To raise money for my new 'exploratory Lab' (thanks mom!) I am beginning a new series of decorative arts. Mirrors and lamps like nothing you have seen.
Above are some sketches for the new mirror series. I have ordered the mirrors and plan to create a few pieces of the new line before end of february.
I have been really enjoying the copperwork aspect of my sculptures, so in preparation I have set up two mini studios to create the work with. Hundreds of pieces will be needed to create each mirror. I have made dozens of kinds of mini birds and scouted out several different types of rain and snow beads for completing these magical works. The designs vary between 6 and 20 inches for now due to the complexity of the construction. Currently I am designing the leaves which will be pressed out by a company. In 2014 I made hundreds of leaves by hand, but since no one really noticed, I decided to go ahead and hire a manufacturer to press out copper leaves of my own design.
Looking for gold plating services has been a part of the process, to make some of these 'little jewels' really fancy! Seattle carries some great companies for this kind of work. Though a bit prices, there is nothing like 24 carat to make a piece shiny , decadent and rich.
UPDATED !! below you can see a few finished 'spring fairy forest ' mirrors for sale now at Splash Gallery. Intricate detail includes cap and shelf mushrooms, bird and fairy nests and white luminous blooms. See yourself framed by spring!
new china decals coming!
I have been trying to build new sets of hand drawn china decals for a few years now. but have been so busy with new ideas its been put to the back burner until now.
The ones to left are fragments inspired by master dutch painters and their still lifes.