Finalization & Process

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 in Final, Home Stretch

The body has an interesting way of projecting anxiety. I’ve been having bizarro dreams melding this final project with my previous core project; I suppose this is what I get for imbalanced meals and erratic sleep routines. This DIVA project is a nice break from having emerged myself  in the world of wood slivers and corporate stains. I’m now a home body, trying to get this thing done.

My final project will capture the notion of sleep as a fleeting experience. I’m creating molds of the sleeping body with bed sheets, representing the shell of the unconscious, transient body. The absence of the physical body suggests the absence of the mental body. Ideally, I would like to make three but I think two maybe the only feasible result due to drying time.


(While I was shaking out the wrinkles from the bed sheets, it reminded me of ghosts made from bed sheets. Seeing as how they will be empty shells of a sleeper, a ghosty being seems fitting.)

I did some quick tests to see which fabric stiffener would best suit my project. I tested acrylic medium, Stiffy Stuff, and Paverpol.  Acylic medium proved to be too crackly, and the stiffy stuff was nice but would better suit doilies made into bowls. I was fortunate to obtain some Paverpol from a friend who was returning from Victoria; otherwise, I would have to venture out to Courtney or Steveston. Paverpol is specifically made as a fabric stiffener for sculptures; it’s water proof when dry, and doesn’t crack.


Making the body for the fabric to conform to was easier than I thought. I was thinking of asking a friend to be a model for a day, and cover them with plastic, then the  gluey fabric. This seemed too demanding, so I just stuffed my painters coveralls and tried to my best ability to mimick my sleeping position. The headless form was verging on creepy, I must admit.


Crossing my fingers now.


  1. Dana
    April 14, 2009

    Nicole this is going to be soooo cool!! I can’t wait to see how it turned out! What a fantastic idea!

  2. maksiba
    April 18, 2009

    hey I don’t know how much stiffening you will be doing in the future, but if you do, test out sugar water(you dilute a whack of sugar in hot water-make a syrup basically- more sugar=more stiff)or starch-same idea. It would beat getting a bucket of something from somewhere far.

    • hibernationalist
      April 21, 2009

      Thanks for the tip. I’d like to experiment more with stiffening fabrics, and I’ll definitely give the sugar water a try.


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