cold hands, warm heart

June 05, 2013

Concrete has a life of its own. Out of all the materials that I work with at the studio this media can be the most alluring and the most nerve racking. The last makers workshop in May was the concrete hands.  It was a 2 part workshop where the makers came on night 1 and set the molds, mixed the concrete, added the colouring and cast their pieces. The trick to working with concrete is getting it to the right consistency, and for this project we wanted it to be a little on the dryer side so the material would pack well and stay in the small fingers and crevices. Check out our DIY tutorial for the concrete hands CLICK HERE
 Sushi and other treats were on the menu that night.
Night 2 took place 5 days later to give the pieces lots of time to cure.  There was a few intense surgical moments, a few snaps of latex, but thankfully no broken fingers!
My youngest pointed out to me as I explained how relieved and proud I was of the makers and their accomplishments with the project, that I have yet to complete this project without my hand giving me the finger :(  I think it has to do with the fine new tools they got to work with coupled with their natural creative skills.
Concrete surgery at its finest.
This stage of the process was a lesson in patience and perseverance, and strong fingers which the makers all passed with flying colours.
Once all the rubber and duct tape was removed, a coating of concrete acrylic sealer was applied by brush and then they had a well deserved break.
The pieces needed a day or two to dry so no planting was done.  I'm hoping that when they do they will send me some pics of the finished master piece so I can show them off in a future post!  Hint, Hint, send me pics!.. For now here are their enchanting sculpted pieces.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ART MADE BY OTHER PEOPLE, YOU SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE IT IN.
-Alberto Giacometti