My cards are done. As always, there were many challenges along the way…some inherent in the process, itself…and then, those others which have to do with trying to live a creative life inside of my day-to-day one.
The brief seemed simple: create a paper angel who would carry a Christmas message to friends and family. But then, I had to come up with an angel. What would she wear? How would she fly? What message could she bring? And, lastly (and believe me, avoided until the VERY END) how would I create her face?…the face of an angel? Many artists do A LOT to avoid drawing faces. Been there. Done that. Decided to rise to the challenge on this one.
And so, early on, my angels were heads attached to legs. Then, they acquired stenciled dresses. Each is different (essential, I think) and figuring out how to do that is an important part of what makes designing such a project engaging). On first look, that might seem like a tedious process, but in truth a large sheet of sturdy rice paper was spray painted with various metallic colors over “stencils” (found and real) of lace-like patterns. When the dress and sleeve templates were traced and cut out, every “dress” became unique. The body pattern (head to toe) was traced onto an old piece of poster board; arms and wings, as well. They were good, so they even have haloes! All were glued together in a very straight-forward, step-by-step process…and angels gradually appeared!
Except, they had no faces.
Perhaps someone smarter or more practical would have drawn in faces before all the rest of the assembly. Then there would have been room for error, to toss aside rejects, maybe even to change the design so that faces weren’t really needed…tempting, that last thing. I KNEW that…danced around it, as a matter of fact. But, since I HAD already invested so much effort, I was forced to truly engage with the challenge (I know myself well)…and, I made faces! They are not perfect. One angel in particular truly looks like she would rather be doing something else…but, each has a bit of personality. And, each is unique: my goal from the very beginning.
I sent them out…they are in flight. Merry Christmas!