7.01.2009

Dorian Gray - Beginnings of a Room

To start off my box-set, I pulled six vinyl tiles from a box I had laying around. They look like granite so I thought they'd make a nice basis for a Victorian room. I stuck them to a big piece of foam core, then cut each one out. My box will be 12"x12"x12".
In the novel, this room is sort of like Mrs. Havershams place in Great Expectations, worn and weathered, dusty, old, and unkempt. Sparse of furniture, not visited by house guests or servants, which is why Dorian decides to hide away his portrait here. If you are unfamiliar with the story, it features a young man known for his beauty. When he has his portrait painted, he becomes struck by his own good looks, and his sudden mortality. He will grow old while the portrait will remain young and beautiful forever. He says that he would give his soul for it to be the other way around, and so it is. As he ages, he remains handsome and spry while his portrait becomes bent, withered, and corrupted, reflecting his soul, and eventual madness.
The room contains a table and chair, a trunk, mantle, and bookcase, a rug, a tapestry, and the portrait hidden behind a curtain. I got to work on the rug first, googled some patterns for a round rug until I found one that I liked. Then I tweaked it in photoshop, printed it out, and transferred it to a screen (embroidery hoop and nylon mesh).

Once I had blocked out the negative space with some glue, I printed the pattern in gold onto a piece of suede scrap mat that I had cut to size. The mat is a bit bright, but I knew I would be weathering it, staining it (probably with coffee), so I went a bit brighter that I wanted the finished product to be.

Next I added a little fringe to the edge using some yarn out of my "fabric drawer" (Ive done some serious organizing lately, trying to clean up shop to get ready for baby-proofing, but that is a post for another day :)

I also tweaked some store-bought wood items to make the table, bookcase, and mantle. Today I stain the wood items and weather the rug.

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