Thursday, June 16, 2011

And Finally...A Work of Art is Born.

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After all the crafting sessions were done, I was left with the task of bringing all the materials together into a cohesive display for the school's expo. Here's a photo of the completed display and, as you can tell, it's pretty impressive. The leaves, the flowers, the title board -- everything the students made with me-- have all been incorporated into the final design. The design follows the general outline I created graphically very closely but it was still not a piece of cake. The photos I took of the students at work with the seniors had to be reprinted at a smaller size in order for them to fit without overwhelming the display and to allow room for the needlework headbands and bracelets and some student writing samples. I was even able to incorporate some butterflies the students decorated. I had given them foam butterflies and a full color brochure containing images of Kenya's butterflies to use as a source of inspiration. You can see the butterflies in the four corners of the display as well as fluttering across a sunset sky and up across a wall.

The installation of the display took all day -- not because there was so much to do ( it was all done at home) --  but because I couldn't get the maintenance crew to spare five minutes and a ladder to drive two nails. I waited three and a half hours until finally the teacher's husband who had come to lend his support decided to take matters into his own hands and scared up two nails, a hammer and a ladder. It took five minutes to mount and three and a half hours to wait for the proper materials. There's gotta be a better way.

The expo is a large, annual event that involves the entire school and every student in it. I'll post photos of the expo in a future post.

Ballo ergo sum
- Gitana, the Creative Diva
Design team member for About Art Accents

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