Eggs

I have been experimenting a lot with eggs over the past few months. Dying them, embroidering them, emptying them, filling them, painting them, the list goes on…

I’ve recently tried painting them gold (pictured below) and filling them with things like lint, hair, wool – soft, nestlike stuff.

The three above I have painted in different ways and the two whole ones are filled. The gold paint still needs some layers, but I have really enjoyed the white/gold combo on these little guys. The insides add a weird something to each one, but I can’t tell if I like what it is doing or not… I’ll have to continue to play with them.

Goals: I’m hoping to create sculptures that are almost entirely eggs. I love the idea of eggs and nests and I’m really working and thinking about ideas focused on the delicate/protective thing that is happing with them.

Struggles: Eggs are generally difficult to work with because of how delicate they are. They can also have a tendency to be over used and overdone.

 

I also began working with ink and ink washes on the eggs (pictured below) and I have really been loving the black and white and the running that happens in the cracks and into the texture of the shell.

I enjoy how in emphasizes the breaks in the shell, showing how delicate they are while also highlighting the stone-like surface. I’m also just a fan of black and white, so. They look nice alongside the gold pieces and I’m hoping to work on some combos soon.

Struggles: Ink is so motherfuckin messy. I’m struggling to keep it in the locations I want it to stay in.

Overall, I’m really excited about what this project and this work could potentially be and to continue to work on it for awhile.

New Projects and Birds!

I have been so very busy with my new job that it leaves only a small amount of time for artwork and often even leaves me to tired or worn out to even make anything.

But! There have been a few projects that have inspired me to work a lot harder and get some stuff made. A collaboration between the campus gallery and the campus natural history museum encouraged me to go see some bird and egg specimens, these specimens have sparked a whole whirlwind of ideas and have me trying all sorts of different things.

As you may know from my previous posts, I absolutely love birds. I had been drawing a lot of them recently, and still am, but after my trip to the natural history museum on campus I started thinking that I needed to go above and beyond those.

Below are some projects I started as well as some of the specimens that inspired me.

(I apologize for the poor image quality!)

In process: bird feather with an embroidered pattern, I am hoping to do a lot of these as I think they are wonderfully beautiful. I have been taking a lot of inspiration from the feather patterns I saw on the bird specimens.
Hand dyed wool. I hope to felt this into egg shapes around small, important objects. I haven’t felted anything in a long time so we will see how it goes!
Eggs from the Richter Museum of Natural History. I love the combo of the red brown with the white and small flecks of gray.
More eggs from the Richter Museum of Natural History. I absolutely love the coloring of the dark brown as well as the patterning of the spots, the swirling and smudging really inspires me.
The very subtle pattern on these duck feathers honestly took my breath away (yes, I am a huge bird geek) I am hoping to imitate some of this in future feather embroideries!
Feathers that look almost like leaves! I love the way the white barbs overlap the brown, absolutely lovely.
I am also trying something that I have been half-heartedly attempting for a long time; embroidering eggs. The egg has been broken open, cleaned, hand dyed, embroidered (I say with nonchalance like I didn’t cry about it) and then the halves are glued back together. 

 

Because of how eggs are structured, the french knots are actually in a way holding the egg together, which I find really interesting. Overall, they are fun little egg sculptures and I actually really enjoy making them (as frustrating as they can be!).

Anyway! I am so excited to continue on my weird, bird-inspired, adventure and I hope it keeps going as well as it has been!