martedì 5 maggio 2015

A new way to do old things

Mixed media. I've come across this definition quite often in the past months. I'm fascinated by the concept of creating using materials and techniques that traditionally come from separate 'categories'. This way of doing things appeals to my restlessness and curiosity to try new things.
I've been using the needle felting technique to make my creations' faces for some time now. In that instance the needle felting technique is used on a head and body which had been previously designed and sewn from fur in the 'traditional' way. This is already putting together two techniques.
Then I've come across another way of doing things that really 'blew my mind'. You can also actually shape the head out of polymer clay (or other kinds of putty) and then attach fur on top of it. The possibilities are endless, and the control over the shape total.
I just had to try it, and this is my first go at it. I had to try with a cat of course, as I seem to be obsessed with them!
CAT HEAD - front

CAT HEAD - side
This cat head was done using an air drying polymer clay. I love clay sculpting. It is more immediate then having to do the shape with the needle felting, and I feel I have more control.

Another thing that I really appreciated was the fur attaching process. Again I felt like I was really in control of the step by step process, attaching little tufts exactly where they were needed and in the precise direction they should be.
This is the head after scissor sculpting and shading it.

I'm extremely pleased with the result, I think I have found a new way to do old things....a way that I really really have fun with!

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