This was my last piece for my show at Obsolete. Years ago, I created a figure called "Misguided" and I've always wanted to make a kinetic version of it.
This piece started out with the background first. Having multitudes of fabric scraps in my studio, I started by sewing together this set of samples that someone gave me - they are all very satiny, almost silk-like, fabric pieces. I sewed them all together and then aged them down with a watery wash of raw umber paint. I had an old typsetter's drawer sitting around, so I decided to pin the fabric up on this while it dried. The piece sat around a few months while I was working on other pieces, but I always knew it would become another creation for my show.
Here is the final shot of "Mixed Signals". She raises the flag, twice straight out and once straight up.
A closer shot of the figure. You'll notice I made her dress out of the same fabric I used for the background.
A shot of her head, showing her curls.
Another view of her head.
In the middle of carving her hands.
Her purposely elongated body.
Her back, showing the internal mechanism.
A detail shot of her flag, (can you tell I used the zigzag setting on my sewing machine? First time....)
Here I'm figuring out her outfit. It sort of evolved as I worked on it - first it was a dress, then it turned into a skirt.
I found this hinged card file box that was perfect for this piece - and the hinge made it easier to work on the mechanism.
The mechanism - the cam is yet to be cut. And the whole thing is upside down; I often work on the mechanisms this way.
The cam that controls her arm, cut and finished.
The show will be up until October 12th.