This month I am offering this sweet little diorama as a "Pay What You Wish" opportunity. It is difficult for me to put a price on something I make, so much of my time and care goes into each piece. This allows anyone, no matter what their budget is, to purchase an original work of art. I believe that people are generous and like to support artists and craftspeople when given the opportunity.
I would like to provide a work of art to the person who could benefit from it the most. This small box features a hand embroidered dress on 80 to 100 year old antique heirloom linen. I construct the little box, then add layers of paper and recycled tea bag paper to cover it. I then paint it using acrylic paint and seal it in a matte medium. It measures approximately 3" by 3 1/2" by 1 3/4". This took approximately 4 hours to make. I have another box, similar to this one, available for $50 here.
Here is how it works: -Send an e-mail to email@example.com . Tell me why you want it or what you like about it.
-What price you would like to pay for it. I am requiring a minimum of $5 for U.S. customers, and $9 for international customers to cover fees and shipping cost. Please keep this in mind when determining the price.
-Please respond by Sunday March, 15th.
If more than one person is interested in this work of art I will choose based on who I think will benefit from it the most, not the price you will pay.
Please share with anyone you think might be interested!
A monthly update, dedicated to to showing you my process, sneak peeks inside my studio, and previews of works in progress turned into finished products.
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I've made these little boxes in the past, you may remember this one, or this one. I wanted to put a new spin on an old idea. Rather than using paper and paint, I cut out small pieces of heirloom fabric to create these little dresses, then embroidered each one with a unique design. They are the feature of my dioramas and will hang from a delicate bit of thread. These are a smaller version of the larger ones I am planning to create. With help from my husband, I would like to construct a few wood boxes that would be the frame for the dioramas. I will have one of these small boxes available as a "Pay What You Wish" opportunity, details soon.
As you can see, I am dreaming of spring. The below freezing temperatures are starting to get to me. Maybe this way I can bring a little warmth inside. The other day I pulled out a small canvas and created a very simple still life. I enjoyed the process of creating texture on this simple painting. It reminds me of the cold sunny days, when the almost blinding sunlight shines into our home, providing some warmth.
It must be the medium choice, gouache, that led me to this more illustrative look in my most recent paintings. I do not at all consider myself and illustrator. In fact, quite the opposite. I really enjoy a more expressionistic approach to my work, but I am enjoying the simplicity of this painting. I needed her arms to be the focus they are round and nurturing.
I am also excited to announce the opening of my new, independent store front. I am slowly building up inventory, feel free to take a look!