Thursday, 5 June 2014

Dress Sculptures

I'm studying dress sculptures for my Art project at the moment. I'm thinking of dropping the class since I know my grades aren't brilliant and I'm doing well in my other classes. It would also give me more time to work on things for other classes. But, I still have to go on with it until I get my results before I talk to my teachers.

Anyway, I'm studying dress sculptures for Art and I'm actually finding the whole topic interesting. Even if I drop the class, it's a good starting place for my portfolio for university. The dresses that I'm studying are beautiful and you can see the effort that's been put into them. I barely had the patience to finish my art exam piece to a high quality. The fact that I held out surprised me. There were so many rolls of paper... and so much glue... I guess I'm going to have to work on my patience. I have to for design as well since the work load is just as much.

My favourite artist at the moment (dress sculpture-wise) is Carrie Ann Schumacher. I love her dresses and the fact that she uses romance novels to make them. My overall theme is how women are represented through dress sculptures so she's a useful artist and there's so much inspiration that comes from her sculptures.

*pictures are from Pinterest and

Sculptural Paper Dress created from book pages and a hole puncher // Book Art, Carrie Anne Schumacher
Alice and the Boy She Left Behind

Never the Prom Queen
These dress sculptures are unwearable and have absolutely no function other than looking pretty. I interpret that as a reflection of what women see in novels - unattainable relationships that look pretty but would not do anything for them. These novels are so unrealistic and makes love look so perfect when it's not. It's like a lesson to everyone.

They're made of little pieces of paper that are cut into strips or circles. Some pieces are also hole-punched! It's fun. I tried it. It's difficult, though, to get the holes pressed where you want and to create a decent pattern on each piece. I know that this will keep going until the summer at least. It has to. I'll make my decision to keep the class or drop it after summer.

In other news! I have a maths exam tomorrow that I feel prepared for but I'm still scared of it as well. Also, I WAS ALLOWED TO USE AN ELECTRIC SAW AND DRILL IN PRODUCT DESIGN CLASS!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! AND I DIDN'T INJURE MYSELF OR BREAK ANYTHING! Sorry, sorry, I was pretty proud that I was able to handle power tools. I'm a textiles-pro so I don't touch anything related to wood shop... My work is pretty sloppy compared to other people, though, but it's pretty good for a first try!

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

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