Monday saw the deadline for Wearable Art photos which are for pre-selection. This is the step that you are judged purely on your images and statements, a little daunting this year as I am nowhere near finished. But photos have been emailed off and I wait to see at the beginning of March if I have made it through to judging day. This year I have entered the category of Movement. It has been a frustrating journey this year. I could not find the motor I needed and have turned to a 'hand' movement and my skirt I spent over 60 hours on was just not right.... so I started again!!! You know what it's like, if it's not right, it's not right. But I have created something that i am quite fond of. I am fascinated in children's books and the beautiful whimsical images of old vintage books. I love that most Fairy tales started off as dark, horrific sometimes violent stories that have been rewritten over the years. I have a touch of the pop up book in my piece, an opening / closing book and the two themes of Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood... I dare you to google their history!
Over last week, this week and next week I am working in 10 Primary Schools working with the students to create images for a wall mural that I will be painting in two weeks time at Rockingham Shopping Centre. Another artist, Sam Prentice (who is amazing and most definitely worth a Google) is working with the high schools. The theme is 'Your Vibe attracts your tribe' which I love. But a little tricky to work with. Some of the students have struggled with the concept others have created the most interesting beautiful pieces of artwork. It is such an exciting project. The enthusiasm and creativity knows no bounds.
Today i have also finished making 10 paper mache birds. These little 'wordy birdies' will be hung in little copper wire cages (that I am yet to make although I have completed one) These will hang under a huge umbrella outside of a yummy Italian restaurant named Nolita up in Claremont. These are for the gorgeous writers Festival that is held in Claremont in April. I had to apply to design and install a sculpture piece based on the written word. This piece is called 'Wings to the mind' and was inspired by this quote by Plato....'Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything' How beautiful is that? Each cage base will be an old book - of which I have HUNDREDS! However only damaged books will be used..... phew!!!