Here's a thought.
If being creative means breaking rules and going your own way, then I feel like my current project is on point. Why? Because I did it all backwards.
A normal workflow for this kind of project would entail:
1. Painting something intriguing and heartfelt
2. Pouring a resin coating
3. Heading to the framers.
Not this time! For this new multimedia "New Persephone" series I started with the frame design.
Thanks to a multitude of skilled artisans, Haiti is a place where pretty much anything you dream up, you can do. So I went for it. Here's a little sneak peek behind the scenes into my backwards process, and how it's coming along so far.
1. Sketch the frame engravings
I drew from diverse sources for the sketches. This frame series was Inspired by french lace and boudoir gems, Haitian sacred "veve" symbols, Catholic altar pieces and even ancient Egyptian frescoes.
2. Collaborate with the Best
I provided sketches and a 3D model to Jameson Martelly of Gallery Monnin here in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Together with his team they interpreted my sketches into iconic masterpieces (ok, maybe its just me but thats how I feel about them). We had a few hitches along the way, as expected. But I still hold that one of the best things about being a creative in Haiti is collaborating with Haitian artisans. There's nothing like the power of another artist with different skills to really bring ideas into reality.
I recently purchased an engraver and hope to take lessons from these masters soon.
3. Pour Gorgeous Shades of Epoxy Resin
There will be many layers of resin to come. Here's a sneek peek at the first!
4. Create vibrant watercolour and paper Portrait of Persephone. Select Gemstones. Attach them to the Frames.
I'll continue sharing as this NEW PERSEPHONE series evolves. It's all about retelling this classic Greek myth in the goddess' own words, with a Haitian contemporary twist.
This fall when I launch the Amanacer Art Online store, you can expect a full range of original art and boho-home goodies in the boutique. Stay tuned!