It’s been so hot and humid here that it has been challenging to work in my non-air-conditioned studio/home during the daytime. I’ve taken to working later at night when it is cooler. I also like how quiet and peaceful the night time is in summer. I have a pond nearby and the croaking frogs are great company as I work on my latest constructions while the fragrance of blooming Valerian wafts in through the open windows.
I’ve just finished a splendid house that has some unique details that I’ve never done on other sculptures before. I’ll write some short posts in the next few days to share my process with you, but for now, here is the house; The Rose Cottage.
The house is made primarily from Birch bark and twigs. The shiny windows are not quite so reflective in real life… the studio lights make them appear very mirror-like when actually they are delightfully and mysteriously translucent. The door (which opens) is made from White Cedar twigs and was made to look like stained glass. The conservatory window has clear panes in the roof made from natural mica (a mineral that forms in thin,transparent sheets). The house has two sets of lights, one set on the main body and one set in the roof. The roof was inspired by the heather-thatched roofs I had seen on my visits to the west coast of Scotland. They use a clever weighted net system to hold the thatch from blowing away in the fierce coastal winds. This roof is made from hand-dyed wool from Scottish sheep which is needle felted into place with a lattice of silk ribbons, woven and stitched in place.
There is a special stand that goes with this house. It and more details about the house will be revealed soon in my next posts. I hope you can come back to additional photos and learn more about The Rose Cottage.
Bright Blessings on you and yours,