New Holiday Ornaments at HGA
Monday I added some new hand crafted holiday ornament designs to the selection at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Each November, we install our holiday show titled, “The Art of Giving”, when the preview show for the open studio tour comes down. I always add two or three types of original hand crafted ornaments to what I bring in. For several years now, I have created copper and pierced aluminum stars and hearts, and some small snow fairy figures. Recently, I have found myself drawn to working more and more paper and text into the creation of my art doll figure sculptures, so I decided to create some new papier-mâché holiday ornaments this year.
Paper Penguin Ornament
The first papier-mâché holiday ornament I designed is this penguin who appears to be singing. I start by layering recycled newspaper and office paper over a balloon with a twist in the top. After the base layers dry, I pop the balloon, and add cardboard to form the beak and wings. Patterned scrapbooking and origami papers are applied to create the surface color and patterns.,
Balloon Rider Holiday Ornament
My balloon rider ornaments are a design I came up with last year. I updated them this year and used polymer clay for the little figure sculpture. Last year I modeled the tiny balloon rider out of paperclay, but that required a wire form inside the clay figure. The polymer clay allows me to be a bit more efficient with my time. The balloon construction is the same as the penguin body.
Ball Dancer Ornament
The Ball Dancer is my third ornament design this year. It starts with a ball I create over a balloon like the other two ornaments. I sculpt a small dancing figure out of recycled corrugated cardboard or scraps from my studio foam core stash. Strips of origami and scrapbooking paper complete the surface.
HGA Holiday Show
My ornaments, art doll figure sculptures, jewelry, and the beautiful work by all 22 of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts owner/artists will be on display and available for one of a kind gift giving now through New Year’s. Join us on Friday, November 24th for the holiday show’s opening reception from 6-9pm for some decidedly non-stressed “Black Friday” holiday shopping.