It's a busy, busy spring here in my studio. I'm working on a new sculpture for a 3 woman show in the USA next May. Pshaw! I hear you cry, that's ages away, but although it's technically a year, it's not too far off, when you consider it takes me 3 solid months' to make a piece and I hope to preview show it here in Dublin in October, so really it's full steam ahead!
I've got the base cape made and am pinning textural ideas to it. (First time in a decade that I've cut a pattern, but it worked surprisingly well.)
The piece explores the ancestral goddess in us all. She is the women that have come before you (think about it, there was always a woman before you!)
She's a shamanic creature, mixed with the animals that have evolved and brought us to the place where we are. I've got the base skull sculpted.
And the tusks and antler maquettes are all underway for casting.
I've spun much of the yarn I need, dyeing some commercially-bought yarn I had in my stash,
but it's all dyed with mushrooms and traditional plant dyes that would have had me burned at the stake as a witch in times gone by.
Chakras at the ready, girls...
And then there's the life-encrustment for the cape that seems to be growing from my crochet hook.
I've my first crochet pattern in print. Whhhheeeeeeeee. Can't wait to see it. (Can't get hold of a copy in Northern Ireland, so the rest of the world has seen it, except me!) And I've another pattern next month, as well as a feature about my studio. Ooh, I'm like a bad rash.
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