Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hector Bray...antiques & curio collector

Hector Bray in his taxidermy, arts, vintage toys, antiques and curios shop… he has just returned from a trip to deliver some pieces to London, where he saw the Marcel Duchamp at the Tate, and also enjoyed browsing round the boutiques in Notting Hill. He has acquired some rather nice plaster casts of
some ancient skulls he is about to mount and put out on display.

12th scale OOAK figure

Friday, 3 March 2017

Urnes bodice

Completed my Urnes Dragon-Serpent bodice
...mixed feelings on it.
It ended up being something of a nightmare to work...the fabric I chose to use ( it was some old canvas-denim style material I've had knocking about for a long time) was way too thick and stiff to get a needle through for hand sewing, let alone detailed embroidery. I ended up having to leave the design as a very simple outline as I almost punctured my thimble many times even to do this much on there. Then the clasps I had originally found were out of stock, so I had to use these reproduction ones...although by the time I got to that stage I was rather disheartened !! fits well, and I still like the design...and I think with the kind of skirt and blouse shown top right it will suggest the folk costume reasonably well :o)