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The Secret : a new winged key assemblage

The Secret : a new winged key assemblage

Ssshhh... it's a Secret...

The Secret: winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret: winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Here is my latest assemblage piece in the "winged keys" series. It's a bit different from the other ones because it's the key-hole that's at the center this time. The papers are pages from a french schoolbook with images and words of Little Red Riding Hood, and handwritten lists of workers from a 1906 construction site.* They speak of the duality between the world of childhood and the world of adults, the feminine and the masculine, of initiation.

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

In the middle there is a little girl, maybe Little Red Riding Hood, or maybe Alice, or maybe a bit of both? Sometimes she is too big, and sometimes she is too small. Just like the key. The world around her keeps telling her "Eat me", "Drink me"... fix me, do this, do that, fit in, grow up.

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

But she looks through the key-hole. At you, at me, at her own "wonderland" of possiblity. What if she crossed to the other side? What if she were not afraid of the wolf? What if she were the key? Maybe initiation is not just about letting go of childhood to become an "adult". Maybe the "secret" is about welcoming the little dreamer that lives within us, our inner child, vulnerable and brave, innocent and wise, and gently opening the door, inviting her to play...

The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille
The Secret (detail) : winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Have a beauty-full day everyone!

*(a big thank you to Marie-Aimée at AlterTheTime for the gorgeous paper!)

"Vulnerabilis" a new winged key assemblage

"Vulnerabilis" a new winged key assemblage

This is my latest "winged key" assemblage. This one is called "vulnerabilis" and speaks of how sometimes we get hurt, betrayed, abused, but we feel we have to soldier through it all and keep going anyway. So we lock up our heart and soul like fragile butterflies. "Safely", behind glass, standing still, maybe visible, but untouchable. Too vulnerable.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

We protect ourselves, we pretend. We cringe if someone comes too close. We recoil. We put up signs that say "handle with care" or even better, don't touch me at all. Don't break the glass. Love, friendship, a helping hand, empathy, intimacy? Entering the danger zone. And we get used to it, living behind the glass, seeing life through the glass. We make it home.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

And yet, being vulnerable, truly vulnerable, is something different. It doesn't mean we're too fragile for life. It means mustering up the strength to let ourselves be seen, heard and touched again. Owning our story, daring to let this butterfly spread its wings, alive. Vulnerability doesn't mean weakness, it means courage.

But when we're so used to our pretty cage, our self-inflicted imprisonment, it's not easy to open it and take flight. Yet it's not sealed forever, somehow we know there is a way out, we hold the key. And maybe, if we let ourselves dare to trust again, someone will gently help us unlock it from outside. And we'll feel the wind again.

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage, detail by Laly Mille

The "winged keys" are an assemblage series. I add a new one from time to time. You can see the other pieces HERE.

Wishing you a good flight today...

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

Vulnerabilis, winged key assemblage by Laly Mille

New blooms! a sister painting...

New blooms! a sister painting...

The painting we did together in the "step by step" project has a little sister! I still haven't found a name for these newborn lovelies, but here they are anyway!

The new painting:

The 2 paintings together: I'm thinking I should sell them as a set, don't you think?

And I even had a little fun putting them side by side in a "virtual room"! They need a home now...

Have a beautiful week!

Let's bloom! step by step painting (part 2) "How to" let art come to life

Let's bloom! step by step painting (part 2) "How to" let art come to life

Well everyone, first I want to thank all those of you who have been following my "work in progress" on facebook. Your response has been amazing and it really was like you were by my side while I painted! Thank you for your support and for making it so much fun!

Now, today is the 3rd Thursday of the month, which means it's Blog Circle time! And guess what this month's theme is? "How to..."! Talk about synchronicity. I think several of the Circle ladies are planning to talk about "how to" find inspiration, how to plant seeds for your creativity and your life, how to bloom! So as I share with you my finished "blooming" painting and the 2nd part of the process, we'll talk about that too, and I'll show you a little video!

But first, here is the newborn painting! It hasn't got a name yet and I think it's waiting for all of you fairy godmothers/fathers to find it, so please leave your suggestions in the comments!

Mixed media painting by Laly Mille

Mixed media painting by Laly Mille

So, "how to" go from the white canvas to this? I've shared the techniques on my facebook page (and you'll find images of all the steps at the end of this post), but if it were for techniques alone, it would never work. They're the visible part of the iceberg. And here is the very important "invisible" stuff :

- Feeling safe: to me this means that the blank canvas must go from intimidating white desert to fun familiar playground. In this painting it translated as putting some colors that I already like on the canvas, by randomly applying the left-over paint from my previous painting. And then writing whatever positive words came to mind all over the canvas as encouragement! And by using photos of real roses as guidelines so I don't have to worry about "how do I paint a rose???"

- Playing: when I paint, I go back to my childhood self, to this little girl who likes to play and believes in magic, who dares to just have fun, losing herself in the moment. Randomly sprinkling color, spraying water, moving the canvas, this is all so much fun! A little bit of this, a little bit of that, never over-thinking it... And this time it was also so much fun to have you all as playmates!

- Trusting and daring: by now I know that it's not all in my hands, that our art, just like a child, doesn't "belong" to us. It is born from us, we are the vessel through which it comes to life, we give it the best we've got, but eventually it has a life of its own, a place in the world that is not ours to "control", a purpose that we may never fully grasp. And once we accept this, what a relief! I like these words from Alanis Morissette : it's "the best platform from which to jump beyond myself" Yes it is! This sense of trust allows us to let go and dare! In this painting it translated as choosing a large canvas, writing intuitively all over the almost-finished painting with white-out, loading a brayer with white paint and covering many of the flowers even though I liked how they looked, blowing droplets of black India ink... And of course the scariest part was to share the process "live" while having no idea how it would end up! But scary + exciting = good!

So, here is a little video showing you the evolution of the painting, coming to life, from start to finish!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej9QHg47YNM

And below is the 2nd part of the steps that led to the finished piece (the 1st part is here). There are a few steps that you didn't see on facebook...

And then you can head over to fellow artist Jean Wagner's beautiful blog and read her "how to" on happiness!

Have a lovely blooming day!

I'm looking forward to reading your feedback and title suggestions in the comments!

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Bloom with JOY! A new floral painting

Bloom with JOY! A new floral painting

Joy! mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Joy! mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Here is the first completed painting in the floral series I'm working on! I love how joyful and alive everything is in spring, so I've called the painting, very simply, "Joy!" I'm pretty much in love with that one actually... And if you want to see this painting's big sister come to life, check out my facebook page! I've started a "work in progress" project there last Saturday, which means that every day I'm posting pictures of the process and you get to ask me everything you want to know in the comments! I'd love for you to join me on this adventure!

And don't forget to leave a comment on my previous post to enter my very first giveaway! Tell us your favorite quote about love, dreams or nature and you'll get a chance to win a lovely surprise package full of homemade, vintage and artsy goodness (no, I'm not telling!!!)

Have a very JOYful week!

 A few close-ups...

Elusion: a new painting, butterflies and memories...

Elusion: a new painting, butterflies and memories...

It's been a long time since I posted a new painting, for the simple reason that I've been going through a bit of a block since the new year began. It's actually funny to think that I started the Artist's Way (a book about creativity and overcoming blocks) as part of a group reading on the first day of the year and have been blocked ever since, even though I wasn't before... I do have several paintings in progress but they are still hanging in their awkward teenage phase. Although I know by now that I need to trust this journey and be patient, it feels good to work on a painting that starts with a clear vision and just seems to naturally "emerge". There are things for which we struggle and doubt, and others that seem to manifest themselves of their own accord, as long as we show up and do the work. Things that we can't seem able to grasp, like so many elusive butterflies...

elusion : mixed media painting by Laly Mille

This painting, "Elusion", was first inspired by a friend whose beloved grandma has Alzheimers. I am very lucky to have amazing grandparents, with whom new memories are being born every time we visit, and I can't even begin to imagine the sense of loss that she must feel. Memories, loving memories are so precious and yet so fragile and intangible. The memories of our childhood, the memories of our kids' childhoods, the memories of our own awkward and passionate teenage phase... Sometimes, a smell, a color, a song or the pattern of a dress will suddenly bring us back in time for a split second, with a rush of raw emotions. These are precious gifts, little miracles. But so many others, inevitably, fly away from us, and the more we try and struggle to catch them again, the more they elude us. And we have to let them go, and to trust that life will bring many new treasured moments. My grandparents are two lovebirds who have "their song", a beautiful french song about memories being like butterflies. I have incorporated words of that song in this painting, which is dedicated to them from the bottom of my heart.

Too web or not too web

 Too web or not too web

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You might remember that last summer I attended a fiber arts workshop (Sacred White) at one of my favorite museums, the Musée Jean-Lurçat in Angers (France). Well, last week I had the great pleasure of doing it again! These workshops are always centered around the current exhibition, and this time it was about the 10th international triennial exhibition of mini-textiles. This exhibition is always so amazing, so varied and original. If you come to the Loire Valley before the end of May, you should definitely stop by!

Here are a few words about the exhibition, borrowed from the museum's website (what? me, lazy?...)

"For the 7th consecutive edition in Angers, the Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine is organizing and hosting the 10th international triennial exhibition of mini-textiles. This year’s theme, proposed by Pierre Daquin is: “Too web or not to web”. For over fifteen years, the city of Angers and its contemporary tapestry museum have been home to this eagerly-awaited gathering between contemporary textile creation and the public. Each artist presents a work that is made by using thread or another similar material. The work’s dimensions should not be greater than 12 x 12 x 12 cm (in surface or volume). The small format marries talent and diversity: the triennial attracts established and emerging artists and is a place where the young and not-so-young rub shoulders." (source: http://musees.angers.fr/langues-etrangeres/english/the-exhibitions/10th-international-triennial-of-mini-textiles/index.html)

(NB: 12 cm is approximately 4,7")

Reel detail by Laly Mille
Reel detail by Laly Mille

So, in the museum's little studio, we each started working on our own little weaving loom! The theme of the exhibition is a play on the word "web" (textile and internet) so we were supposed to keep this in mind as well as the "minitextile" format. I don't know why, but I instantly felt that my textile's look should be the opposite of "technological". I didn't want it to be smooth or geometrical. On the contrary, I needed it to feel natural, with contrasted textures and colors reminiscent of moss, bark, grass, feathers and sea mist... I needed it to feel messy, soft and rugged, like life is, something you couldn't help touching... I needed it to feel the opposite of virtual, I needed it to feel REAL.

Reel detail by Laly Mille
Reel detail by Laly Mille

Then, when I took it off the loom, I started to stroke it and twist it. I decided it shouldn't remain flat and ultimately I gave it a curved shape, like a nest. And then it needed to hold something inside it, some sort of egg... I was still thinking about our assigned theme, about virtual vs. real, about how the web affects our real lives.

I looked up the word "real" ("réel" in French) on Wikipedia and there, in front of my computer, I thought: "So this is 'real'... oh but at the same time it's not, because I'm reading it on my computer screen, so it's a virtual thing too... this is fun!" So I decided to push it a bit further: I printed the text (on a real sheet of paper, with real ink) then cut it into strips that I glued to one another so that it became a really long strip (deconstruction / reconstruction of reality??). I rolled it and locked it into a little clear, smooth, not-so-natural plastic bubble... There is my egg! Its round shape could figure the Earth, and I wrapped some wired string around it (connections? prison?...)

Reel detail by Laly Mille

It's funny how the first part of the work was very intuitive and the second part weirdly intellectual... But after all, on Wikipedia, the last word of the definition of the word "réel" is... "psychose" (psychosis)! So I guess in some way it makes sense...

Reel detail by Laly Mille

Blog circle: The Xmas Robin

Blog circle: The Xmas Robin

t's blog circle time again! This month's theme is "December reflections" and will take you on a journey through traditions, resolutions, endings and beginnings, and probably many other holiday inspired reflections...

For my part, I would like to share one of the things that always make me smile around Xmas : the robin! To me, the first sight of this beautiful little bird in my garden really awakens the holiday spirit. I often spot it for the first time at the end of November, when many other birds are gone and the trees are almost bare: this little touch of red hopping around the garden instantly makes me feel happy and "Christmassy"!

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The robin's Xmas carol © 2010 Laly Mille mixed media painting on canvas

I lived in Ireland for some time and it is there that I learnt to make a wish if I saw a robin at Xmas, which I often do! The memory of these years in Ireland will always be very dear to me, and the robin always brings back this Irish "feel" too...

Here is a little poem that inspired one of my very first paintings, one of my first attempts at mixed media, and I vividly remember the sense of wonder, discovery and fun that I experienced while painting it:

"A little robin sweetly singing

Came to my window on a Christmas day

And from his little throat came ringing

A most melodious lay."

So, if you see a robin on Christmas day, don't forget to make a wish!

Next blog in the circle is Rainbow Light Angels" by Nancy Lennon. If it's not online yet, please check back a little later, it will be posted very soon!

Taking flight

Taking flight

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Taking flight © 2012 Laly Mille 50 x 65 cm - 19,7" x 25,6" Mixed media painting on canvas

A new painting today!

The title is a little tribute to the first mixed media book I ever bought ("Taking flight" by Kelly Rae Roberts), you could call it life-changing!

This one was a bit of a challenge as it turned out very different from what I had planned originally. You see, last year around Xmas I had painted this angel. And lately I really felt like painting another one.

I had started a background and roughly sketched a face...

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 But eventually the two didn't seem to work together. Still, I kept working on the face, hoping that at some point it would "fit":

Laly Mille
Laly Mille

But it didn't. Of course that was really frustrating! But then I had to make a decision... and so the angel had to go. Well, not completely. You can't "see" it in the painting now, but I like to think that it's still there, hidden, invisible, but none the less present "backstage", like real angels are...

Taking Flight detail by Laly Mille

Here are a few close-ups to give you a better feel of the colors and texture.

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Spread your wings and take flight!

Taking Flight detail by Laly Mille

Sacred wishes

Sacred wishes

Sacred wishes

Hi everyone!

Last week felt like I needed to take a step back and get off the computer a bit. I really needed some quiet meditative time, which for me meant... plaster time!

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

Oh! the bliss of those immaculate white strips of plaster gauze... Gently soaking them into warm water, smoothing them with my fingers and watching the magic happen is sooo relaxing. I never had a manicure (don't tell!) but I'm sure it doesn't get much better than this! And I just love the natural feel of plaster, the texture of the overlapping strips, the stray bits of thread here and there that I surely wouldn't want to trim, the amazing way oil pastels pick up the texture! The whole process is so relaxing, my mind just goes blank and all I have to do is enjoy...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

So anyway, what did I end up with?... Well, the holiday spirit is definitely kicking in and I felt like doing something about wishes... This is a season when we feel that, very soon, light is about to take over darkness again. And the little girl within me feels that this is a sacred time when anything is possible, a time for hope and wishes...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

So I made these little "wish-holder" sculptures. Their shape is reminiscent of a kimono or a sacred robe, and inside their "chest" is a heart. They are meant as a daily reminder of our own sacredness, our own divinity and our heart's deepest wishes.

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

A little label holder at the bottom will hold wishes, and as always, I incorporated a real little 4 leaf clover in each one for extra good luck! There are different kinds of hearts too : some are made of silver birch bark, another is polymer clay, and my favorite is a heart shaped dried leaf that I found on the street... I just love love love the result! How simple and peaceful and hopeful they look...

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND MAKE A WISH!

Sacred Wishes by Laly Mille

Imperfect

Imperfect

Imperfect: Mixed media assemblage on wood and plaster

Here is another little winged key! (read more about this assemblage series here!) This tiny one had been lying around my ephemerae drawer with its mismatched wings for quite a while, waiting for a suitable frame or container, waiting for other objects to "adopt" it, waiting for a "perfect fit"...

But, not surprisingly, something much more interesting than "perfect" was waiting around the corner! As I was clearing my garage/studio for the winter last night, I found this old wooden meter that I had completely forgotten about. And there it was...

Imperfect, mixed media, assemblage sur plâtre et cadre en bois © 2012 Laly Mille
Imperfect, mixed media, assemblage sur plâtre et cadre en bois © 2012 Laly Mille

I have named this piece "Imperfect": it is made of bits and pieces, just as any life is, and speaks of uniqueness. It whispers that we do not have to "measure" everything about ourselves, our lives, our bodies, our jobs... It is about daring to fly away from "standards" and acknowledging our own unique, beautiful, precious, imperfect self.

Compassion, a mixed media painting comes to life

Compassion, a mixed media painting comes to life

Compassion: Mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Compassion: Mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

The inspiration for this painting comes from the amazing experience of finding a group of like-minded women and artists through Kelly Rae Roberts' "Flying Lessons" e-course: within this group we create a safe and supportive environment for each other, where we can share anything from technical tips and everyday worries and joys to the most difficult struggles, fears and experiences (many have yet to recover from hurricane Sandy). Although this is a "virtual" place, it enables us to connect in a very real way across the planet, and to truly practice what Brené Brown speaks of in "The Gifts of Imperfection" (I can't recommend that book enough!). These gifts are Courage, Compassion and Connection. They mean that we can share our most authentic selves, our whole hearts, and truly be seen, heard and valued for who we are, where we are in our lives, without judgement of any kind.

Compassion detail by Laly Mille

This new painting is the result of the "work in progress" project that has been ongoing on my Facebook page for the past 3 weeks! I really want to thank all those of you who have followed this process day after day and participated with your comments! Below are all the different steps again, from the blank canvas to the finished piece.

The words "Coeurage", "Compassion" and "Connection" are written on the painting. I like that they all begin with the letter C, which reminds me of the moon crescent. So for the text on the 2 characters' faces I used en enlargement of a dictionary page with the definition and origin of that letter.

Little winged mysteries...

Little winged mysteries...

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It's been a while since I didn't post any addition to my "winged keys" assemblage series. Here is the latest one, "Hypothesis", and a little flashback to all the previous ones (links are included if you feel like reading their various stories).

What I love most about the art of assemblage, is that something is born out of chaos and randomness. Bits and pieces of this and that, found objects and discarded materials suddenly seem drawn to one another in a very unpredictable way, until something emerges that somehow makes sense. I don't really think about the "meaning" of a piece while creating it, but once I take a step back from the almost finished artwork, thoughts and words come to mind which make it complete. And in the same way, if life sometimes seem full of chaos and randomness, maybe by trusting our intuition we can put it all together in a way that works for us, our very own "hypothesis"...

Art, if necessary by Laly Mille
Art, if necessary by Laly Mille

"Art, if necessary" was the first of the series (although I didn't know at the time that I would be making several others). It has the basic elements that have been consistent through the series : a plaster "container", a vintage key, wings, white and natural tones.

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Other

"Other" was the second one in the series, this time with the wings of a bird (a vintage print) and a cage as the container.

Life, still
Life, still

"Life, still" was first inspired by this beautiful prune-tree branch that I found in my garden. It speaks of fragility and the passing of time, and of the way art can keep some precious things alive that would otherwise be forgotten...

Within the lovely chaos of my drawers, I still have many keys, wings and orphaned objects awaiting their turn. I might be sharing them here soon...

Refuge

Refuge

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the noises of the world, by our own fears, our own expectations, the way time seems to fly and slip between our fingers. Sometimes we feel the need to retreat within ourselves, within a place of silence and solitude, within our souls. There we can breathe. There we can listen to the wind carrying our true voice, our true dreams, and simply be. In this sacred, secret place, we gather strength and understanding before diving into the flow of life again.

Refuge, mixed media painting, © 2012 Laly Mille
Refuge, mixed media painting, © 2012 Laly Mille
Refuge, mixed media painting, © 2012 Laly Mille
Refuge, mixed media painting, © 2012 Laly Mille

There's really something magical about painting a face. I only use a model in the early stages, to get an idea of the shadows etc. But I never try to make it look like the model, on the contrary. What I like most is to let the face emerge, its emotions, its personality, until it comes to life...

Touch the dream

Touch the dream

Touch the dream : mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Touch the dream : mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

A little while ago, I was giving you a few glimpses of a work in progress. And here it is! It is like a sister-painting to my Miss Marianne piece, and I suspect I'm not done yet with these austenian girls and their windows...

This one is based on the character of Anne Elliot, from Jane Austen's novel "Persuasion": as a young girl she was persuaded not to follow her heart, her dream, not to take risks and to conform to her family's and society's expectations. Years later, she finally finds the strength to fight for her dream and make it come true, no matter what people may think! So, in the painting she is looking through the window at this dream that seemed inaccessible before, and it starts to bloom under her fingers...

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

I love to incorporate a sort of "lexical field" into my painting, clues that are more or less hidden and that, put together, tell a story. They invite the viewer to linger and dive further into the picture. For instance, the window is made from actual pages from the book, and as in Miss Marianne, you can see Jane Austen's handwriting on the character's skin, as if the writer were breathing life into her through her words. Also, in the novel, Anne's destiny is accomplished while she is in the city of Bath, so behind the window there is a vintage map of Bath. You almost can't see it, but it's there and that's what matters. The painting is pretty big (my biggest one yet), so here are a few details that you could see if you were looking at it "for real".

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

For the title, I asked the girls in the e-course I'm currently taking for help. They had a little brainstorming and came up with such inspiring ideas! "Touch the dream" ended up being my favorite one (thank you Dawn!). It really says that her dream is becoming real, tangible, and that she is reaching for it.

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

Sacred white

Sacred white

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Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille

Last week-end I had the great luck to take part in a fiber arts workshop at the Jean Lurçat Contemporary Tapestry Museum in Angers (thank you mummy!). The current exhibition is a tribute to Thomas Gleb entitled "Sacred white!". Featuring about 50 contemporary artists, the exhibition focuses on the themes of the colour white and the sacred.

Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille

This workshop allowed us to freely explore this theme through fiber sculpture and assemblage. Every morning for 3 days our little group of 14 women and 2 little girls gathered in the museum and started with a commented tour of a selection of pieces from the exhibition. Then we settled in the museum's little fiber arts studio, fumbled for inspiring bits of white fabric in big brown boxes and let our imagination take flight!

Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille

I ended up creating this piece called "Overflow" out of various recycled bits and pieces (an old crocheted doily, a piece of curtain, wool, plaster and a plastic bag!). I hope you like it! I had a really good time and can't recommend these workshops enough!

Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille
Overflow, plaster and fiber mixed media sculpture, © 2012 Laly Mille

New territory

New territory

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This new piece is very relevant to my journey these days : I walk this new territory with my two bare feet firmly on the ground and my head towards the windy sky. There is no visible path because I have to make my own. This is not a high mountain, but rather a wide hill that requires me to climb one little step after another, to endure, to hold fast against the wind, knowing that it will take time, and enjoying it all. Although it is a solitary journey for now, I can see like-minded souls flying and struggling and playing in the same windy sky, and I hope we will meet along the way...