For Robyn and Sean, June 1st, 2013.
The best part about June weddings is the huge variety of local flowers available here in NY. This is a little selection of flora cut from the garden at my home.
A large pink rose-scented peony, lime green Hakonechloa grass (var. Aureola), variegated hosta, and mustard green flowers (var. Ruby Streaks). A small upcycled bottle serves as a vase.
This one was either a labor of love or mission towards insanity. At this point I’m not quite sure what the answer is, but at least the resulting piece is interesting. This is SUPER dramatic in person.
My initial inspiration for this was an owl’s wing, although it does have a bit of a fish-scaley look in person. This is a single winged owl at this point…
Here are some process photos of my journey:
Yes, I use markers when I draw my outlines. I have yet to find a chalk that lives up to my exacting standards. Usually it’s a Sharpie though…
I had to do this MULTIPLE times. This piece used up so much ribbon it was kind of ridiculous, and awesome because I have a ton of scrap screaming out to be used. I cut boxes full of diamond/rhombus shapes, out of the longest strips of ribbon in my stash, and kept them at my side during the layering process. I cut each piece at a 45-ish degree angle from the edges of the ribbon. These are all curling because my stash is stuffed rather tightly in to bags at the moment…
I kept the rows pretty tight together, about 1/2 an inch between layers, and followed the contour of the muslin shape at the base. Check out the photo below for the x-ray specs version…
This is not a project for you unless you are insanely OCD. Like me.
Perhaps if, and only if, I feel a complete desire towards gaining symmetry with this project, then I might actually complete the second wing. Otherwise this may just remain an eyeless fish upon my wall.
I’m currently looking for a product that I could spray on this piece to keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying. Something like Dritz’s Fray Check, but that I can use in one fell swoop instead of on each individual “feather”. I need something that will allow for flexibility in the final project, is preferably non-toxic or low fume, but which will also keep the very ends of the piece intact. Any suggestions and recommendations are much appreciated.
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