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Lost Parts – a work in progress

May 9, 2011

I am submitting two small-scale ‘installations’ for Co/Mix in glass and textiles. This post deals with the first installation, which all began with my collection of found doll parts. These were rescued from the pavement, forest, people’s gardens, bins or beaches over the last few years.

Part one of the installation consists of doll arms and legs, cast in lead crystal glass, as a series of ‘emergencies’, lying on small rescue stretchers which will be hand stitched. The narrative theme has its humour but also deals with some more serious issues as one digs deeper. The pics below are two early sketches of the concept.


The process of  molding and lost-wax casting the dolls appendages in glass is ridiculously long, messy, technical, and risky. Below you can see progress so far – up to the stage where they came out of the kiln. It was thankfully a very good firing. I’m not finished though – there are many hours of grinding, polishing and filing to do still. Not to mention making the ‘settings’.


Part two consists of a series of framed, textured illustrations in crochet and felt describing the ‘situations’ of lost doll parts from their point of view. I have completed the crochet backdrops but still have to embroider the images, which is where the work – and the fun – lies.


I am prioritising art making this week with 3 whole afternoons booked at the glass studio and a weekend coming for stitching. So it was important to post tonight as everything you see above is about to go much further.

Mrs. Woo

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 11:13 am

    Wow! Great to see these happening! 🙂 x

  2. May 12, 2011 7:39 pm

    These are going to look FANTASTIC when they are done. I love how evocative the bits of limbs are. *Respect* for doing this technically demanding process – lost wax is no joke!

  3. May 19, 2011 1:26 pm

    Great idea, the result will be smashing I’m sure!

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