Vessels

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When I have too much paper pulp and no time to start new figurines, I make vessels. The pulp gets smelly and gathers mould after a while, even in the fridge.

I have a thing for bowls and round things in general. I don’t own a lot of bowls, because I also believe in household simplicity. But I like making and sharing them all the same. I imagine channelling my inner neolithic woman as I work!

I began with the good old balloon method, covering plastic bottles, using lids or whatever as a base: “garbage to treasure”. Lately I’ve turned to making “innards” from old shipping boxes instead and cover them in pulp, or, as I plan to next time round: whatever comes to mind. Something with cloth or string?

What do you think? I thought I could use them to practise my decorating skills too, modelling, drawing, various paint and brush types. Who knows, perhaps something interesting and unique will emerge one day. Ideas abound faster than I can possibly create.

I’ll get more into depth about various options for making vessels, materials, pulp recipe etc. at a later date; as I mentioned I’m gathering photographic evidence first and getting my thoughts better organized in writing so that my promise doesn’t peter out halfway through.

Do you think the local thriftstore will ban me if I deliver a batch every time I’m done with them?!



Do you facebook?

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I have to admit that I do, just a little bit, even though I don’t like most of the platform. I don’t like the ads, I don’t like the way I can’t choose to get all posts in chronological order instead of the same few ones more than twice, I never play games or surveys, they don’t have my phone number, there’s no messenger on my phone. I also don’t like how one “must” have a “Page” to get more followers and sales, therefore I suck at both. And yes, I know they are connected to Instagram, which I do like, there’s no black and white.

But my friends are on FB, not here, locally, so if I want to keep up with them it’s a must. So how do I connect the dots? Blogging, newslettering, showing off photos and maybe eventually projects for sale, community, sharing and building more connections, learning.

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Alebrijes 2 (paper mache)

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December was mostly about personal stuff for me and no new creations. So I’ll wrap up January with one last flashback post to reintroduce myself, getting us all up to speed and hopefully by now I’m working behind the scenes to bring you interesting new stuff along the way. I think that posting things after the fact rather than during, will help me be more consistent in both making and writing.

In my first post on this, meant to be a series that got buried under the doing, not writing, merely told you that I’d embarked on this new topic after doing an online class. And then I did a recap with photos about a year ago but again didn’t follow up…

Well, I’m still tinkering, but it’s actually quite time consuming as there are layers that need to dry before you can proceed, otherwise it turns into a slimy mess. Perhaps a good thing or I’d have to build a new barn to house all the creations that live in my head.

Gallery of 2021 characters since my last papermache post:

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Exhibition

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Jan. 9th I was supposed to turn in some more cone people for a show in a nearby city. Unfortunately they had to shorten the show from 6 to 4 weeks, luckily restrictions have been lifted now.

I have 6 entries that are are divided in

  1. Group of 2 figurines
  2. Group of 3 figurines
  3. A portrait painting.

The show has a theme “Grænser”, which can either mean “borders”, “limits” or “boundaries” depending on context. Submission deadline was right before open studios, so there was no way I could have created something new. I chose to go with “personal boundaries” because I had items that would
A really go well together and
B fit the theme with my usual quirky sense of humour applied.

The show is now open Jan. 29th to Feb 27th, for any Danes reading:

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That painting thing

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Creative genius… is both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner than the average person.
-Frank Barron

Did you know that this entire blog has always been about painting? The thing I’m most driven to explore, yet is also the most difficult for me. I’ve often pondered the concept of “path of least resistance”. Some say it’s what you should always aim for, not out of laziness but to find the way around things that achieves the most in the shortest time or with least effort, that’s when you’ve hit the sweet spot, “your thing”. Where you are meant to be. Others claim Resistance is the sign you are on the right track, that you need to push against it to get to something deeper, more meaningful. Resistance as fear of success. If it wasn’t important, you wouldn’t be afraid of it.

I’d like to transform the latter into the former. Too easy and I just end up getting bored and finding a new passion so I can feel the rush of learning all over again. Too much resistance and I just procrastinate (possibly by finding a new thing to learn).

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Yarn?

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Will there be yarny things happening still on this blog? I hope so. Just need to find the magic formula for keeping my fleshmobile up and running at a steady pace.

I have:

3 batches of blended wool for a sock experiment of breeds vs. durability. To be spun. If only I could remember what I put in those batts! (I just checked and I can only find 2 batches now) Jeez Louise. I think maybe I used scraps of Lincoln, silk and rainbow nylon as reinforcement fibers, but the main portion? And which is which? Could be that random chunk of SW Cheviot I found in my stash and dyed? When I do a thing I’m always convinced I’ll remember without having to take notes. Maybe I would if I weren’t curious about so.many.things.

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Open Studios

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I promised I’d begin my “new” blog by telling you about the event I participated in this November. (photos at the end)

About 2 months before, an art community that I subscribe to suddenly decided we should all do this together, set the date for mid-November, wham. Er, um, whut? I’m not ready for that. I don’t have the space to do that. I live out in the middle of nowhere and it will be dark and cold. I don’t have enough paintings to show. They’re not good enough. I don’t want strangers in my house! I also don’t want nosy neighbours from the next village in my house. There’s not enough time! I had other plans, I just want to finish my paint project.

But in the end I enlisted anyway. Just to see what would happen, to my stress levels, my self confidence, my work speed, my sense of privacy. What happens if you don’t wait until you’re perfect and ready? If chances arrive and you don’t take them, will they come back?

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Working, not blogging

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I’ve said it before, so it may sound hollow by now: I really want to get back to blogging again. Yes, the exact same spot where we left things at the beginning of the year. (I went back to look at my post from Nov. 2020 as well, but today I’ll be addressing things backwards)

large colourful horse painting semiabstract
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