A few years ago I attended my first Wearable Art show at Dunedin Fine Art Center and I remember being in awe at how creative and well produced it was. I love fashion and glamour and wondered if I would ever be a part of it in the future. A lot of work goes into such an endeavor, as well as a lot of time, energy, and skill in building multiple looks.
Well, I got to know the folks at DFAC over the years, and one of my friends over there asked me about being a designer. I took that as a sign it was a good time to pull the trigger, but would need some assistance. I asked my friend Michael if he would want to team up, and he did. We had similar interests in Native American art and color, so we looked at the Hopi Native Americans Kachina dolls for inspiration.
Below see some progress pics as I experimented ( and struggled a lot) with constructing head dresses tat would stay up and not fall off during our dance movements.
My latest finished piece for the "Beautiful Worries" exhibit in Tampa that was on August 29th. My first attempt at cutting into an authentic aluminum street sign sign mounted on cradled wood board was a success....I plan on exploring this technique more.
This piece shares a portion of the internal dialogue we have all had with ourselves after a big decision or life event. Recently, I made a big change: taking a year leave from teaching elementary art to pursue my lifelong passion, creating art. In the past, I didn’t have the courage to make such a choice, but this year I was ready, and afterwards I felt relieved and excited to see what would transpire. The “one way” sign is a central part of this piece because for 11 years I was on a one-way track that I didn’t necessarily want to be on for the rest of my artistic career. I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with making their own way and take the path that is marked because it’s easier. They follow the signs; follow the rules, and some wish that they could go their own way. Well, I wanted to stop the cycle, and utilize my talents to see where they will take me. I now find myself wondering, “Now what?” will happen, or should happen. One thing I am sure of, I look forward to the journey on this road less traveled.
"Now What" by DemiGod. 2015. Street sign on painted wood board.