Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Lastly I decorated with beads and sequins to add some texture, more pattern, and oodles of character. I handed my 3 canvases in on the 15th October and the Red Bull staff were fabulous and very friendly. Hopefully my work will be considered for the end of the year exhibition.
My brain is already working on my entry for the next competition in 2010. I'm not saying anything now, but I will definitely make use of the 2 years' preparation time to work on something spectacular.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here is my finished piece for the Life in your Hands swap. We had to draw the outline of our hand and decorate it to represent our life. This was a fun one to make and the idea for it popped into my head as soon as I saw the theme. I also included a booklet with some current vouchers from the Dubai Entertainer, so if my swap partners come and visit Dubai before the end of December, they can have "buy one, get one free" on the ski slope, dhow cruise, some dinners and an entry to the new Atlantis waterpark! (Dubai - city of opportunity, lol.)
The base of the hand is a photograph I took of the windblown patterns in the sand in the desert just outside of Hatta. You don't have to go far away from the roadside to get awesome photos. The patterns on the fingers are one of my nicer rubberstamps - I collect ones with nice patterns on and this looked just like a henna pattern.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
First are the little houses. These were fun to make and decorate. I used some of my postage stamps that were from cardboard parcels so they had a thick backing. It added nice dimension. I also added some scented flower petals and used some of my old buttons. The Justice houses feature one of my carved stamps. The image is from an old photo of a school play in the 1960s. The guy looked very lawyerly, so I mirror-imaged it and tinted it blue to match the sequins.
The fabric is velvety and has purple mixed in with the blues - irresistable!
Of course, I just HAD to put them all in my hair to see what it looked like. It reminds me of the swimcaps from the 1960s that were full of flowerpetals too, lol.
Here she is posing on a tree trunk in her little bikini. There are pencil marks on the photo where she tried to make her thighs look thinner! I immediately thought of the song "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and coloured the bikini yellow. The gold flourishes are beads I embroidered by hand. The photo is surrounded by yellow letter beads: Z or N (depending on orientation) and O. Together they make Zero or No, another little commentary on social issues for women.
I find it fascinating that this lady was brave enough to be seen in public in her bikini, but privately she tried to alter the proof thereof. Each woman has to deal with her inner beast.
This piece is currently on display at Paperlane scrapbook shop in Dubai, where I am going to be teaching classes part-time from September.