It is a natural part of my nature to zero in on the details. In life and in creating one of my pieces...I love all those tiny little things that work together to create a whole...I love discovering the connection from one piece to another.
I believe when creating an original piece the importance of actually being original, from you, being made by you. Which goes to the details and looking at each part of your piece as unique and made by you.
Wind in my Hare in Detail:
Photography: Mark Mortensen
I sculpted the head from DAS air dry then overlayed it with velvet exposing the eye, nose and mouth area to hand paint.
Below is a very close up of the eye, nose, and mouth painted with several layers of acrylic paint and finished with gloss. Eyebrows are embroidered.
Shadows are created with chalks and liner is done with coal pencil and fine line marker.
When sculpting I make small holes for the horsehair whiskers which are added close to completion of the pieces. The whiskers are then steamed into a breezy position.
The positioning helps create the movement, then I add the clothing and how it would react in the wind.
Part of creating movement is choice of fabrics, with dupioni silk as a the jacket liner with the ability to hold shape. I pretty much, let the fabric determine where it wants to go. These rolls are held into place with tacking stitches.
The pants are of a soft wool. I wired the hem of the pant legs to hold this look.
Little hand punch leather buttons line up on the jacket.
Note: even the buttons are hand made.
Red leather button with linen pick-stitch for the pants opening.
Boots and Skates
The boots are from leather with linen ties and bottom linen soles. Top-stitching sets the top part of the boot from the toe.
Skate strapping is also top-stitched and a small buckle is added for a secure roll around the block!
The skates themselves, have many components/ details to them...
Below photo of pieces and parts...this is enough for two sets.
The bottom of the skate shows the metal plate with wheels.