Well two days ago, I finished my critique for my three dimensional design class. What was the assignment? To take a two dimensional contour line drawing of our face and incorporate it in a metaphorical figure that is representative in a real space.
I struggled with this assignment for a while, but Theresa helped me solve my problem. I wanted to make a latter out of deer legs, but did not know a way of stabilizing it. Well, my creative partner came up with the idea of plaster casting deer hooves. This lead to a whole new world of ideas and possibilities. But first I had to learn how to make a mold.
Who better than my own teacher to ask for help? Well, Holly Laws did just that. We were to make a guerilla mold out of something that starts with an "a" - but I forgot. I first had to make a deer hoof out of an oil based clay. This didn't take long, but it was somewhat of a challenge. To act as a mother mold we had one plastic container in which the deer hoof could set in, this would allow the actual mold to set in and also be able to slide out. We had to combine one part purple powder and one part water together, the solution set up really fast.
So I immediately had to pour it over the hoof and plastic container. It set up in about four minutes. Once dry, we slipped it out and cut it in half while we removed the oil based sculpture. This gave us a hollow cast. All that was left was to pour the plaster into the mold and let it set up. While the plaster was wet, I inserted the metal wire. This took about thirty minutes. I really didn't do much while I was waiting for it to set up but It was somewhat entertaining for my subconscious. Yet, to my surprise, the molds looked so beautiful. I was so proud of them.
My initial intention was for these to act as the support for a latter, but they appeared so graceful by themselves, that I just couldn't alter them in anyway. How did I incorporate my face? Well, with a smaller gage wire, I drew continuos contour lines and they weaved in and out of the legs.
I also added a soundtrack to go with all four. They are really pretty to me, and I like their sensitive nature which is reflective of not only me but of the animal they belong.