I was very fortunate to make it through the snow storm in the Sierras to take a cable mechanised puppetry workshop with Toby Froud in Reno, Nevada this past weekend.
My usual 1-1/2 hour commute dragged out into a 6 hour adventure. Not a very exciting, fast action adventure but a stuck on the road, in the mountains, in a snow storm, at a dead stop type of adventure! Will I make it over the Summit tonight? Will I get to sleep in a bed at the hotel or will I be stuck in the car for the night? Will I make it to the workshop on time? Will I be so burnt out from the journey that I am just not into the project????? So, that was my adventure. Not bad at all since I am the odd type of person that likes to push on through the uncertainty. I get a kick out of it!!!
It all turned out just fine. I made it to Reno by 10 PM, had a baked potato for dinner and headed off to bed.
Here is a pic of the head that I sculpted the first day of our workshop:
At this point she is a raw head of clay sculpted over a ball of aluminum foil. At this stage she had not yet told me her story but I knew that she was a wise and wordly woman, of a certain age, and not a young pippy still green and wet behind the ears.
Even at this very "fresh" stage she held her head high and gazed upon the horizon of unlimited possibility...............................................................................................................
Here she is fully cured. She found a body and got a little bit of sun.
Her close up
She hasn't told me her name yet but, I know that she travels and follows the whispers of the wind. Perhaps once her eyes come through she will be able and willing to give me her name.
Magdalena is a one of a kind, original art doll. She is all hand sculpted and fully articulate. Her head, arms, legs, and shoes are polymer clay. Her body is built anatomically with wire and bamboo "bones", masking tape and aluminum foil "connective tissue", polyester batting "flesh", and fabric "skin". Her dress is an original design, created and sewn specifically for her body and pose. Her hair is Tibetak lambs wool face, shoes, and limbs were painted with acrylic paint.
Magdalena is on exhibit at Think House Collective in Sacramento, in the VOX exhibit for the month of October. After the exhibit she will be available for sale. $1250.00 Contact me if you are interested
OK, so, I have been working on a Dia de los Muertos, dead doll for the past few days. I finally have the sculpting all done. Now I get to move on tho the fun part, costume and make-up. I am getting excited and looking forward to meeting her. I will post pic's soon.
And for any of you wondering about the bike chain bracelets. Those are in the works too. I need to let the tumbler do some of the sanding and buffing work before I move on.
I never did get around to cleaning my studio but, I cleared off a spot on my work bench. Baby steps!!!
OK, Here is where I am at and I must stop here for the night. I have added all of the fiery bits, painted the muzzle/nose with the first coat of paint, and grafted "dragon-skin" onto most of the face. Next I will add some glass beads for a bit of bling, final cure, and then paint up in layers. I'm pretty happy with the results and although it is a bit heavier than I would have liked I think that the strength and extra detail gained with all of the skin and extra parts is worth it.
OK, now I am off to handle my pathetic mess of a kitchen (yes, after midnight!). I've been working on the mask all weekend and the dishes have procreated in my sink, those dirty bastards!
I'm finally getting to the fun part of this project. Building The face up has posed some challenges but, now I get to decorate and I LOVE this part. I have just grafted "dragon Skin" onto the nose/muzzle and forehead.
Now I am working on some fiery bits to give the appearance of flames around the edges of the dragon skin and then on to the final paint and bling.