Creative Diary II
For years I wanted a dress form. Not because I was going to make a dress but because, I have a studio and it seemed appropriate to have a dress form in my creative space. Somewhere in the back of my mind I was always looking for that perfect dress form, a combination of antique and design. I never found what I wanted. One thing about me is that if I think I can make something, I won’t buy it. This logic has talked me out of everything from paintings to purses. If I can make it and I want it bad enough, eventually I will make it. The dress form is not any different.
I was packing my office to move to another location when I realized that I still had a broken pole lamp. The lamp was broken during the previous move it broke the globe and broke the wires inside rendering this lamp useless. As I was moving things from one location to another I knew that the company I work for would throw the lamp out, in fact I was on my way to the trash when I realized I could make something out of this pole. It was a sturdy base and pole. At first I had no idea what I was going to do with it, then after weeks of staring at the stripped lamp I got an idea.
The idea was to create a dress form out of canvas and paint it like a canvas. I gutted all the unusable wires out of the pole, I cut out the pieces of the form, none of these were measured, I simply had thought about how I was going to do this so long that I knew. I sewed the pieces together by hand then put cardboard in the bottom to create the circulars effect. Next; cut a T-slit through the bottom, slid the whole form onto the pole, then stuffed the entire thing. Once it was stuffed I sewed the top closed.
My son had used some of the canvas as a drop cloth so there were spots of paint on the canvas; I painted the canvas with acrylic paint. Last I went over some of the paint with fine glitter. I will admit this style is not for everyone. Really a person could paint this any color or use any design. I call it “dreams of my soul”. If my soul were painted I think it would be colorful, interesting, and imperfect.