Even though CollaborHeARTists agreed to build an “animal totem” we hesitated, postponing the initial meeting two times. (NOTE: CollaborHeARTists is a group of six women artisans who collaborate on art projects for fun.)
We each began (finally!) with a three-inch Styrofoam ball mounted on a small dowel. Pat, who had the sculpting experience, guided us through the process of adding wire mesh enhanced with light weight stone clay.
Like the individuals in charge, each animal’s construction took on different details and offered new challenges for its owner.
First to completion: Cleo Z-baby, or, Cleopatra. Pat’s animal was straightforward funny, thanks in part to its luminous green eyes.
From concept beginning, Frances insisted on referring to her black sheep as Baaabs! Her exquisite needle-felting presentation caused a sensation at our meeting.
Further hysterics ensued when Maria announced Leona the Lavendar Lion Queen with her street-wise pierced tongue might be cross-gender. The hooting and hollering contributed to a general sense of celebration about the project.
Raffie, as I referred to my blue giraffe, took detailing to a new level: beaded coat, eyeliner, fringed mane, jeweled harness. Read more in my July blog post.
Daphne “Daffy” Delphin sported a pearlized, shimmery glaze and smelled faintly of coconut oil, a finishing touch Mary added at the last point before submission.
Maria made secretarial notes at the final group meeting.
Romeo the Rad Raven still needed some attention.
Even Cindy confessed she did not expect the feathers to cover her beaded appliqué when all was done.
Thanks to Mary (one of the CollaborHeartists is a graphic designer) for a logo as well as name plates for each animal.
Pat and I delivered the entry to the Fine Arts Pavilion for submission to the New Mexico State Fair and waved goodbye as two unidentified workers carried the piece off for jury viewing.
Good news one week later: submission accepted. So ends the Collabor-Animal chapter of CollaborHeartists.