Miniature Cabinets of Curiosity

The most interesting part of creating something, for me, has to be the journey of figuring out what it is. Some ideas come out fully formed and others change and morph over time so that only a semblance of where it began remains. The Society of Curious Creatures is a project that I think more and more will have an interesting life. Just when I think I may have to abandon this project, another piece of the puzzle falls into place and things start to morph and change.

Enter the mini cab. This is a miniature version of the larger cabinets I have made in the past but with a few more elements. I’ve been struggling to figure out a way to link a lot of these ideas I have about what is part of this world and starting this “mini cab” helped me figure a lot of that out. When painter’s embark upon larger works they tend to do a lot of small paint studies or drawings that will help them figure out a number of things about the larger work. This was exactly the same thing only dimensionally for me.

Process, process, process. Here it is.

The Aviary

drawing and scaling

Figuring out the door layers and the scale.

building the main cabinet

Starting to build the shape of the main part of the cabinet.

doors and box finished

Main cabinet and door completed.

some artifacts

Trying out the placement of the egg collection.

all the parts assmbled

Painted and fully assembled.

surprises within

Door has working hinges and a surprise growing within.

 

 

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Cabinets Of Curiosity Show Update

Hello all! The time is finally upon us! We are two days away from the Kaleido Festival. For those close by the festival runs for three days September 12-14 in the Alberta Avenue District from 90-94th Street.

This will be the first showing of the Curiosity Cabinets I have made tied to the Society of Curious Creatures concept I’ve been working on. I’m pretty excited. I have a few things planned to go along with this unveiling to hopefully keep the momentum going. Please follow me along on Instagram and Twitter for more info on how you can get involved.

Thought I would post some pics of the bits that make up my cabinets before they became permanently affixed. Enjoy!

 


Kaleido Show Wrap Up.

If you were in Edmonton September 12-14 for the Kaleido Festival maybe you happened by some miniature Cabinets of Curiosity that were left in random spots on the festival site to promote my work in the festival.

I certainly had fun making them AND finding places to leave them. Once found they were free to take home and I only asked that the new owner post a pic or comment on Instagram or Twitter letting me know they were found.

No one played along in the posting, but all were taken. Hopefully they have all found their way to happy homes.

Here they are as I saw them last.

Drop 1. Minimus Ave Paradisus. 2 1/2" x 3".

Drop 1. Minimus Ave Paradisus. 2 1/2″ x 3″.

 

Drop 2. Minimus Heliconius. 2 1/2" x 3".

Drop 2. Minimus Heliconius. 2 1/2″ x 3″.

 

Drop 3. Minimus Hifishcus. 2 1/2"x 3".

Drop 3. Minimus Hifishcus. 2 1/2″x 3″.

 

As for the show itself it went really great. Met a bunch of wonderful artists and got to see some great work in the Gallery and all over the site. Here are the finished cabinets as I promised a view of the finished works. If you are interested in purchasing them send me an email at info@angiesot.com.

 

Creatura Heleconius

Creatura Heliconia. 9″ x 12″.

 

Creatura Ave Paradisus. 10"x 12".

Creatura Ave Paradisus. 10″x 12″.

 

Creatura Hifishcus. 9"x 12".

Creatura Hifishcus. 9″x 12″.


The Society Of Curious Creatures

One of my goals this year has been to start showing some of my artwork. My hope is to also give some of them a home out there in the world. Not sure if anyone but me will find them interesting but that’s part of the scariness and excitement in trying this out.

Life finally lined up that I had a chunk of time off this summer. Mostly it was a much-needed recovery from the chaos of my theatre season, but it has also turned out to be the perfect time to put into action one of my creations. First to leave the gate will be The Society of Curious Creatures. The debut destination will be the Kaleido Family Arts Festival September 12-14. The festival showcases many art forms from music, dancing, theatre, craftwork and also artwork. They have two gallery spaces and I have been fortunate enough to have been selected to show my works in one of them. Yay!

‘The Society Of Curious Creatures is a fictional Society whose goals are to encourage the spread of knowledge and exploration of creatures that mainstream science has refused to acknowledge or continue research efforts towards. Many of the explorers have donated their research to the Society in hopes that an interest in these amazing and quirky beings continues. To begin, there will be a display of reproductions from the collection. In this case, Cabinets of Curiosity featuring three of the Curious Creatures within the archive.’

Here is the work in progress shots I submitted for entry. The Cabinets have come a long way from these photos and I’ll post some more complete photos as we get closer to the show date.

I also have a few surprises I’m hoping to go along with their debut. Stay tuned. 🙂

Creatura Heliconia

Creatura Heliconia

 

Creatura Hifishcus

Creatura Hifishcus

Creatura Ave Paradisus

Creatura Ave Paradisus