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Art Dress Assemblage – Swan Lake

The commission I was working on is done and dusted, so I thought I’d share a few images, its Swan Lake. I enjoyed making the piece but boy was it fiddly, the front trees are wire then paper mache. I’m loving little lights on my work at the moment, it makes them atmospheric. Hope you like it, would love to hear your comments.

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Swan Lake.

I had a lovely idea from Barbara the other week, French lieutenant’s woman, brilliant idea, and I haven’t had a chance to thank her yet so big thank you Barbara, something I’m going to look forward to doing.

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the front trees are wire then paper mache

I’m working on more figures at the moment and am really enjoying doing them. I’m trying to put more detail in the form of the figure and at the same time keeping the piece quite simple. Finding the sort of poses I like, is quite difficult so I’m going to get my willowy friend to model for me so I can take lots of drawings of her and use them for the figurines. Good excuse to do a load of gesture drawings as well.

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I’m loving little lights on my work at the moment.

If you’d like to purchase any of my work, please pop over to my Etsy Shop. 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 the Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

March 14, 2014   5 Comments

Assemblage book sculpture From Paper and Fabric – The Ballerina

I’ve made a couple of small book assemblages recently, “Alice” and this one “The Ballerina”.

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The Ballerina

I listed “Alice” on Etsy first and the customer who bought her asked, could I make something similar but in a ballerina style. So I made “The Ballerina” and although she is already sold I still wanted to share her with you.

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Commissioned as a partner for “Alice”

It’s a piece for a young ballerina so I hope she’s pleased with it. I want to try and find more of these small books, they’re like little pocket books similar to a pocket dictionary.

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I wonder if the inclusion of these little shoes is becoming a trade mark?

Anyway back to work, I’m really busy at the moment playing catch up with everything and an other commission to complete.

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The colours in this piece are some of my favourites.

If you would like to purchase any of my work, please visit my My Etsy Shop. My Etsy shop also has several other art dress assemblages 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 .

December 2, 2013   No Comments

Wire and Paper Sculpture Art Figureine – Winters Dance

Winter's Dance

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The old thumb has healed. How do I know? Tom has me back on dish washing duites 🙂  Never mind, fully functional again and Vivien Westwood has won through. I really enjoyed making this piece, it just felt so free and flowed into being.

Measuring 38cm long, 26cm wide and 24cm deep, Winter’s Dance is made from wire and papier mache and put into an elegant stretched pose allowing for lots of movement which I find very important in figure work. The underskirt is made from a good quality off white cartridge paper which has been very subtlety hand printed by myself using soft neutral differing tones of very cool winter lilacs. The paper of the skirt has a crushed full look to it ,to resemble the look of heavy crushed silk. The top dress is made from a very pale cool lilac silk and linen mix material.

If you would like to purchase this piece please visit our our  Our Etsy Shop. Our Etsy shop also has several other art dress assemblage and greetings cards for sale; we hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other 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 26, 2012   No Comments

Wire and Papier Mache Sculpture – Red Riding Hood

Another fairy tale inspired piece, this time from the brothers Grimm.  This is my twist on Red Riding Hood – the wolf is her companion.

Red Riding Hood walks through the night time forest

This wire and papier mache sculpture stands 28cm wide, 33cm high and 22cm deep.

Red Riding Hood with her companion

The figure is made from wire and papier mache, accompanied by the trees and her wolf she rises out of the book from which they are formed. Her hair is made from a soft viscose material which is gathered and ruched, then falls into a long plait. Her dress is 100% cream silk, with three buttons down the side. Flowing behind her, the vibrant red cloak is also 100% silk.

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To find out more about the authors – the brothers Grimm and the fairy tale, try these Wikipedia pages – the authors or the fairy tale. If you would like to read the fairy tale, you’ll find it along with other fairy tales freely available in Kindle format and many more, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg .  If you’ve lost your copy of the fairy tale and want to replace it or would like to buy a hard copy, try Amazon – Little Red Riding Hood

To purchase this item, please, visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

May 10, 2012   No Comments

Assemblage – The Swan Princess

The Swan Princess

Latest addition to the Etsy shop, is this assemblage comprised of a wire an papier mache figurine accompanied by a cast metal swan on the stage of a mock theater.

The Swan Princess

Inspired by the mythical creature of many tales and legends, who shape-shifts from human form to swan form, this piece owes its origins to the story of the Swan Maiden.  Folktales usually adhere to the following basic plot. A young, unmarried man steals a magic robe made of swan feathers from a swan maiden so that she will not fly away, and winds up marrying her.

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To find out more about the fairy tale, try these Wikipedia pages -the fairy tale. If you would like to read the fairy tale, you’ll find it along with other fairy tales, freely available in Kindle format and many more, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg . If you’ve lost your copy of the fairy tale and want to replace it or would like to buy a hard copy, try this list at Amazon The Swan Maiden

To purchase this item, please, visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

May 1, 2012   No Comments

The Princess and the Pea – Wire and Papier Mache Sculpture

I’ve been working on the “The Princess and the Pea” for what seems like ages but, she’s finally here.

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The Princess and the Pea - Papier Mache, Wire and Fabric Sculpture.

Of course, she’s inspired by the well known Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”. In the fairy tale, a young girl is revealed as a princess after claiming to have had a restless night, caused by a pea being placed under the multitude of matresses and featherbeds upon which she slept (the actual number was 20 matresses and 20 featherbeds – I stopped at 15 🙂 ).

Princess and the pea

The Princess and the Pea - Papier Mache, Wire and Fabric Sculpture

23cm wide, 33cm high and 16cm deep, the piece depicts a small princess wearing a billowing silk nightdress, awakeing from her restless slumber, yawning and streching as morning approaches.

The figure is made from wire and papire mache. Her hair is made from soft viscose, gathered and ruched, which falls in a lomg plait to the floor. Her nightdress is 100% silk – after all, she is a princess! On the rug are her discarded slippers, patiently made form little pieces of paper.

Now to the bed, it’s also made form wire and papier mache and sits atop a book as if coming alive from the story. A ladder sweeps in a curve to the top of the bed. Whilst her mattresses, each one individually handmade, come from all over the world – Indian cottons, Chinese silk and satins, beautiful cottons, linens and 100% cashmere. The sheets under which she lay, like her nightdress are made from 100% silk, overlayed with warm luxurious blankest made form vintage lace and cahmere.

The photos shown here, unlike the ones on Etsy, were taken against a dark background. I’m  not to sure which I like best, what do you think?

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To find out more about the author – Hans Christian Andersen and the fairy tale, try these Wikipedia pages – the author or the fairy tale. If you would like to read the fairy tale, you’ll find it along with other Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales freely available in Kindle format and many more, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg .  If you’ve lost your copy of the fairy tale and want to replace it or would like to buy a hard copy, try Amazon – The Princess and the Pea

To purchase this item, please, visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

 

April 20, 2012   2 Comments