Throw Your Dreams Into Space

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Throw Your Dreams Into Space

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This cool round piece (rare!) was inspired by the quote:

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back, a new friend, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." - Anais Nin

I love the idea of these little legs walking around the circle of a year, day after day, letting the dream-kites (attached by wires) do their work up there in the cosmos...step after step, we just need to wait and see what they might carry back from the mysterious void!

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Size:  15" diameter, 1.5" depth

Materials and technique:  Some of the technical details of this piece - the ground is a very thin wood tray that someone gave me (probably my friend Catherine, who is always watching out for boxes and forms at garage sales - thank you Catherine!).  The legs are antique doll's legs.  The starry background is from a piece of art paper I found at Paper Source, but I painted over a great deal of the original graphic to simplify the image quite a bit and let the kites shine.  The kites are made of tissue paper stretched over toothpick crosses, and then painted, and the ribbons on the kite tails are teensy tiny pieces of tissue paper that I coated in glossy medium so they wouldn't be so fragile.  

The hardest engineering feat of this piece was to figure out how to have the kites appear to be floating in space, while actually anchoring them to the background so they wouldn't float around and break off...  and then how to get the wires to appear to be attached to the kites.  I ended up creating little foam core stands for each kites to raise them off of the background, and then inserting the end of the wire into the foam core so that it looks like it is attached to the kite.    

The sun/moon circle with the quote in it went through several iterations in this piece - I started out being very literal about wanting a moon, and ended up liking best this version which has both sun and moon qualities.  I especially like the layer of burlap peeking out at the edges - the texture is repeated in some of the stripes around the interior rim.