Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More Time, More Art

One of my entries in progress for the Alaska Fiber Festival Wearable Art Show, "Power Suit For Casual Fridays."

"Too Much Dress Up"
To accommodate additional artists who have works in other Wearable Art Shows here in Alaska and the lower 48 this month and still want to enter our show, the deadline for the Eye of the Beholder Wearable Art show here in Anchorage has been extended until February 27. What?! More Time?! Woot! –with all of this extra time let me completely deconstruct my entries this week and explore even more ideas! Extending deadlines is not a good thing for me because I tend to work best under pressure and there are just way too many ideas that can always be made! My entry “Too Much Dress Up” using lots of PINK BARBIE accessories as found objects has been a kick to make but has also had structural challenges with the weight of the collaged accessories pulling too much on the front of the dress. In this sneak peek of images I’m not finished with the shoulder treatments but the head piece and accessory bracelet are complete. The head piece is a Barbie luggage set stuffed with girl-pink must-haves! The bracelet is a chunky wristband made using all Barbie hairbrushes on a hair scrunchie, that is totally FUN to wear and look at. My second entry “Power Suit For Casual Fridays” is a retake on my metal sculpture “Power Suit” of plasma cut and welded steel with copper embellishments, hardware, aluminum mesh and purple faux fur lining the breast cones. I’m working on a hip denim mini-skirt with free moving “pleats” that will be worn under the “suit’s corset” area. With all of this EXTRA TIME, who knows both designs may be completely transformed this week, yet AGAIN!
Design ideas for one of my entries in the Alaska Fiber Festival Wearable Art Show "Power Suit for Casual Fridays."

I Stopped by 2 Friends Gallery today and saw that my Art Quilts were up! Jacqui purchased 8 of my fiber pieces. It was hard to see them leave the studio but hopefully the pieces will all find good homes! I’m still in love with most of them, especially the large Crane. My art work usually needs to have a “cooling off” period where I set them aside in the studio, not look at them for a while before I’m able to let them go. Most of my fiber work has been especially hard for me to part with, maybe because I spend so much time on each one and really enjoy what I’m making.

My Art Quilts on display and for sale in the 2 Friends Gallery.

With the temps FINALLY above zero, we were able to enjoy Westchester Lagoon on our evening walkies! January is on track to be one of the most frigid months on record in Alaska history, according to the National Weather Service. The average temperature in Anchorage for January so far is 2.7 degrees.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/01/27/2287406/anchorage-on-track-to-set-record.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/01/27/2287406/anchorage-on-track-to-set-record.html#storylink=cpy


Linda Starr said...

How creative your garments are and the quilts too, how are the quilts hung on the wall, they almost look framed.

Tracey Broome said...

I hate to say this to you, but we are going to hit 70 degrees today! Sorry! I'm loving the barbie thing you got going on, I love me some barbie :)
I know what you mean about letting go of your work, I get a little teary every time I send a house away to a new home.

cindy shake said...

Thank you Linda :)

Tracey, I don't want to hear any complaints that your studio is TOO HOT to work in or "it's to warm to FIRE the kiln!" - HA! I was thinking you probably have a hard time parting with a few of those incredible barns OR how about a little cute Raku sheep that's on my mantle right now?!