Friday, April 01, 2011

Essence of Ballet

22" x 15 1/2"

My first thought was to use various pieces of tulle and organza for ballet tutus, but the bag of plastic mesh pieces which I have been collecting for a while called out louder! I then bunched another piece for each, and made the upper bodice, cutting away the center to make arms, with a bit of lace and a couple beads to cover the join at the waistline. I hesitated about actually adding legs, hands and faces, since I'm not good at faces. However, the feeling of movement is there even without actual bodies, so I decided to leave it like that.

I added a scattering of yellow, gold and orange beads over the surface, then used the same lace as part of the border.

The background is a single piece of pastel colors with an overall scattering of gold flecks, but they don't photograph well.

I enjoyed this challenge, and look forward to your comments.


Linda Mac said...

Nice use of the plastic mesh. I like the way you trimmed it leaving arms. Lots of movement there, and the eyes naturally fill in the dancers. This piece has a dream-like quality.

Cynthia Ann Morgan said...

Hi Tobi, this piece makes me want to play with my Barbie dolls again! Very clever and evocative!

Michigoose said...

Love the mesh work and the layout of the central pieces! Very well done for the movement and color can just imagine them swirling around.

I'm not sure that the irregular edges add anything to it though...I'm wondering what it would be like if it were put on a background, Maybe with trapezoidal edge or something...I think you were trying to evoke movement with the layout as well..Perhaps if it were MORE strongly wiggly? It sort of is egg shaped which just gives stability, not movement.

Lisa Quintana

Michigoose said...

oops...When I said "layout" I meant border/shape!

Pam Harris said...

Great movement and I like the mesh! I don't think arms, legs, or face are needed. The ladies look as if they are having a good time.

I enjoy your irregular shapes.