a layer of fabric which I stuck the leaves onto... here are a couple of pics showing how I made it. It took months to make, everyone thought I was mad and didn't think I'd finish... but I did.
'The inspiration for my work came from studying nature, in particular trees and the seasonal cycle they go through each year. Repeated natural patterns and layers were also important elements as well as natural textures and colours in my work. In creating the dress I wanted to use only leaves that I collected and keep their natural colours. I wanted to communicate the feeling of autumn but also have an association to the drought problem that is so prevalent in our country at present. I decided to focus on the elements of texture and shape found in nature which ultimately lead to me communicating this through a 3D piece. The dress was made, firstly by creating the shape from chicken wire, then covering it in a thin fabric, which is what I glued each individual leaf onto. The leaves I’ve used are from a New Zealand Christmas tree that I hand picked and pressed in preparations to be stuck on to the dress, the red leaves are Japanese Maples and Liquid Amber leaves. My work had no political agenda or comment behind it. It was art, for art sake, influenced by the individuality of the viewer to prompt feelings and opinions. By aiming solely at effectively conveying my own style I could explore a number of different approaches and find the media and techniques that fully engages the audience.'
I used majority of all of the leaves from this tree... It's a New Zealand Christmas tree bush, the leaves are normally a dark green but when they die they turn this bright off white colour.
I bought the mannequin from a wedding dress shop for $10! I created the frame of the dress from chicken wire..
Once I was happy with the shape of the dress, I covered the entire frame with fabric so I had a surface that I could stick the leaves onto easily.
.... Then it began, took be hours/days to stick all the leaves on, I used superglue for some of it and Quiklock glue for the rest, there is probably over a litres of glue in the entire piece. I had to soak all the leaves in water so I could press them without breaking them. Once there were dry and pressed I stuck them on, one by one.
I added Japanese maple leaves around the bottom section of the dress to add a bit of detail and to go with red leaves around the top of the dress which are liquid Amber leaves.
Friday, February 19, 2010
cross-eyed mosquitos and bow-legged ants,
I stand before you to sit behind you
to tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Thursday, which is Good Friday,
there's a Mother's Day meeting for fathers only;
wear your best clothes if you haven't any.
Please come if you can't; if you can, stay at home.
Admission is free, pay at the door;
pull up a chair and sit on the floor.
It makes no difference where you sit,
the man in the gallery's sure to spit.
The show is over, but before you go,
let me tell you a story I don't really know.
One bright day in the middle of the night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
The blind man went to see fair play;
the mute man went to shout "hooray!"
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came and killed the two dead boys.
A paralysed donkey passing by
kicked the blind man in the eye;
knocked him through a nine-inch wall,
into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
If you don't believe this lie is true,
ask the blind man; he saw it too!
Back story: I was in the fruit shop this afternoon and a very 'aussie' looking middle aged guys walks in... He bought about 5kg of potatoes and that was it. The cashier girl commented on how many potatoes he was buying and he replied with; "I don't eat fruit or vegetables... Vegetables are what food eats" --- Made me smile
Thursday, February 18, 2010
- Jack Kerouac