I attended a three-week workshop with Virginia Fry on grief
and loss in the lives of children and their families.In that workshop, she introduced us to the German term:
“schatten kinder” which translated into English is: “shadow children.” Virginia
explained that Hospice care in Germany during the past ten years has recognized
the often forgotten voice of the siblings of terminally ill
children. These children, young
and old alike, often “fall into the shadows” during this time of grief and loss.
With that in mind, I am designing a series of three angels for
the “schatten kinder” among us; their guardians, of sorts… In the following ancient Hebrew text taken from Isaiah 49:15... I am reminded
that we, like they, are not forgotten,
nor left in the shadows. “Can a woman
forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even
these may forget, but I will not forget you."
Inspired by the work of Russian artist Roman Shustrov… I will be working withtraditional paper maché paste, strips of newspaper and brown craft paper
applied to this Styrofoam and wire mesh armature. I have also included in the design of this angel a reliquary
space, in which I will hang either a rusted heart, or perhaps a vintage skeleton key.
The "Big News"... mentioned in an earlier post this month:
I am working on my first ever (as in "terrified") video workshop... to be offered on line. Some of the "details" have changed as to the where and when, but it is definitely in the works! (wink!)
O.O.A.K. Angel Shrine Doll
The inspiration for creating a OOAK angel shrine doll came from a children’s bereavement workshop that I attended years ago. The instructor introduced us to the concept of creating a “memory box.” A simple “house” filled with small objects that carry special significance and meaning. I have incorporated that concept into creating an angel shrine doll. This workshop will allow you to integrate your own OOAK found object (think flea market, thrift store, or attic find item that resembles a “house”) into a personal expression of your faith or life journey.
I said it before... the end of the creative journey is always a bitter-sweet time for me! And that's where I find myself with this guy... "Folk Art Flying Angel."
My thanks to Teresa, from A Magical Whimsy... who suggested that I use the dark base-coat as the skin tone for this doll! I love it... I did soften the head, hands, and feet with a dry brush application of "light cinnamon" and "burnt sienna."
I added some metallic gold "dots" to the existing verdi green dots and rubbed a bit on his wings as well. Attach the wings & arms and he's finished! He is indeed... a "kindred spirit!" P.S. a late postscript: these are his true colors!
The top coat of color is complete! Next? I will tacke his head, hands and feet with some color and blush! Then, all that is really left to do will be to add a water-based stain to "soften" the colors and put him all together (i.e. wire his arms, attach his wings, etc)
I'm a huge fan of coffee-stained... well, just about anything!
His paper collar and these hang tags have become my "signature"