To Kiss or not to Kiss: A new souvenir for a multicultural country.

Three Inspiring Visits

Three inspiring visits

Many things inspire me for this project. From what I see around me, to books, phrases, exhibitions and  my students. I will be sharing some of these inspiration sources with you. Today I’d like to start with these…

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Samples Are Ready

Samples are ready

During the past few weeks, I’ve invested quite some hours in detailing, sanding and painting and looking at images of the folkloric garments from each of the countries. I don’t have any knowledge about the technique to paint…

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Kiss

Kiss

Next to the production of models, I’ve been doing research for the content of the project, learning a bit about Immigration History in the Netherlands and facts and figures about its present population. I am also discovering many…

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Waiting List

Waiting list

At this point I’ve had a line of potential clay figurines waiting for me to give them form and color. I’ve put them in a zip-lock bag so that they keep their moisture. I lined them up on…

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Shrink Gracefully…

Shrink gracefully…

Still working on the model making process; as I previously mentioned, the modeling clay I’ve used shrinks when it dries. For design purposes it is important to have some control that both pieces (male and female) shrink proportionately,…

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Hands-on, New Rough Sketches.

Hands-on, new rough sketches.

Making the first models was good to gain experience on how to work with modeling clay (the one that hardens up). This clay is not so user friendly, it shrinks while it dries and this leaves a rough…

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First Steps, Materializing Ideas.

First Steps, materializing ideas.

This is how it all started, the first sketch model inspired in a female Turkish folkloric dress.  I transferred this idea into modeling clay and as a next step a mold was made by Montagne Aardenwerkfabriek to slip…

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