I’ve added another mold to my repertoire of veggie forms.. as the heading suggests I got a hold of a lovely All Blue potato, grown at RSK farm in Prattsville, NY by Potato Bob/ AKA Bob Kiley. and if you’ve never encountered the beautiful said potato, here’s a glimpse, just prior to the mold making process, when I draw a parting line around the form to decide where my mold will be separated into parts.
When sliced open, the interior is a lovely sparkling blueish purple
It’s a real shame that this color oxidizes and doesn’t hold up over time, because if you’ve been following my project, you know that I wouldn’t think twice about juicing it and painting it on my seed bomb forms if I thought it would give me a new color. Oh well, it still makes a lovely new form for slipcasting with my local clays! Here’s what the two part mold looks like:
and here are a few color variations of the completed forms:
left to right: Walkill clay painted with carrot juice, Walkill clay straight up, still moist, and then Marakill clay after drying out.
Here’s it again with three layers of the beet juice:
Somehow this beet variation looks even more real than the actual potato.. go figure! These are of course made of clay, hollow and filled with seeds. I particularly like how the split on the actual potato translated into the mold, but then again, this coming from someone who gets excited about potatoes…
As the title indicates, burlap has made an appearance in my studio.. it’s being considered for a backdrop of sorts to be used in my thesis exhibition. I like the texture, and also that it is comprised of roughly woven plant material
“Multipurpose, biodegradable and perfect for composting and planting activities” Seems fitting, don’t you think?
Another consideration for my display backdrop, along these lines, is landscaping fabric, which is essentially a thin, black mesh-like fabric used for keeping weeds from sprouting up on your landscaped areas. I took a picture of the kind I bought, but it’s not very exciting. I think you won’t be disappointed that I’ve excluded a black rectangle here. Somehow this black fabric highlights and shows off my vegetable forms in a more formal manner, like a fancy tablecloth, that happens to keep weeds from sprouting through it. Any thoughts to share on this idea?
While I am partial to the burlap idea, it was brought to my attention that it does not convey a quality of preciousness. I already purchased a big roll of the stuff and wouldn’t want it to go to waste if I don’t end up using it in my display… How ridiculous would it be if I made myself a burlap dress for the opening of my thesis show? High fashion in burlap here. Scroll down the page to the section “Were you raised in a Barn?” Admittedly, I wasn’t raised in one, per se, but there was definitely a barn on the premises, and I’m a fan of the rustic, natural look if you hadn’t gathered that. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!