As a member of the Powertex Design Team 2017 we were asked to pick 4 subjects to cover for our blogs. One option I chose was ‘something in the style of an artist I admire.’
There are many, but 2 artists appeal to me the most. Those are both Gaudi and Dali. Probably because my own style is more surrealistic rather than realistic. I love all things organic. Gaudi’s art simply oozes with a connection to growth, movement and to the earth itself.
Creating helps me to bring to the fore, my deepest feelings. Some are happy and others are more thought provoking, both allow me to release them and set me free.
Art is all about expression. I see it as a language. A language that can be interpreted in several ways according to the person who creates it and those who observe it.
Gaudi’s buildings grow out of the landscape as if they had been there for hundreds of years.
Dali, well I just love his work too. He dared to leave reality
behind and express himself in the most peculiar of ways.
Now to my own particular work of art
First of all I want to tell you how this came about.
Many years ago, an ex partner of mine was jealous that he had not been part of my past.
He showed dislike for my much treasured paintings and drawings dating back from the time when I was a teenager.
I dreamed then of becoming and artist. Stupidly, as a token of my affection,
I made a fire and threw all of my paintings and sketches on it to be consumed by the flames.
,This picture is the only one that survived. I sketched it with a ball point pen on a scrap of paper when I was 13 years old whist on a visit to Germany. A relative scanned it and sent it to me a few years ago. Seeing it again caused many emotions to resurface. Not a bad thing as you will later see.
Teenage years as we know, are difficult. As a victim of abuse when I was seven, I often felt trapped, dirty and useless. Drawing helped me to express myself and I drew many such heads growing out of the ground. Heads with no arms, no bodies. The surrounding landscape was hostile and barren. Somehow these bodiless heads had survived, silently observing the destruction of what had once been a beautiful world. My family called me ‘weird.’
I see now that what I was expressing, was that feeling of being helpless and trapped.
As I took this idea further my POWERTEX Creation released me.
Dali created, heads growing out of the ground, strange creatures with long spindly legs, melting clocks that defied space and time. Gaudi erected the strangest but also the most beautiful of buildings, each with a life of its own and a message with each of them.
I decided to use my strange bodiless heads from childhood to set me free.
One of the heads had to break free and I felt it was to be me.
I knew that with Powertex this would be possible, more effective and enjoyable than just a drawing. Besides, each month all Powertex Trainers have a challenge set. This is just for enjoyment so no pressure. During the month where a ‘Collage’ was the subject, I decided it was my chance to tackle the subject of letting go.
As with everything created from the heart and deep subconscious, I was very emotionally charged.
Apart from the heads themselves which I created out of polymer clay using my own moulds, the rest of the creation was made using only Powertex products.
The heads trapped on the ground were rooted on the rocks. I created the rocks using natural fabric soaked in Bronze Powertex. The background was created using Easy 3D Flex. This is great as it cracks whilst drying revealing crevices. I created the heads out of polymer clay
I used an old t-shirt for the rocks, then when dried I used lighter colours and
dry brushed it to bring out the texture. (More on dry brushing later.)
Easy 3D Flex is great for creating the texture of the dry, cracked, earth
Gaudi’s style influence me whilst creating the rocks with strange shapes. For these I used torn up egg cartons. The foliage was created using Paper Dec and the little berries using Sand and Balls. Both Powertex products. I used Powertex Hardener Green for the foliage and Bronze Hardener for the rocks.
I love the texture of egg cartons. Hah, Hah, little things please little minds
and I am easy to please.
I mixed a tiny bit of Bronze Powertex with some Ivory to create a clay like shade
then added Stone Art to create a clay that I could form. With this I created little rock formations.
All products are available to order from www.powertex.co.uk
Once I have finished a canvas using the Powertex
I find such wonderful textures to play with in a photo editing programme called Picassa.
Anything is possible
CREATE YOUR DREAM
Well here I am again with my second post....gradually getting the hang of this. So a little more about my Powertex Journey!
As most crafters, I see things and think, "Oh I wonder if I could use that?" The result is a vast accumulation of what I can only refer to as "THINGS." For instance, nice bits of lace, interesting shapes and moulds, glass bottles and jars, egg boxes, cardboard boxes, candle holders, broken or chipped china........oh the list goes on.
It was looking at my plastic milk containers that I "saw" A Fairy House! Not just any fairy house but one with an open door and leaded windows. I suffer from claustrophobia, so I hate closed doors and windows and even in winter sleep with the window open. I am sure Fairies also like to be able to come and go as they please. "Hmmm" I thought looking at the egg boxes which had now grown into a huge pile. Torn up cardboard with such a lovely texture, would make excellent brickwork.
So I set to work and 3 days later the little house looked like this.
I took photos of each stage and am now working on a step by step for you to follow. The house isn't actually finished yet, as the fairies, (they chattered continually in my little studio making suggestions) Well they have asked me to build them a grass mound with steps leading up to the house. Fussy Fairies! I love them though.
For all your Powertex products visit their website. www.powertex.co.uk
I have been chosen to be on the Powertex Design team along with 5 other certified trainers. All of us have different styles so please visit their blogs too.
http://creativeadventurer.co.uk/ Annette Smyth
http://www.artisticretreats.co.uk/ Liz Dixon
https://rosehartstudio.blogspot.co.uk/ Anna Amelia Howlett
We are all getting our heads around creating these blogs, (funny word that) So not all up and running yet.
Ok now for a little treat connected to recycling. Below is a step by step on how to create a lovely plant pot holder out of a plastic carton.
First of all a little bit about my background, interests and skills.
My name is Birdy Heywood, and I am a 'Recycled Teenager' nearing my 70th year. Many of my generation can relate to the phrase, MAKE DO AND MEND. Old clothes were unpicked and made into clothes for the children. Even the food from yesterday was recycled into an invented dish. I suppose we just had to learn to be creative but it was a fun challenge.
In my early twenties I created handbags and clothing out of scraps of leather in order to sell them at markets and to friends. Then followed premature baby clothes made from old T Shirts. This evolved into sweatshirts with applique. After many years Polymer Clay entered my life. "Wow," I thought and realised that I could be really creative. I taught myself how to model, figurines, dragons, fairies and jewellery then went on to teach and demonstrate in schools and at exhibitions all over the country. Polymer Clay is baked (hardened) in an ordinary oven so I could only create smallish things.
Fabric Hardener came into my life and opened a whole new world for me. I found that I could create the bodies out of wire, the heads and hands out of polymer clay then clothe them with natural fabrics. The great thing about the Fabric Hardener I use which is called Powertex is THAT IT IS WEATHERPROOF and can be used for garden ornaments. As I mentioned I love to recycle and with POWERTEX I can do just that. Old canvases can be treated with Powertex to create a whole new work of art. Ok let me list a few things here to wet your appetite: Cardboard boxes can be transformed into plant pot holder, bottles into candlesticks, with a few scraps of material and some wire, one can create a beautiful sculpture, old mirrors can be given a magical face lift, picture frames too and the list goes on.....! I am now honoured to have been chosen as a member of The Powertex design Team. For more info on this fantastic material please visit their website. www.powertex.co.uk
Here as an example of a plant pot holder that was once a plain old cardboard box. At a later date I will post examples with step by steps. Just have to get my head around creating this first ever blog....