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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Disaster Averted

All of the large globes started to collapse and crumble in on themselves today.
Panic was too mild a description for what happened.

Logic center replaced hysteria and I proceeded to do some major problem solving.
Things collapse for the following reasons...they have been worked before completely drying, the glues are too flexible, the weight of the embellishments are too heavy, or the internal structure has been weakened with the burning process.

I was busy designing internal supports and decided to give up all together. I resorted to wailing and whining. I collapsed in a heap. I contacted the gallery and said they couldn't be shown.

I went down to the studio and proceeded to continue burning and forming. Voila! The largest ball has been resurrected and will be shown. It is stronger than ever. The most complex ball can
be saved and an internal support made from insulation foams will work tomorrow. The simplest ball might not ever be saved. I will start it from scratch again and deliver it late.

Every pore on my body is covered in emulsions and paint. I smell like a demented campfire girl
and my partner is getting crabbier because he hasn't been cuddled in awhile.

Sometimes art making is so much fun it makes social work an option again!


Quilt Pixie said...

So glad the hysteria changed to problem solving... I'm not sure I would have been able to make the switch. Is it possible to create an exoskeleton for the smallest one rather then trying to only make internal supports....

arlee said...

YOICKS! I'd have had a meltdown myself, if you forgive the directional pun :} Do you ever use wire as an armature? Some of it is pretty cool these days, just crying out to be used as an art "supply"/tool.

material witness said...

The smallest ones are solid as rock. The 30 inch ones are the problem.

One has been saved ith the use of extreme heat and reforming. A truck could probably run over it now.

The 25 incher has a window cut into it now. It is still a bit flaccid. The exoskeleton is a great idea and so is wire,

I have a plastic banding used for packing heavy loads. The foam hardens like rock so Tim will spray the inside.

I might try to find a small child and stuff them inside. The wiggling and squealing might be distracting.

Thanks for such good ideas.