For Small Museum Visitors-Miniature Cord Painting after Regina Bogat

 

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Recently, I created this small replica of one of the contemporary pieces at the Blanton Museum of Art called “Cord Painting 14″ by Regina Bogat. This was done in an effort to encourage discovery and interaction for a group tour for young children, ages 3 to 5 years.

It was time consuming, but worth it.  I started with a small 5″ x 4″ white canvas. After painting it with two heavy coats of cadmium red dark, Using Bogat’s work as the model, I used a needle and poked rows of holes in the canvas, in an organized grid pattern (see photo) with 27 holes from one end to the other.  Only the top third of the canvas was used. I matched the colors of embroidery thread to the actual piece, as best as I could.  Knotting the threads from the back, I sewed them through and double-knotted the ends, snipping off excess thread.  The threads were left at various lengths.

After all the threads were sewn through and knotted, I restretched the canvas back onto the wooden frame by hand, and stapled it back in place.

This was an excellent interactive addition to our tour.  The small children loved to hold, explore, and play with the small piece as we talked about the larger work on the wall.  We looked for favorite colors, guessed what the back looked like, took turns making knots, and used our imaginations to talk about what could be hiding behind the cords!  Overall, the miniature art aided in maintaining short attention spans, encouraging curiosity, and gently redirecting the temptation to touch the art.

Here are the process photos!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend.  ~Scarlett

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For Elias

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This piece was made by finger-painting on Bristol vellum and then cutting the pieces out by hand.  The background was made by dragging a piece of cardboard through the leftover paint on the palette, and then swiping it across the paper in an upward motion. I uploaded the photo to Ribbet and edited it.

This design was made in memory of a special little boy from Finland, who had Cockayne Syndrome.

To see many more projects and photos, like my FB page.  This design is part of a set I’m currently working on to sell for medical research in Knox’s Etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!

For Elias 2015