Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The little girl that played with this doll is now a grown up woman; she has lived in several places around the world with this doll always in close proximity! The doll has witnessed magical times and some of the dreams becoming reality; meanwhile time for make believe games has become less and less necessary...
So here is this tribute to a special friend; the hinged panels open and close, reminiscent of the rituals of putting out the toys to play and back to their place for a rest or a good night's sleep!
The three panels are hinged together with a hidden coptic stitch.
Monoprints done especially for this project are mounted on tubular segments.
Rives BFK, archive pigmented print on xuan, linen waxed cord, PVA adhesive
Patience and love for the craft in putting it together!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here is a preview of one of my latest "book" structures; the wavy shape is achieved by joining segments/cut-outs from cylindrical cardboard boxes and stitching them together.
Every two segments are joint by a hidden stitch, and the pairs are joint by a simple modified coptic stitch. The wavy pages present the "story" of this young lady in wait for her "future" to begin. I see her as if she is waiting patiently in the wings of a theatre stage, to be called for her life's role. The photograph is a portrait of a distant aunt, taken indeed in a turning point of her life just before getting married. I did the photo montage in photoshop, and then printed it on a handmade japanese fine paper, using an Epson printer with archival pigmented inks. The colored rhythmic patterns completing the "collage" are monotypes printed with rubber based inks on an etching press. The photograph has been incorporated on the monoprints by the chine-collé method, at the time they were pulled.
Title: "in the wings"
each panel: 12 x 21 cm, 12 x 55 cm when extended.
Materials: Rives BFK heavyweight, Japanese fine art paper, wheat starch glue, waxed linen cord, VanSon rubber based inks.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Orizomegami is the Japanese art of decorating papers by a method of folding and dipping them into pools of natural dyes. By a variety of intricate folds, patterns reminiscent of stained windows are formed and depending on the number and placement of the folds more complex patterns appear.
I am planning to attempt a tutorial on this, so check back soon and let me know if you are interested.