So I'm behind on my blogging already. No surprise there. Got a lot of new pictures of the hair-chair, formalism, wood, ect. But I'll start with the photos I just got done of some pieces you've already seen--Ken, the Crafts department designated photographer did a shoot with everyone, and the photos look about ten times better than the ones I take, Consequently, the pieces look way better! I've already talked about them in earlier posts, so just enjoy the nice pictures.
Okay, so onto the new. The Hair-Chair is complete! After many packages of weave and lots of giving everyone in the studio fake rat-tails and extensions, it's done.
Unfortunately I don't have any shots between primed and this, but it got three coats of red enamel, and I made a slip cover out of a loosely woven black fabric. The chair is made of some sort of fake leather, and I knew sewing through it would be almost impossible. It was a bit of a challenge, because the screws were rusted shut, and I couldn't take the chair apart, so I had to directly handsew the cover onto it, then sew the weave directly onto that.
I was using hair elastics and bobby pins to keep the excess hair out of my way.
Finished shot--I teased the hair to make it fluffier and stranger, and so it didn't just look like straight lines of hair.
The back--I left it hair-less on the back, partially because of monetary concerns, but also because I think it gives the viewer a frame of reference--you can see what the chair used to be more clearly.
For all you hair-phobics out there
Not sure if I mentioned it, but I'm taking Intro to Wood right now--our first real assignment was to make a tool, so here's my little two-handed comb-thing.
It's all hand-planed, hand-finished white ash with black milk-paint on it.
And...finally formalism. I got into a bit of a fight with my teachers on this one--I assumed by formalism they just meant "considering line, color, shape, ect" which is what I did in my samples, but apparently they were much more concerned with "process based working." That is, work on something without planning and letting the process dictate the outcome. I've tried to work like that my sophomore year, and to be honest, I was bad at it, and didn't find it very interesting. You generally either get a lot of little units or a blob.
But I won't ever let it be said I don't finish my assignments the best I can.
So I took my jar of little triangular clips (from when I clip the seams on my t-shirt quilt) and bodged 'em together with the tiniest stitches possible.
Jar of bits.
More little bits
Connecting the bits together starts to make this nubbly thing.
Yep. They think it's fantastic--I don't get it?
Oh well. More updates later--on TIG welding, Plasma Cutting and PVC robot building~