Fallen

Fallen by Heather Miller | WhiteRosesArt.com
Fallen is an abstract sculpture  by Heather Miller

Title: Fallen
Price: $100.00
Year: 2016
Size: 15″ x 18″ (approx)

Fallen was created using yarn, a variety of beads and embellishments, polymer clay, Paperclay, acrylic paint, and adhesive.


The Story:

Fallen started out with a simple plan.  I had some scrap polymer clay to use up and I wanted to reduce the amount of beads I had on hand.  My plan for the polymer clay was close, originally the ‘branches’ were supposed to be black, like the pools created by cooled lava at the beach.  I was going to fill the areas between the blackened polymer clay with beads set it resin.  Clearly, this did not go to plan.

Why? After carving & backing the polymer clay, something caused me to paint it more tree-like.  I don’t remember what now.  I carved out the moss & shelf mushrooms with Paperclay and painted them.  I filled the pond-like area with the blue beads.  So far, so good.  Then I took all my green beads & scattered them on to the green section.  That brought things to a screeching halt.  I did not have nearly as many beads as I thought I had.  Not by a long shot.  I had to rethink this so I set it aside for a long time.

After I finished Deep Forest I had green yarn left over.  I decided to try to see if I could use the yarn to ‘paint’ with.  I really liked the way that turned out.  That section became the basis for the rest of the piece, for better or worse.  I found some coral colored beads for the orange section.  I stuck to my plan for that and just glued them similarly to the blue section.  I immediately regretted that.  From this point Fallen was a struggle as I messed up my plan and had a very hard time coming to grips with how to proceed.  When all was said and done, I ended up cutting out two of the sections.  I spent countless hours searching for the right colors to use, the right yarn (painting with yarn is not that easy & choosing the right kind of yarn is vital).  I honestly doubted this piece would ever be completed.  It was supposed to be a simple piece, it turned out to be very complex and time-consuming.

The name Fallen comes from the concept that a ‘prehistorically large’ tree has fallen.  The branches have divided the land well enough that each segment became home to a specific color variation of foliage.

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