I am working on my second ArtTag piece on the subject of Patterns. Must confess I drew a blank on this topic. The first piece was a groping in the dark piece and I hope Miriam will forgive me for the failed piece. Received an interesting piece from Harriett, which helped in the right direction.
This is as far as I've gotten so far: painted a dozen index cards in black acrylic. Affixed images of cigarette boxes on one side. On the other side, mouth images. Applied a coat of gloss medium to mouth image side to marry the cutouts to the index cards. Rubbed out air bubbles. The next step is smoke and cigarettes, which is where I am likely to make a mistake. This is one reason I am protecting the image layer with medium first. I am going to bring my WIP to Howard Munson's book arts salon. Thinking of pulling all together in a book structure of some sort.
I used India Ink to draw on transparency. The black silhouette totally transforms the original photos of women in kimono.
I asked Ben Needham to professionally photograph my piece for HIdden Cities. We decided to use the concrete floor of the Project Gallery for the background. The first shot was a neat arrangement. The lighting above created a wonderful shimmer on the waxed paper, which was unexpected. The second shot tells a better story, although the effect of the translucent shimmer is lost.
I've been thinking about the piece to submit to Hidden Cities, where we are challenged to depict our secret "city." I decided to explore the life of the "shoe people," whose invisible city I grew up in. These shoes are made of waxed paper and injet photos on vellum, a fragile, translucent depiction of simple flats. I made as many as I could with the paper at hand and piled the shoes up in a heap.
white marker, double-sided tape, scissors, black paint, glue stick