I had fun with my November 2020 series but one thing I had to deal with early on was the temporary aspect of the work. I never glued any of the leaves down, or made any attempts to preserve the work. I actually did think about going old skool and I played around with some wax paper in the work...but it just didn't click with me as something I wanted to pursue.
So I ended up with a whole month of work that is only documented in photos, like the one below;
This didn't bother me as much as it would have a couple of years ago, I joke about it but my OCPD tendencies can really put me in a corner- one that I create for myself. I have loosened up a bit, and I have played around with the idea of creating work that is not 'permanent' this year in particular. All of these cutouts that I have been making are documented in photographs rather than one final piece- although I still have most of them and can continue to recreate 'dresses' and play. I even pushed myself further outside of my comfort zone when I did my temporary jewelry pieces this past May. Baby steps towards not being quite so rigid.
So I had 30 pieces from my November series, without the leaves they were just plain fashion figures on paper. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for December, and I also try not to be wasteful...annnnnd my stress level has been kinda high due to the pandemic and a few other things so I decided to 'work smarter not harder' and reuse those pieces from November.
Here is the first piece in the series. I am going to use different Christmas trees and holiday decor for the 'fabric' this month. Maybe it will help get this little elf excited about Santa coming to town!
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