Sunday, 5 June 2016

Speed Craft #3 - Concrete

This is my final post about Speed Craft at Debbie Bryan.  To see the other posts, just scroll down a bit.

Table three was a very unusual one.  It was concrete art with Bethany Walker,  It's well worth clicking on that link as her work is so original, I'd certainly never seen anything like it.

We were presented with a table of bits and bobs - wools, paper, buttons, felt, threads.  We started with a plastic container, just a standard take-away container - and made a picture in the bottom.


This is one of those photos where no matter that I've rotated it, Blogger insists you view it sideways.  I'm pretty sure you can still make out that it's a bunny though!  The green bits of wool are grass and the red fluff are flower heads.


Next we poured on concrete and then left it.  We didn't collect these for about three weeks and had no idea how they would turn out at all, this is definitely a very experimental technique rather than one which gives precise results.


Here's how it turned out.  Not so well!  I think the concrete seeped underneath quite a bit.  The bunny's button tail disappeared, as did a lot of his outline (white was not a good idea for thread colour there!) and the flower stems.  I took a nail to it (I nail that you hammer in the wall, not a finger nail!).


Bit better?  I didn't want to scrape away too much concrete as I was afraid it would all just fall out!  I'm not so happy with that bit of grass that migrated and now appears to be coming out of the bunny's bum!  You can also read the name of the packaging company at the top and the see the recycling symbols at the bottom.  I tried to scrape them away but didn't have much success.  Ah well, let's call it done!

7 comments:

Rachel said...

I like the flowers - they worked really well. A very experimental technique!

Christine Barnsley said...

I rather like it Wendy.... it is a great piece of modern art! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Christine x

Jane Galley said...

I do like it, it's looks like one to explore. I've never heard of it before

margaret said...

this is a new technique to me thinking you will not be trying it again, so many things you have tried i am impressed

Magpie Sue said...

Sort of looks like a ghost bunny and flowers. It's charming really.

Sandra :) said...

I agree with Margaret - I suspect you won't be doing this one again, lol. But you tried something fun and new - some of us (ME!) are weirdly hesitant to do that, and tend to stick with tried and true - I love that you're an adventurous crafter :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Interesting technique! I wonder how you'd get all those bits and pieces to stay still...