|Bird of a Feather ~ Fiber Art|
My inspiration for the low resolution sculpture was an original fiber art piece called "Bird of a Feather." This piece was created using two photos, one of a raven and the second of a detail of a feather. Once the two photos were joined using photoshop software, I printed the image onto cotton. Next, the raven was free motion stitched and the feather was machine stitched. The raven's wing was extended outside the frame of the original photo.
In class, we fabricated the figure using molding clay. The mold was made from latex, a flexible material that captures the details of a clay sculpture fairly well. Once the mold was complete, plaster of paris was used as the mold compound material. Each plaster cast piece was painted. I experimented with inks, oil paint, acrylic paint,water color paint, crafting wax pigments, and encaustic wax.
Ten birds were completed with different material applications. Working with various sources of media, basically anything I could get my hands on, was fun ... I was motivated by seeing the results of the media and combinations applied to the plaster.
|Water color paint, oil paint, and ink on plaster|
|Water color paint on geso ground|
|Background = wax metallic pigment, Bird = acrylic paint|
|Encaustic wax application|
|Framed landscape purchased at a local thrift shop|