Looks like something Queen Puabi of Ur would have loved. She had a beaded cape that used beads kind of like this (with carnelian and lapis lazuli).
How amazing would it look if you made a cape/costume out of these beads? The Wanderer’s Robe, made from the maps of the lands she walked?
ACTUALLY! I do have a whole Plan behind these disparate pieces and you’re not far from it… the concept I’m working from/towards rn is a collection of pieces from the collection of a steampunk adventuress when she went on an expedition to the fae lands, where many of its flora/fauna/denizens are made from (or seem to be made from) book pages. I’m’a write up a full artists’ statement at some point, but that’s the general gist. I need to make labels and such for all of these pieces as a finishing touch (ugh finishing details)…
The real trick is to avoid the impression of sanctioning imperialism and the appropriation that was/is all too common in such areas (museum collections, anthropology, victorian-style “expeditions,” etc) - or to try to embed commentary on same in how I label/present these works.
I have also been considering making a masquerade headpiece and mask, but I don’t know if I’m able to do a full cloak rn (space + time are a major factor in Big Projects like that). But that’s a lovely idea! *eyes the two mannequin torsos in the dining room*
Current project pics, wherein I’m trying to combine my fascination with naturalist collections with my love of using book pages as medium for sculpture work. With a dash of fairy tale/supernatural elements here and there. Most of these still need work (consider these pics a sneak peek), but I like where this is going.
As of this posting, I’ve resigned as art director of Eggplant Literary Productions, effective immediately.
After much thought and consideration, I’ve come to the difficult realization that Eggplant is no longer a place where I can do my best work or am able to pursue the goals and ideals to which I remain firmly committed, both personally and professionally.
If anyone has any questions about this decision, I am available either here on Tumblr or via email at samhainpress (at) gmail, although I may reserve the right to keep more personal aspects of this decision private.
Samantha Haney Press