Friday, June 9, 2017

The Bookworm and The Window Seat - part 2

Hello there. Thanks for coming back to read part 2 of "The Bookworm and The Window Seat".

This sculpture was originally about a daydreamer, book in hand, gazing out of the window. As I work, the character tells me who they are and how the sculpture is to look.


Sometimes the character or characters introduce themselves by name and start revealing who they are, what they like, as well as what they don't like, without any hesitation.


Other characters, like this one, tend to be more introverted, not shy or cautious, they just like being alone. 


I kept working on the sculpture and the character slowly came out of his shell.


The original textiles chosen for his clothing changed once or twice.


He made it very clear that he would never wear a green floral shirt and a burgundy velvet jacket.


Something didn't feel right about him, book in hand, gazing out of the window. I'd even considered having him lean in the window seat, a small pumpkin in his hand, rehearsing his lines for the community theatre, "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio..." 

I made three small books with pages, not solid prop books, so that I had a variety of ways of using them. The character on the window seat has put the book down, its pages open slightlyHe has his index finger between the pages of the book in his right hand. I like subtlety, it gives depth and realism to the overall sculpture.

I covered each book in a different hand marbled paper. The patterns and colours worked well together and with the sculpture. All three books were finally used. I realized that this sculpture, but more importantly the character, was all about books.


Once the sculpture was complete he revealed his name, Toby. He loves books, the printed word, pictures, research and reading, being lost in another world between the covers of a book.


I arrived at the cushion fabric after trying about 12 textiles. I wanted the cushion to be seen but not a focal point.


The last detail to be completed was bending and shaping each leaf and branch. I'm pleased with this sculpture and meeting Toby, the bookworm on the window seat.

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