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Breathing Life into Inanimate Objects

I must say I love doing it!

My studio has been a bustling place to be these last couple of days. I taught a friend how to make a mosaic (she is, for the record, totally besotted and has already scoped out her studio in her garage!!! Yay) and then a little 4 year old came over (one of my daughter’s womb buddies) and made a stepping stone. She rocked that mosaic!!! We were done in an hour and she was asking me what we could do next 😉 My kinda gal!

I finished, 100%, my commission-du-jour, Sir Elton. He’s not only grouted, but signed, sealed and on his way to be delivered. It’s rather exciting and then not so… The departure is all too sudden. I know, daft really. After all they are just inanimate objects. Why should I get so attached?! I never feel like I do until I have to say goodbye. So Sir Elton is packed in a box, surrounded by a some kind of foam, that was liquid so it could dry into his shape and mould him all the way to Seoul, Korea. He’s the one on the right 😉

Chicky Babes

Sir Elton

Called on the paparazzi for these pictures (by my sister Lee Grant). After all who knows when we’ll get Liberace and Sir Elton together again?! 😉 I have plans for perhaps extending the series even further 🙂 Why not?! I might as well now and from this day forth be known as “The Chicken Lady”. {teehee…} I’m very pleased how he turned out. Let’s all hope that he makes it over in one piece…

Next on my hit list is the next commission – a big fish, another 3D sculpture. I’m excited about this one. Stuck a few tiles on him today and he’s come alive already. It’s exciting to watch. His tail is broken so I’m going to have to make and attach a new section on. I’m thinking mesh + thinset + *maybe* (if it’s necessary) some polystyrene… A bit of Darjit would be useful! Still need to follow up on that workshop. It’d be fun to do. There was talk about a workshop being held down my way… I have considered organising a one here, maybe even at the Art School at Uni. I think there’d be plenty of people interested. Just another thing to do really and fairly low on my list of priorities, I might add. Almost did one while I was over in San Francisco, as there was a course right after the mural workshop I participated in at IMA. Oh if I didn’t have a life and all I had to do was travel, make mosaics and meet lotsa cool, talented artists! 🙂 Hmmm… actually now that I see it in writing, it’s what I do, just part time! That makes me feel better, I think… I think I just implied to myself that I have no life. Hmmm, time to get some sleep I think. 😉

So on that note: Voila! Here is one of my WIPs (I’m actually working on 4 different projects right now, that’s a little psychotic is it not?!). I think he’s going to be loads of fun!

Moby?!

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Ballet Pointes and Sir Elton WIPs

So I have a couple projects on the go right now. Sir Elton is coming along faster than I originally thought he would, so that is great! I’m almost done with his tail, then it will be filling in his body and flying to his new owners…

Sir Elton coming along

Decided the other day to try and finish off the pointes I got last year… before I leave to go OS next week!!! I thought they’d go fairly quickly since they are relatively small pointes, but they are super fiddly!!! I got them mostly ready last year and filled them with that expandable foam just the other day. That stuff is hilarious!!! Check it out…

Ballet shoe WIP

Seriously expands like a mofo!!! LOL!!! Anyway, nothing a knife can’t fix 😉 What is really daft is the fact that the company don’t sell the attachments for the spray foam separately. So unless you have acetone laying around the house (no I don’t!!!) it renders the little attachment completely useless. What a waste! Must ring the company to suggest selling these, and suggest sending me a box for such a great suggestion… 😉

Anyway, after a day’s work this is as far as I got. Quite fiddly as I’m using very small pieces, but also the angles are all screwy and from a design perspective it’s alot more complex laying the tile than I expected it to be. I’m trying to not leave huge gaps (especially where the tess meet at an angle). Hopefully I get it right. Lots to add still… this is only the beginning. I have diamante thread that will go around the top… so far happy with it. It’s been a challenge… and I certainly have needed it.

Ballet Pointes WIP

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Macquarie Primary School

The Macquarie Primary School is home to a few mosaics made by Linda Davy. Linda is a prominent artist in the Canberra region and a mother of students at the primary school. I believe she made these in 2005, but I could be wrong! She was awarded an ACT Children’s Week Award in 2005 for her work here.

The chess pit was made with the help of students – I’m not sure which class – and all the materials used are ceramic on concrete stepping stones. Not too sure what the cubes are made of.

Apparently this is the spot for the Y 6s to hang out in… 😉 There are also large chess pieces that were purchased so the kids can play a game of chess when they want to.

There are also more pics of this on my Flickr site in the set called ‘Canberra Mosaics’.

Macquarie Primary Welcome Panel

This, as great as it is, is a good example of what not to do when making a big mural. You can see exactly where the seams are – such a shame because that ruins a potentially great piece! This is where cutting up the mural in “puzzle pieces” comes in handy and then not mosaicing right to the edge of each but rather, once up, filling in the mosaic so that it is seamless… Pretty important on large pieces! Otherwise pretty fantastic!

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Liberace

Liberace

Finally finished Liberace, after almost exactly a year… maybe it’s been longer. I dare say it has! In any case he’s done and overall I’m pretty happy with him. He’s a keeper, I think I’ll put him up on my deck. Somewhere he’s not going to get knocked over by kids and dog 🙂 Originally he was going to go up on a pedestal in the chook pen, but eeeewww! he’ll get gross in there! 😉

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