Sometimes I have no idea the source of my inspiration — not so this time.
In the way of the web (meaning I don’t remember how I got there), I ended up at artist Michael Demeng’s site, Assemblog. As I looked for more of Mr. Demeng’s work, I discovered an old listing for a workshop (by Demeng) on altered paint brushes. I was inspired.
Another thing that inspired me? Mr. Demeng uses a lot of motion in his pieces — crank and pulley fun. I had to give it a shot.
The face and the hummingbird are both sculpted from polymer clay. For an idea on scale, the push-rod ends (the thingies that hold the wooden thingie (with the hummingbird on it) to the metal crank thingie) are the hands of a watch. The “tattoo” design is a combination of glass microbeads and screws from old watches.
The whipping on the brush was an old piece of leather cord I had from… um, I have no idea where it came from. Wait. What? No, I meant it’s been in my stash for a long time. And that’s all I meant.
And, this week, for a better idea of scale, you can watch the video of the movement. It may seem simple, but I’m actually quite proud of the movement. I went through a lot to get there, lol (more on that later).