Favela saves the day!



After much stress and deliberation, I decided to ditch the grapes. I just wasn’t getting anywhere with them and while some people can find fruit inspiring, I just don’t think I’m one of them…so I’m sorry Dionysus…but I feel much better for it. A few days after ‘fruit’ was announced, we were told we could actually do architecture if we wanted, and then the deadline was extended to the middle of January, so I feel I have enough time to get it finished off by then. I did a lot of sketchbooking and studies on Favelas, which are areas of slum housing in Brazil’s major cities. They are so colourful and busy and a real-life eclectic example of mixed-media. Now I have sawn out some examples of slum housing from white sheet acrylic and coloured them with engraving and rubbing them with acrylic paint. The next step is to add some more embellishment in the form of metal (silver and copper), wood, and a very limited amount of fabric. Then string them up into a big neckpiece i think! I’m so glad I changed it, much happier with it, and it is firing the imagination a lot more than the other one too. I have included a couple of Favela images, so you can see what I’m getting excited about. The thing that made me so interested in them in the first place was the film ‘City of God’, I highly recommend it πŸ™‚

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