A few posts ago I started taking you on my journey of using “narratives or stories” to inspire art work. Here’s another example.
I started by writng a short (very short) vignette about four women waiting in the garden at Versailles after a gala dinner there. The women were from the 1920′s. I found imagery from old postcards and fashion magazines (that I picked up at the French flea markets) that depicted women from the 1900’s. The fashions they wore, the jewelry, the mood of the women depicted all fed my narrative and this fed my ideas for the actual art. The story has alot of adjectives in it- descriptions of the gardens, what they are wearing, etc. These descriptions can be translated into art techniques- for instance, “curliques and paisleys” (into surface designs), sculpted topiarys (for shapes).
Next: How many ways can I interpret the story- brooches, earrings, pendants, bracelets, collage, books, wall pieces, boxes, vessels, pillows, sculptures? I want to brainstorm and design as broadly as possible at first.
In order to focus, I set intentions/tasks/assignments for myself as a way to develop ideas. First I decide to interpret one of the vignettes as a fabric wall hanging.
Next to further develop jewelry ideas I draw twenty different flower shapes- flowers from the garden at Versailles, flowers from other source material and flowers from my imagination.
Then I make a number of these flower shapes in polymer clay and fabric and decide which I like best, which ones I can see myself making many of, which ones pique my interest.
This is a bracelet I made using the scraps from several collages and adding polymer clay centers.
Next week- what happens next in the process!