Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Final Preparations

When I wrote this post about my museum competition piece, I mentioned my plan to make a box for presentation. I've been mulling over different ways to do this.

My super-crafty best friend had a number of great ideas and loaned me a book titled, "Crafting Personal Shrines" by Carol Owen. Surprise, surprise: Carol is an old acquaintance from my association with a local craft co-op! All sorts of people are going to have a hand in this fabulous piece of mine. In this book, Carol demonstrates the best way to treat foamcore to prevent the warping that occurs over time.



My initial thought was to make a box, from scratch, using foamcore. But, the weight of the collar made me worry the box wouldn't be strong enough to hold up. I decided to start with a ready-made white cardboard mailing box from Staples, and embellished it with some gorgeous marbled rice paper from my local studio supply shop. I used a solid colored rice paper in a nice deep burgundy to line the inside of the box, as well as reinforcing the outside corners.


To showcase the piece inside the box, I used foamcore as a slanted surface, inserted a column of mat board where the neck area would lie, and draped the whole thing with kiwi green silk velvet.


Hazzah!

My jury photo and artist statement have been uploaded, and now it's in the hands of the powers-that-be. I'll find out around the end of the month whether I was accepted or not. Either way, I'm very proud of what I've done here.

copyright 2010 Shibori Girl

18 comments:

Rosita P. said...

The beautiful box is a fitting tribute to the gorgeous necklace. Beautifully done and super concept.

Annie said...

Kate! It is brilliant - looks safe and I love the kiwi colour and the contrast to the collar. Perfect and professional :) Congratulations!!!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Kate,

Love this box, is great for your fabulous piece. Best luck!


~ Gabriela ~

Robin said...

A gorgeous box fitting to such a beautiful and dramatic presentation piece.

Good luck in the competition!

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Createology said...

The jury should not deliberate for long as this presentation and necklace are beyond stunning. I cannot imagine anything being more beautiful than this package of art extraordinaire! Perfection!!!

Stephanie said...

The box turned out beautifully. I love the color, it really shows off your necklace.

You'll have to be sure to let us know how it goes and who the lucky person is that ends up with it.
x..x

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Splendid box Kate! It does the necklace proud. Let us know when the jury falls to the ground singing your praises and those of your beautiful work!

Snap said...

magnificent .... yeehaw!

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Kte,
I saw your comment on Gabriela's blog and wanted to thank you. I also have been looking at your gorgeous jewelery.Fablous. I also saw your lovely pancakes.
Thanks again Dear,
XXOO Marie antionette

SewWhatsNew said...

Gorgeous! Everything is gorgeous.

randomcreative said...

You should definitely be proud! Good luck!!

Susan aka Dreambeadweaver said...

Wow! Stunning piece, gorgeous box! Good luck! :D. I sure can't imagine them not accepting such an outstanding package.

surfingcat said...

wow, it's a stunning piece and I love the presentation. That green really sets off your beautiful necklace! All the best for the competition.

roseworksjewelry said...

That's a gorgeous piece and you did an incredible job at presenting it!

rochambeau said...

Super Divine! Beautiful presentation Kate! Adore how the green velvet makes your necklace pop just perfectly! Hope you win the prize!! Fairy fingers crossed!

xox
Constance

Cynthia Blanton said...

Beautiful necklace and lovely, very clever box. Good luck.

Christie Minchew said...

Wow, Kate! Both your necklace and your box are a beautiful work of art. Soooooo impressive and totally worthy of museum appreciation :).

LW said...

Bravo …………

This is magnificent.

Louise