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Mixed Media Sculpture – “Oranges from China “

“Oranges from China”, the quote alludes to a Leonard Cohen song called Suzanne. This is the first of a series of handmade small mixed media and papier mache sculptures of different figures on little tea cups, each with it’s own story.

Mixed Media Sculpture - Primrose

Mixed Media Sculpture – “Oranges from China”.

I love using words and letting those words influence my art.  Tea cups are also something else I love, there is just something about the tea cup, the ceremony and history behind tea! Even the names of tea evoke different feelings, they’re beautiful “Lapsang Souchong”, “Cloud and Mist” and “Water Fairy”, I could carry on….. “Golden Marine Turtle”…….enough! But, they are just so gorgeous one more – “Golden Cassia”.

Mixed Media Sculpture – “Oranges from China”

 “A cup of Orange Blossom tea if you please”

Oranges Form China

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

I normally take all the photos for the Etsy listing and blog post but on this occasion I invited a guest director.  However, he couldn’t quite get to grips with the subject matter and decided to leave it to me.

Right, lets have it over here lovies

Oh, never mind.

July 9, 2012   No Comments

Art Assemblage – Another Moth Inspired by(Walter De La Mare)

Last week(just checked Etsy and it waS two weeks ago, don’t time fly) I put one of my little dresses into a tin box and was very pleased with the result. I liked that tin,so much so, I found it a spot on the book case in our lounge where I could look at it now and again.

The Moth

The Moth

 I hoped I might be able to hang on to it for a while but still listed it on Etsy. I shouldn’t say it but, darn if it didn’t sell straight away. Its now living in the Antipodes.

The Moth

The Moth

 Never mind I thought, I’ve got an old cigar box around here somewhere, I’ll make another one. And so I did. Well, I completed that on Wednesday night and listed it on Etsy that same evening. To my complete surprise and delight this one has also been snapped up immediately.

I hope to get around to making some more soon.  Hope you like the gallery.

Normally I post about my pieces within 24hrs of listing them on Etsy, so that people visiting my Etsy shop can come and see some additional images.  Unfortunately these last two pieces sold before I could do that. If you would like to be kept up to date on my Etsy listings without waiting for blog posts or visiting Etsy, you could follow my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/messiejessieart , this is linked to my Etsy shop and updates whenever I list anything new.

June 1, 2012   2 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.

Red Riding Hood

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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

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.

The Princess and the Pea

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?

The Princess and the Pea

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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

Art Dress Assemblage – What Katy Did (4)

Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

She’s been a while coming but here is the next in the series.

What Katy Did (4)

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Please visit Our Etsy Shop for further details.

 

April 7, 2012   No Comments

Princess And The Pea – Progress

Tom said I should let everybody know that I’m still working on the Princess And The Pea.  I’ve made some of the mattresses and the bed frame.  The bed frame is not yet ready for public consumption but, in the interests of domestic harmony I’ve agreed to post some photos of the mattresses.  Hope you like them.  Quite a few more to go yet.

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

Princess And The Pea - Mattresses

March 23, 2012   No Comments