The Extraordinarium

“The Extraordinarium, a place, a home for extraodinary little beings to gather and where extraordinary things happen.

Herbert, he is an extraordinary little being, has seen many centuries come and go and has watched his beloved walled garden and the contents therein slowly decline. What was once a thriving country house, slowly fell into disrepair, the sons were called up to fight and never returned, the same went for all workers on the estate and slowly everything came to a halt. The owners died as much of a broken heart as old age and the house fell into total decline. Herbert of course always found something to eat from the rampant grasses, berries and seeds that grew wild everywhere but he yearned for the day when his beloved walled garden could be bought back to life

it came to him in a dream, he didn’t know it then, but this was to be the beginning of something quite extraordinary ! dream trees .”

I have started to put together the books for my little creatures, the characterful beings that are drawn to “The Extraordinarium”

the sketches below are ideas for the dream tree, a very rare specie. I am intending to make one, probably cut paper, shaped and curved to form three dimensional image just like my flowers and shoes, or a moulded paper clay that I can actually model and place in a perspex case. Early stages yet, but all my creatures are made and the individual stories are coming together. These will all be for sale, where I dont know or when, but soon

Rose d’amour – paper shoe no.6

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Red preserved petals, toile, intamacy, unfurling, sensitivity, fragile, vulnerable.  All handmade in paper, shoe lining taken from 18th century erotic etchings to make my own toile, preserved flower petals. Gold dresdon paper edging

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

any experience, your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look will easily unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

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my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility: whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens;

only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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The “Dada” paper shoe” no. 5

Todays shoe was inspired by dear friend Analu in Rio.  Her Dada workshop produced so many colourful images on flickr that when I started working with crepe paper I just had to dedicate this shoe to her.  THANKYOU ANALU!!

I cut strips of crepe paper and “twirled ” into long spirals, then glued them onto the shoe upper shape.  After finalising the pattern I then completed glueing the upper to the sole………..  Cannot wait to produce shoe no.6 … what to do with them all I ask myself

Flickr: Your Photostream.

shoe no.3 apricot

IMG_2702this is in its original colour.  Made with Gloria Doublette Crepe Paper, quite thick and different colour each side.   It comes in more subtle colours but only managed to get it in rather garish colours in the uk.  Its from Germany and cant seem to find a german website that sells it, I can see the shade card but thats all.  I used white paper to cut our the sole, upper and heel part, then covered with crepe paper, frill I just folded and glued, same with rosettes.   The shoe part is coming along, getting better on each one, but the heels posing problems, anyone out there made heels who is willing to share?

colour……… not sure

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Colour, working with colour I find difficult in a paper context………..  to me white on white is magical, ethereal, ghost like.  Its simple but has great strength, its architectural,  its my choice for paper work, feels more structural, captures the essence and feels like a design and not just decoration.

However I thought I would try colour and try crepe paper……………  I enjoyed cutting and crimping, progressing from the photocopy paper prototype of last week.   However, it feels frivolous, decorative, like icing a cake and not the same as working in white

What does this mean?  its something very powerful, brings up many emotions, something I want to explore over the coming weeks.

fragile, delicate, fit for a princess

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart: William Wordsworth

 My paper journey swept me off my feet today, literally…………  shoes, delicate, fragile, made of paper.  My first attempt, these are just first prototypes and excited about making more…………….  as I make them I sit patiently, cutting and crimping, folding and shaping, watching my vision become reality.  Its amazing, from a flat piece of white photocopy paper, some love and vision, and hey presto a fairy tale shoe fit for a princess.

Thankyou Analu

This lady from Rio has been in inspiration to me, her cut paper work inspired me to get going with my own work at the end of 2008. However since then Analus’ work has moved in many and colourful directions, this piece made me smile so much that I wanted for myself. WIth Analu’s permission I have downloaded and printed it out and its destined to be framed and hung in my home.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lalalu/3869958194/

Three pairs of hands make light work

 

 

 

 

Sunday, what a fabulous day, Kirsty and Yao came over and we cut paper together all around the table!! Enriching in everyway, the bonus being we made an ocean of flowers together.  Each flower so unique, cut out, folded, crimped ,  moulded and shaped so lovingly, all by hand and with love.  The persepex boxes are going to be full of so much more than flowers! 

For lunch we ate a tasty roast chicken, roast butternut squash and parsnips and courgettes and french beans from Kirsty’s garden, and ended the day by watching an incredible film called MAN ON A WIRE, a guy that against all odds walked on a wire strung between the topmost points of the world trade centres twin towers back in the 70’s.  Amazing footage. 

All in all a really lovely day

 

Flickr: Your Photostream.

Working under pressure, why do I need deadlines

The deadline is getting close, the pressure is on , i have flowers coming out of my ears.  Why is it I do best under pressure? I have had months to get this project off the ground, all the ideas percolating around inside until I come up with something that just “feels right”.   With the deadline looming I am forced to make a decison and when I do I feel a mixture or elation and peace.  My body acts out what my heart is telling me, this is the one!!!!!!  this is it, a real sense of calm and wellbeing resides, the anxiety of getting it right subsides and off I go, it all seem quite effortless once I start.

I adore roses, so its no surprise that my hands have cut, crimped and glued many today!!  They look so fragile but at the same time so robust!!, there heady perfume and profuse flowering habits fill me with joy.  My favourite perfume which I wear all he time is Rose Absolue.  It is said the Cleopatra laid a thick carpet 2 feet thick of rose petals for a banquette given for Mark Anthony………..

I am also filling some perspex boxes with a swarm of butterflys, about 350 in all.  Then three large trees, one tree per perspex box.  Oh my get a move on CAROL……. no time to write blogs 🙂

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Todays abundance below

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