Monday Art – Working with Fasteners and the Human body

Monday Art making paper dolls from mat board and velcro

Monday Art making paper dolls from mat board and Velcro

Monday art is a day that The Art Tree sets aside to create and try something new with the materials and supplies from the Picture Frame studio.

Mat board dolls with common fasteners for home and office are the tools used in this lesson. Two arms, two legs and a torso with head made from; black mat board, white mat board and thin package board (found in men’s shirt packages) or the back of office writing tablets.

You can see that we cut the shapes out, then used black Velcro dots for the joint areas on the black paper doll and we stitched the snaps onto the thinner cardboard, and of course the “butterfly buttons” or brads for the other paper doll.

What we discovered:

The snaps took a bit longer to align for a four year old but once the sound of the snap was heard they were ready for the next snap. Putting the body parts together was a bit of a puzzle, sometimes attaching the limbs were more fun that knowing where they actually were located on the body. Like putting a leg on the shoulder joint.

The office style “butterfly buttons” or brads were like threading a needle but once the concept was understood and finding how easy the legs and arms became movable the fun began.

We worked from the floor up to the door handle for ease of understanding snap alignment and the motion of the limbs. This is when the figure became more action oriented, decorating and identifying; eyes, nose and mouth became secondary.

What I look forward to:

Once the familiarity of the attaching and movement happen with these paper dolls, I hope to hear of their adventures. Stories would be a great follow up project for these action figures.

One of the students observed that my fabric mat board doll had muscles, the threads looked like veins. Hmm, here I thought that I was swirling around with the machine keeping things together while having fun.

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About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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