A few hiccups but fish mobile finished.
I have really enjoyed making this mobile. Many moons ago I saw a Calder exhibition and fell in love with it. I mean many moons ago – probably the 70’s and I didn’t even know who he was. This is nothing like what I saw but the motivation has been there for a long time to make something that moved easily, gently with a breeze. I kind of fell in to the carving of the balsa wood – the wood has been sitting in my studio for about 10 years.
As someone said to me it is like a collage, an assemblage and I guess that’s right. The little red beads came off a bracelet, the string was purchased for gift tags, I cannot remember why I bought balsa wood 10 years ago and the finest crochet hook ever made was a tool I had in my kit that I never thought I would ever use (to drag the string through the wood).
I have one or two cuts on my fingers from the blade, lots of sneezing from the powdery dust and grit in my eyes, sanding a beautiful tail and then accidentally breaking it off (a few times) an enormous tangle in the string when I thought I was finished, my husband saying it wasn’t serious art but all that was the negatives that brought me to this humble piece that I had to make.