I am currently taking a break from all other projects until after Feb 12th. This year for KQAS, entrants need to have 3 different types of projects. This is designed to show breadth of A&S abilities. Since I ‘do’ several different types of art forms, this style of competition plays to my strengths. It also allows me to work on things that get me excited, rather than things that ‘need’ to get done. I will be posting the progression details of the 3 projects as separate diary entries. But here is the basic overview.
Embroidery- Pelican medallion
This project is part of an elevation cloak. Only the embroidery will count as the entry. The cloak is machine sewn, but the main medallion is hand embroidered. Artwork is based upon an image from Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art, by John Vinycomb, .
Sugar Sculpting- “Sparky” the Blue Tyger of the East
This is a sculpture in sugar, with a rice cereal base. I think people are getting used to me working sugar pieces. And that’s ok, because I love working with the material. It can handle a certain about of being beaten into submission, all the while being delicate and very fragile.
Costuming- Mamluk fire coat
2 years worth of research and this project is finally getting done. I am substituting coffee for black powder in the cartridges that will get attached to the garment. Coffee does not have the same potential for going off if it is handled incorrectly. The general gist of this garment is that it was worn by elite Calvary officers in the Mamluk army. They wore wool coats barded with black powder cartridges. Their horses, lances, helm and quite often, hand cannons were similarly barded. They were set a blaze and pointed at the enemy. The combination of fire and sound was a very good scare tactic. These soldiers were not a ‘kamikaze’ style unit. The wool, covered in talc is fire resistant. Combined with a layer of silk and mail, these coats could be used multiple time. They were the medieval equivalent of a nomex racing suit.