Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
by Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio
My September/October 2010 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors arrived on Friday. I always look forward to receiving this magazine in the mail, but this month was really special for me, because I have an article in this issue: Paper or Plaster? A Plastic Pumpkin Makeover.
The articles details my technique for repurposing those little plastic halloween jack-o-lanterns that kids bring home from parties, as well as the big ones that they carry while trick-or-treating. (The photos in the article are much nicer than these.)
I spent a lot of time during last year's snowstorms working on these guys. They were all over my house. I had to remember to explain to visitors why my house was full of Halloween decorations! (There's nothing like a little creative anachronism to make the neighbors think you've lost your mind.)
If you'd like to make some of these with me, I'll be teaching a workshop on October 23, 2010 at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria,Virginia. Details coming soon.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I laid down several layers of background paint, and when I looked at the picture vertically, I could see the form of a woman, so I decided to use water-soluble pastels to sketch in her head and neck. Once I got that in, I could see there would only be room for one window, with a lot of blank space at the bottom. I decided that the woman was waiting for her husband to come home from war. I sifted through some old family letters and came across one that told of a father dying in a civil war hospital. It said that he was buried a few weeks before the family knew he had died.
I put a man inside the window, and realized it wasn't working for me. The panes in the window cut his face up in a strange way. Plus, the man was gone... he wouldn't be looking out the window. The family would be looking for him. I quit working on the piece.
Two days later, at an estate sale, I found a photo of a girl. On a whim, I put her behind the window, and
she fit perfectly. By this time it was the night before the deadline.
Tonight, at the Uniquely Fredericksburg Show, She Waits won a second place ribbon in the mixed media category.