Monday, 2 February 2015

Revealing new figures

Detail of Unsung Muse by Gillian Cooper

And finally, here are the two new figures I’ve been making. At the private view on Friday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, a number of people were asking how they were made (thanks to all that came along - I had a lovely time and hope you did too). 
Silk ready to be bondawebbed

Unlike the earlier figures, which were made of cotton, these are made from the silk organza which I dyed in pale colours to keep the translucency. 
First layer bonded in place
The organza was then backed with bondaweb, a layer of heat melting glue.  I cut it up into pieces and then laid them out on top of the shape I’d already drawn out.  I then bonded them together using the iron, before stitching them in place to keep them permanently together. 
Both layers bonded in place - a much richer colour

Using paper stencils and paintstiks, I added details, which once it was dry, I stitched around.
With painstik detail
Sounds simple – doesn’t it!  I now need to go and clean the iron and get rid of all the glue I’ve somehow melted on to it.  I’m not quite sure how it got there as I was so careful but as always some ends up on the iron.
Centre of one of the new muses

These figures are very different to the solid ones.  They also look very different when placed on a wall compared with hanging in a room.  
Hanging on their own on the studio wall

The colour is a lot less intense when hung mid-air, which is the main way I want them to be seen, so that you can look at the other figures through them.  However, I also like them on the wall with the rich, bright, intense colour; rather different to the others.

Hanging mixed in with some of the solid Muses


Living to work - working to live said...

Fabulous. Ethereal. I always get glue on the iron despite careful use of parchment paper. This could be most effective with tissue, which has got me thinking. Thank you for sharing.

Gillian Cooper said...

Glad that you found it inspiring. It is a satisfying process.

Maggi said...

I love the ethereal look of these. As for glue on the iron .....

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Maggi. I've been further abusing the iron this morning - you'd think I'd know better by now!

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