Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New found wisdom at work!

After pouring over and bookmarking all the pages from those Art Nouveau books that appealed to me I made copies of all. Then I poured over the copies. I thought and I thought- how do I make this work for my current project? How do I create some sense of order? Do I make a pattern? I wanted her to have some mixed up melodious story woven in and out.....I wanted complex- like we women are- yet with some sense of a simple overall statement- "I'm just a girl" is what she seems to say to me over and over.

So I cut up all the pieces that I thought incorporated my intentions and laid them out on my living room floor. I moved them around until a picture came to mind and then out came my sketch book.

I soon realized that I would never be able to execute this complex pattern on my girls wavy gown. So I adapted.

I intend to use wire to outline these shapes and fill in with 'frit' which I just learned about. Its crushed up glass. How cool is that? Texture and reflection and depth- yummy eye-candy!

But I am way far away from being done. I want to add in some images of women- between the leaves and fronds.

And then there is the whole front side of her to 'decorate'. Stay tuned folks!


  1. Hi Chris! Your WIP is looking fabulous already. Her gown is amazing. Thanks so much for your sweet visit! I'm loving your graffiti background too! :)

  2. I just love your women. This one is going to be special.

  3. Ooooo, I LOVE it!!! though there are rumors of she and I being sisters, I would like to note my neck is NOT that long!!
    I can't wait to see her finished!!!!!!!

  4. I love her!! I love the idea of using the frit too- how gorgeous she's going to be! I think you're on a roll Chris ♥

  5. Christine, she's looking great. I love Art Nouveau too. I'm a big fan of Alphonse Mucha.

    What kind of materials are you using in this sculpture? It's a much different approach from what I do when I sculpt using Prang DAS pronto air-drying clay.

  6. Thank you guys- you're great! I will post as she progresses but she is a long way from being done!

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  8. Hi, Christine. Thanks for your reply. When you say you use paper mache, I'm assuming it's strips of newspaper with the standard glue and water mixture. Or do you prefer to use flour and water? I'd like your thoughts because I'm planning a large-scale project, and using store-bought paper mache will be costly.

    I appreciate your help.

  9. Wow, this looks like a pretty intense piece. Awesome! I can't wait to see how you finish it. :-)

  10. She is going to be fabulous! Please keep us posted



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