Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday's Child /2

Work in Progress - 3 of the 193 for "Stitched Up"- Wilma Simmons 
 The work for the "Stitched Up " Project  continues. See the previous "Wednesday Child" post for the background to this art project celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Newcastle Industrial School.
I have been documenting the progress of my work, so I thought it might be interesting to share some of the early stages of the "stick dolls" ... Here are some of the beginning steps..

Sticks collected while walking the bushland in my neighbourhood 

Drying and getting rid of any insects - oven heat 75 degreesC for approx 1-2 hours. 

Trimmed and cut if necessary 

Ends sealed with matte sealing solution. 

Drying  - solution goes on white but dries clear. 

First wrapping - foil to create a body shape 

Second wrapping - stretch fabric. 

Third wrapping - fabric strips 

Some stitching - more stitching and embellishment to come. 
Follow this series of blog posts - Wednesday's child - for the later stages of these dolls and more about the work in progress.

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