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Wire and Paper Sculpture Art Figureine – Winters Dance

Winter's Dance

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Wire and Paper Sculpture Art Figureine - Winters Dance

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

Art Dress Assemblage – A Stolen Moment (3)

“The moon is an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun”

Art Dress Assemblage – A Stolen Moment

A favourite quote from a Shakespeare play which makes me think of moonlight streaming through windows, illuminating scenes not intended for you and I, an instance frozen in time in which only dust motes can betray the stillness, what happens when no one is there? “A Stolen Moment” is a theme which runs through several of my pieces and a title I feel will always recur.

Art Dress Assemblage – A Stolen Moment

I was given the material used here by a very good friend, she is very aware of my love of material and magpie hoarding instincts. It’s a beautiful pale peachy salmon and I spent some time looking forward to making something with it. I wanted to
keep this piece simple with the background reminiscent of a time gone by, the stunning colour of the dress taking centre stage, glowing in the moonlight which floods in through a window. For me the scene conjures up imaginary memories of when the dress was last worn, who wore it and where did she go.


 
If you would like to purchase this dress, please visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

The pieces I make are frequently influenced by the materials I have to hand; their texture, pattern, weave and colour really do guide me. Looking back on some of my pieces this is quite clear to me, “The Princes and the Pea” being a good example. I had ideas about how I wanted her to look but, the material I had at the time did not fit, that’s why it took me so long get her finished.

I’ve been looking in my scraps of late with “Rapunzel” at the back of my mind. I think I may have spotted something, an idea is forming and it maybe that I get her started this weekend.

July 13, 2012   No Comments

Art Dress Assemblage – Flutter In And Fill Up My Hopeless Heart

Looking to create a dress giving off the feeling of youth, excitement and fun, I pinched this soft rich cream colored cotton from my daughter Tabby.

Art Dress Assemblage.

I also pinched the words embroidered on the dress from Tabby.  They come from her music collection, a line from the lyrics of one of the songs.

Art Dress Assemblage.

So, all in all this dress is as much Tabby’s as it is mine.

If you would like to purchase this dress, please visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

July 6, 2012   1 Comment

Art Dress Assemblage – Cathy (Cathy Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights)(2)

It took a little longer than anticipated but I’ve completed the latest art dress –  Cathy, and listed her on Etsy (she has since been bought). I had hoped to get her  finished before the weekend but a rather hectic Saturday saw that deadline slip.  More about that from Tom later.

Art Dress Assemblage - Cathy

This is not the first time I’ve made a piece based on the character of Cathy Earnshaw, from the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, you may have seen the piece I made last September (click here to view the post).  I’m  still taken with the character of Cathy, within the novel she is good and  evil, fantasy and reality, and the book will remain forever one of my favourites.

Art Dress Assemblage - Cathy

My first Cathy was a simpler affair but on this occasion I’ve been more daring;  adding an embroidered quotation to the skirt of the dress and making the jacket far  more elaborate with a gathered decorative bustle at the back.

Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights)(2)

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Cathy Earnshaw

I recently enjoyed working with some vintage tins, they were quite a fun and a change from the art dresses which have been my focus over the last 12 months. I’m not done with Cathy yet, and I’ve got a feeling she’ll possibly end up inspiring something tiny 🙂

If you’re not familiar with Cathy Earnshaw and the novel Wuthering Heights, check out these Wikipedia pages about her, the novel and the author.

If you would like to read the novel, its avaiable for download free of charge and in many formats ath the wonderful Project Gutenberg .  If you would like to own your own copy of the novel you could always try Amazon. Click here to visit the Amazon search results for the novel.

June 25, 2012   No Comments

Art Dress Assemblage – Tess

A return to art dresses and a time to revisit one of my early pieces.

Tess - An Art Dress Assemblage

Tess - An Art Dress Assemblage

Inspired by Tess from the Thomas Hardy novel – Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Though now considered an important work of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy’s day.  To find our more visit the Wikipedia entry here Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Tess - An Art Dress Assemblage

Tess - An Art Dress Assemblage

19cm long, 24cm wide, the bodice is made from cotton and book papers to form a corset style bodice. The skirt is stitched together from old book pages, ribbon, old fabric and has a button attached. I wanted the top skirt to look worn and faded but still pretty. There is a lot of detail on the top skirt with extra bits of fabric and stitching.

If you would like to read the novel, it is available free and in several different formats, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg.  If you’ve lost your copy of the novel and would like to buy it again, then you can always try Amazon  – Tess of the d’Urbervilles

June 18, 2012   No Comments

Assemblage Brooch

OK, I’m a little late with this post; it should have been put up last night.  I’m trying to keep to a schedule (well Tom is, he’s so orderly 😉 he thinks I’m chaotic, blaming the artist in me 😆 ) posting Monday, Wednesday & Friday with the addition of posts whenever I list something new on Etsy. So Tom, is this a late Friday post or an additional post for a new Etsy listing?

Assemblage Brooch

Bought at a local boot sale, I deliberately chose the suspender and vintage charm but had no idea at the time I would bring them together to make this brooch.  I’ve added to them some small squares of fabric and mother of pearl buttons which I had to hand; I am a hoarder when it comes to bits and bobs. Tom has already christened it the Magpie brooch; he thinks it’s typically what you might find in a magpie’s nest.

Assemblage Brooch (detail)

It’s a quirky fun little piece made to brighten up any outfit. Well, maybe not any outfit, it might not be appropriate on your favourite dress on an evening out with your nearest and dearest. But, on a jacket when going out with the girls or down the mall, it could be a splash of colour or a conversation piece 😉

Assemblage Brooch (reverse)

A quirky assemblage which makes for an interesting brooch, made up from a pink suspender. It is 11.5 cm long and 5 cm wide. Sewn to it is a small textile piece using cottons and cashmere, it is backed with white vintage cotton. Adorning the piece is a vintage charm of a deer’s head which is full of detail and character and along side this are three mother of pearl buttons.

Assemblage Brooch (front)

 

June 16, 2012   No Comments