My last post declared I was finally done with the ENCULTURATED WHITE MAN: If the Indians Had Won project. I lied a little. Of the 16 pieces there are six in need of some finishing touches. Half way through the construction of the standing frames, I felt the pieces needed a soft touch added to the outside to compliment the extensive needlework on the interior matted pictures. I began at that point to add tassels to the outside corners. Which meant the first few needed to be revisited with the addition of a tassel or other visually soft decorative element. These decorative elements are also meant to invoke spiritual mystical elements. Maybe my next blog will address the creative intuitive process of the spiritual in the whole project.
This blog pictures the making of the EWM_09 frame tassels. My approach is organic. I did not have a finished picture of the tassels. I wanted a skirt, body and cap. The tassels skirt is cotton DMC thread and cotton embroidery thread. The color choices were hit and miss. The finished skirts shown here are the second set as the first set of mostly pink was not to my liking. Since this frame is a Pueblo theme, I thought to make the caps from an adobe mixture. And since I live in Arkansas, my adobe mixture is an improvisation of red clay-ish dirt, sand and a red sculpting wax.
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