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An Invite for Alice – Assemblage Art

I got a few more tins the other weekend so its nice to be using them again. Measuring 8cm long, 6cm wide, this one has been used to house a small  corset made from paper and fabric – An Invite for Alice.

A vintage tin art assemblage

A vintage tin art assemblage.

I’m looking for a couple of special tins for a commission I have but I’ve not found them yet.

A mini corset.

A mini corset.

I imagine this one as an invitation from the Mad Hatter to Alice to come and join his infamous tea party. I wanted it to look fun and appeal to the young at heart.

It has a mini teacup and small birds at the waist.

It has a mini teacup and small birds at the waist.

It’s got a little ceramic cup hanging from the corset along with a couple of birds. I like the mismatch of beads as I cam imagine the Mad Hatter’s tea party being very mismatched.

I've used mismatched beads.

I’ve used mismatched beads.

So there you have her, a small three dimensional corset inspired by “Alice In Wonderland”. Constructed from book papers, it is tiny with lots of intricate detail such as a beautiful pale blue colored ribbon edging around the bottom of the corset. A ruffle of white net also along the bottom. The colours and the beads of the piece reflect the mad hatters tea party, a small ceramic cup hangs from the corset as well as some little birds and some brightly coloured beads. On the front of the vintage tin is an invitation to Alice.

An invitation for Alice

An invitation for Alice

Click here to visit my Etsy Shop to buy this piece. My Etsy shop has several other assemblage art pieces for sale; I hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in my Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact me via a “convo” through my Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

March 8, 2013   4 Comments

Assemblage Art or Art Dress

assemblage Art

Assemblage Art or Art Dress

Assemblage art or art dress? Tom keeps asking me, when helping me list items in my Etsy shop, which term best describes my work. Well I like to think of them as pieces of assemblage art. So, what is an “art dress”? I took a quick spin around Google to see if I could find a defenition but, though it returned 314,000 results for the query, there was no real cut and dry defenition of the term. Many of the results returned contained the phrase “art – dress” rather than the exact phrase “art dress” or, the two words just happened to be at the end and begining of a sentence “…..art. Dress……”. The phrase is out there, its just not used as commonly as I thought. However, I did come across one defenition –

Definition of an “art” dress being that it’s somewhat impractical for everyday wear and a little too weird even for special occasion wear. And inspired by something“.

I agree this description matches my dresses but “impractical” may not be the correct word to use, the dresses I make can’t be worn at all.

Assemblage Art

Assemblage Art

Assemblage art, an already well defined term accepted to encompass the artistic process, in which three-dimensional or two-dimensional artistic compositions are created by putting together found objects. This defenition really does describe my work. I would consider the materials I use to create my dresses and most of my other works, to be “found”. True, I do go and seek them out but they are items and things which have been discarded by their former owners.

found objects

Some of my found objects.

It seems that both terms “art dress” and “assemblage art” are terms which can be used to describe my work.  But, in order to make things easier for Tom (you know how guys find multi tasking hard 🙂 ) I think it might be best if I let him describe my dresses as assemblage art dresses.  What do you think? Leave a comment if you’ve any ideas.

If you would like to purchase a miniature assemblage art dress, please visit our our  Our Etsy Shop. Our Etsy shop also has several other assemblage art dresses and greetings cards for sale; we hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about any pieces in our Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact us via a “convo” through our Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

 

November 2, 2012   4 Comments