I have entered the piece I have been working on into the WOW Awards. This is huge for me and I would love to post the pics of the finished item but I don't think I'm allowed as the internet is probably classed as media.
Let me just describe the shoot and if I am able to show any images later I will.
We walked all the pieces down into the bush to get to a local waterfall. The hat is covered with stretched silk hankies and of course got stuck on any and everything. The wings and antennae were long and also got caught around many trees and bushes. Finally we arrive at the spot and my gorgeous model garbs up. I show her where I want her to be and deftly, managing not to get the gown and wings dirty, she clambers into position. I bring up the enormous hat and place it on her head. AHHHHH. She looks amazing.
There is some sort of magic with these pieces, this wearable art. It is like the work knows it is to be worn and does not reveal it's wonder till all the components come together. There is no other word to describe it but magic.
I hop down to the camera. I have one and also my 17 yr old (studying photography) has one and we begin to take photos. As I hold the camera up to my eye the magic is complete! The frame transports the work. The eco colours dyed from the bush and now photographed in the bush are perfect together. She just belongs there.
The wings move and change the look of the moth. She is the moth.
This piece has been the most all consuming this I have worked on yet. I can't bear to add up the hours, materials and toll on everyone I know, but here's hoping it's worth it.