Update: My first show
1/12/2020 I've been told that Grayson, my African Grey Crowned Crane, received a merit award at the "Art Quilts" exhibit at Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, California. Also, he was sold on opening day!
Now it's finally time to complete the crane's face and add a few final embellishments.
This is my favorite part of sculpting, because now the bird's individual personality starts to reveal itself. Continue reading to learn more.
I can't put it off any longer. It's time to figure out how to make the golden crown for the crane's head. Continue reading to learn more.
For the head, neck and shoulder detailing, I decided to use motifs cut out from some heavy guipure lace left over from my previous career as a ballroom dance costume designer. Continue reading to view more.
With the basic body structure completed, it's time to add feathers. These are a lot of work. Continuing reading to see how they're made.
I've made some progress on my trio of crowned cranes since my last blog post on Feb. 3, 2019, about making legs. With the legs done, I now turn my attention to making the bodies. Continue reading to follow along.
How on earth do these huge birds balance on those long, skinny legs? More importantly, how do I reproduce them? Continue reading to find out.
My next project, a Crowned Crane
This will be my most challenging work so far. Continue reading to see photos and a video of these beautiful birds.
Welcome to my fantasy world
I'm a textile artist in Camarillo, California, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.