I was going to put all sorts of fiber arts stuff in the background, but realized that would only distract from the central figure. I also decided to switch to quilting (ironically, one of the few fiber arts I have NOT particularly enjoyed) because it would allow me to insert the self-referential tangram figure as the quilt. I think it’s a nice touch.
And every part of the pop-up girl is handwoven fabric, except the eyes and the mouth. The face and hands are a 7-1 satin woven on the 60/2 black silk warp, using some of the dye samples from this summer’s study group as weft.. The sleeves are wedding-dress fabric, the bodice and skirt from the wedding-coat. The hair, in a burst of inspiration, is thrums from the 60/2 black silk warp that I just cut from the loom.
(YES!!! The endless 60/2 silk warp is over.)
The pop-up is a bit crude and cartoonish, which I’m not super happy about, but I think it’s the best I can do for now. In Pop-Up 201, we’ll do the elegant flamenco dancer….
I am considering adding a stage curtain and a figure taking a bow on the back cover, but I think that would be gilding the lily. It’s a beautiful book as it stands – it has many technical flaws, and I’d definitely redo it before submitting it to a juried show, but I love the concept, and for a class project it is way, WAY “over the top”.
Now, off to clean up the studio! In the course of frenzied book-making it has turned into an enormous mess. I am also overstocked with yarn, so if you know anyone interested in lots of (free) fine yarns, drop me a line and I’ll send you a list of what I’m giving away.
Next artistic adventure: drawing class! I managed to get into Drawing I at Foothill Community College, and it’s an entirely online class, so I can work from home. Class starts in January.