As the part of a college project I was given the box and complete freedom to do what I like with it.
I wanted to continue to work in the same direction as my graded unit’s project so I continued theme about my brain creature (long story, one day I will go trough the project on my blog too)
First I drew some sketches and for inspiration I looked at Joseph Cornell’s Joseph Cornell and Will Maclean’s http://www.artfirst.co.uk/will_maclean/paintings.html artwork .
Next I started to create the brain. For base I used a sock, stuffed with an old teddy bear stuffing and then I covered it with material cut out from an old t-shirt. To make the form of the brain, I sew tightly with thread and sculpted brain’s creases and folds. Later I embroidered this little creature with seed beads and mouliné threads. I wanted to make him luxurious and posh.
For eyes I used acrylic dolls eyes which I had from old times when I used to create strange jewellery.
I bought mirror gold effect leaves and gilded the inside of the box. Outside I painted white and stained it with black watercolour pencils to create dirty old and worn look. I decided to use gold for all the inside of the box instead of mirror at the back and led lights.
The work was almost done. I had just one thing left to do- I wanted to put the brain guy in the box.
I have some interesting bird cages at home from an old photography project I had couple years ago. One afternoon I put the brain into one of the cages. I don’t know why I did it but suddenly I saw a brilliant concept! This idea occupied my mind so intensively, I couldn’t forget it. Suddenly old idea wasn’t interesting anymore. So, the making process was very quick and voila- here it is – the finished product!