Inspired by my sister, Karen Tharp, I spent the first half of my week designing a paper stencil to use as a guide for my sculpture’s canopy.
The canopy will be cut out of 3/16 inch sheet metal using a plasma cutter. The metal is VERY heavy so one of my designing goals was to remove a large portion of the metal/ weight while maintaining structural integrity.
I took 3 photos of the sculpture against the brown paper background, which maps out the basic canopy shape. I then projected those images to scale onto 3 new large sheets of white newsprint.
I began painting large shapes that would defined areas of the canopy where the branches would support a chandelier of spanish moss or flourish with leafy foliage.
Once the basic shapes were identified I went back in and defined the blobs with more detailed shapes, using some abstraction of a leaf shape and lines to identify the hanging moss.
The paper was then used as a stencil. I placed the lace atop the metal sheets and spray painted over top.
I now have a guide for my cut lines. The next step is to cut out the metal using a plasma cutter.