|'Aidianna' - A widely travelled lady|
Paper collage on card, with paper strips for 'hair' only attached around the face.
The programme showed a photograph of her with a huge newspaper wig she wore in one of her previous tours. It looked fantastic, and it inspired me to use the idea as a basis for one of my 29 FACES.
I used pages containing city maps from an old road map book of Europe. I cut small odd-shaped pieces for the face and stuck them on a piece of card quite at random. The eyes and lips are shapes I cut from coloured paper and collaged on.
For the 'hair' I cut dozens and dozens of strips, which I stuck around the face just a little glue on a folded-back edge, so that the 'hair' would flop around and position itself as it wished. The finished piece is 17 inches high by 21 inches wide.
On Sunday, when I finished it and took the photograph, the sky was almost black and it poured with rain all day, so I was amazed when I was able to take this reasonably clear photograph. The artwork is laid out on a black towel to get a good contrast.
Here's where she started. As soon as I saw Cher's newspaper wig I knew I wanted to create something along those lines for 29 Faces. I grabbed my 'rough' sketchbook, which is always beside me and quickly made a rough sketch to remind me to do it. It's always better for me to get an idea down on paper right away, otherwise it gets lost in all the other ideas that are always spinning around in my head.
This close-up of the face shows the various pieces of map a little more clearly. I like the way the randomly placed pieces of map 'draw' lines across the face, especially the two that are a little like eyebrows above the eyes. Serendipity.
To finish off I took the image into Photoshop and applied the 'Stylize - Find Edges' filter. It produced this striking effect, and the effect of the filter on the black towel has produced interesting texture.
I think I like this version of Aidianna even more than the original.