Tuesday, 26 October 2010

She had a head for fashion


I'm not entirely certain what this creation is any more! It began life as a designer hat for the Three Muses Challenge. I was pondering what was in vogue at present and so grabbed a copy of that illustrious publication, borrowed Philip Treacy's Muse and shaped and formed a living breathing monster of head gear which sat atop this poor lady's head. Philip's Muse sure is a strange lass, make no mistake. Perhaps he keeps her under a tighter reign than I managed, because after the hat was finished then she really went to town with my paints and inks. I'm not entirely sure what to make of  her. Are you? (You may need to enlarge to see the bizarre details of the millinery).

I won a hat design competition once. I bet you're impressed now! However, perhaps I should explain before you go thinking I'm some sort of fashion genius... It was a team building exercise involving large quantities of chocolate, cardboard, tissue paper and glue. In a task reminiscent of The Apprentice meets Blue Peter we were required to design a new concept in chocolate complete with packaging.

I came up with the idea of hats in a hat and so six pairs of sticky fingers got to work moulding and shaping until we had an Ascot-style hat with reams of tissue and feathers sat atop a box of choccies squished into the shapes of jockey caps, bowlers, baseball caps and even a fez! There was no one fired in my team I can tell you. In fact, we left weighed down with the spoils of the competition - chocolate naturally!

Got to dash, going out to a comedy evening.

The piece is made of collaged magazine snippets over and under acrylics and inks.

25 comments:

  1. great details and I love the idea of it!!

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  2. She's bursting out of that frame to show off her hat!

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  3. What a delightful flight of fantasy in blue, with accent colors here and there. Beautifully done! Thanks for bringing her to our challenge.

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  4. First of all , I loved reading your story about the design competition ! And enjoy your comedy evening !
    About your hat ; (I've enlarged your image) It's a MAJESTIC and spectaculair piece of ART !

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  5. I sure hope you are alright. Your artwork is gorgeous but I am concerned as to whether the background is dripping paint or 'your blood'..rofl. Fabulous artwork, and a very glamorous chapeau!

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  6. Love this piece...so original! Your story of the hat making was a hoot--would love to have seen a photo of that!

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  7. Wonderful work! Hope you enjoy your evening out!

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  8. she is wonderful and zany, I love it!!

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  9. Such a fantastic piece of art. Looks fab.

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  10. I love her - those rich colours and the grunginess. Glorious piece!

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  11. I do wish I had a touch of your imagination. Spectacular! xx

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  12. I just love your story! Love your girl too especially her hat.

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  13. Pretty fandancy...I don't know about ninteenth century England but it would really be a hit on today's rock scene...awesome job.

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  14. She is darkly gorgeous..i totally love this one..very intriguing..love the colors and vibe and energy to the whole piece!
    how cool about your hat story! Rock on!
    Victoria~

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  15. She is strangely hypnotic in her new hat and a real flight of fancy. Loved your team building idea too.

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  16. Beautiful face, Pam, and the hat is pretty fantastic too.

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  17. This creation is quite unique. Love all the layering! Brilliant!

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  18. great layering... and i always love to read your posts!

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  19. Love your piece! It's vivid and colourful and beautiful!

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  20. Wonderful, out of the frame piece of creativity. The colours are amazing and the whole effect is superb. Thanks so much for sharing it with your friends at the Muses.

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  21. This is so creative and such a real ART piece!
    Its stunning!

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