Monthly Archives: November 2014

soon minions, soon

Decided to take a break from woodcuts and work on a new installation piece.  Took myself off to Chambers Street Museum to catch the end of the Ming Dynasty show, not a fan of carpets and big wall hangings but I did come across these little beauties.

ming researchLittle clay figures of servant boys, happy with my observation I went home to ‘think’!!

Before I married  I went to my aunts house as she is my last surviving relative in Edinburgh to collect my old, new borrowed, blue items.  I chose a blue crystal brooch to attach to the handbag I’d made from my mums old wedding dress, whilst raking around the nick knacks I found a creepy rubber child’s doll – apparently it was my dads favourite toy as a little boy and it was coming home with me!

Two years later and I decided to make a clay copy of the doll, with the intention of casting in resin.  The doll dated back to 1900’s and I was concerned about its durability – no need, they were made to last.  I filled it with water to check for leaks, then filled the head and feet with resin and stuffed the body with cotton wool, the cheeky chappie looked a lot better.  I then covered it with 6 layers of latex and ordered myself a big box of moulding plaster off Ebay.

original and castlatex coatdry latex mould

Being a die hard fan of Antony Gormley’s ‘The Field’ and anything Flux related it made sense to create more than just one. 4 latex moulds and a very messy kitchen later

I love the way that each cast originally started from one object but the grain of plaster, the water content or the thickness of latex would decide on the finished pieces.

Some looked shy, some cocky, some short and some tall.  Each seemed to have their own little personality.IMG_0047IMG_0035IMG_0031IMG_0022IMG_0019IMG_0016

 

CLASS OF 1900

CLASS OF 1900

So I grouped them like a school class photo.

There are currently 45 figures – as always your thoughts and comments will be appreciated