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Oct 4th-11th, 2004- Sculpting tricks and more research

I wish I had more news to report this week. I am still waiting the knickers pattern from Vintage Pattern lending Library. I do have the shirt pattern that I am working on. I have been sizing it up from the original 1920's pattern size 8 that they had to Dusty's size 12. I am working form the directions that I received from Amazon Dry Goods. Sizing up is not as hard as I expected. I'm basically cutting the pattern in specific areas to enlarge it. Of course that proof will be in the finished sewing. I expect to be sewing for the next few days and once done will frantically secure my second sitting with Dusty for those long awaited photos.

I have been busy this weekend once again participating in education and with young people. I have been a judge with Culture Shapers for quite a few years now. I judged the sculpture category this weekend. When first prize, for a student's art contest, is $5,000. you want to be very sure to do your very best. Culture Shapers is a great organization and I am very proud to be associated with them.

If ever you are looking at a bronze sculpture and you think, "My this looks so realistic, the sculptor has put in every detail in the clothing". You might want to take a closer look. You may actually be looking at real clothes. Some sculptors will sculpt an entire person and then take real clothes and put them on the figure. The clothes are dipped or coated in wax to give them some stiffness and the sculptor shapes the folds. Then a mold is made of the entire sculpture. The final sculpture is in bronze but the sculptor has not sculpted the clothes. Some artists think this is cheating.

There are even some sculptors that will take a mannequin and then put clothes on the mannequin and then make a mold and cast the sculpture in bronze. If you are wondering why some sculptures look stiff, the sculptor may have used a mannequin.

I will be sculpting the clothes in clay on this newsboy project, and it will of course be on a sculpted boy. I like to work with the clay and for me creating the fabric is just a part of the fun. But having the proper reference to work from is essential. That is why I am going through such great lengths to get the proper outfit for Dusty.

All of my bronze sculptures, thus far, have sculpted clothes, though I have used a real button here or there. But detail is not something that I lack. I have been known to sculpt each thread and adding material texture (by pressing material against the clay) in many of my sculptures.

I do have a few mass produced concrete pieces where I tried the real clothes trick, Harrison (shown here), Danielle and Meagan have clothes that I dipped in wax and then made a mold of the sculpture and cast the children in concrete. I have to admit though for me, using real clothes was more limiting than it was creative.


• Take a look at the Culture Shaper's letter that I wrote to those who were participating in the art show. Have you ever come to the wall that I speak of? How did you get past it?
• What do you think about the sculpture tricks? Are they acceptable or unacceptable?


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