Continued from Rabbitat – Part 1 (driftwood house)
Back in December, when I started making this new piece, I had no definite plan, but knew that the scene would include topiary of some kind. I had so much fun using animal shaped topiary in the Molly my sister and I rhyme illustration in Pocketful of Posies that I wanted to make more.
Molly My Sister and I, from "Pocketful of Posies" 2010
I thought about animals with distinctive forms that could be identified easily and envisioned a rounded, contained rabbit with ears poking upward. I cut separate parts out of dark green felt and started embroidering branches and leaves. The eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers are wire wrapped with embroidery floss. I also sewed wire along the scalloped outside edge, so that the pieces could be bent and shaped. Two glass leaf beads make the eyes.
The body, head and limbs are all constructed separately and stuffed on the back to raise them up.
While I was working on the topiary, I decided that rabbits rather than people would live in the driftwood house and started constructing a rabbit family.
I also decided to turn the scene into a vertical picture and enlarged the dimensions enough to create a yard in front. Since this is not an illustration with size and type placement specifications, I was free to change things around as I went along.
This is how the rabbit topiary looks in the finished piece.
To be continued.
Here are some opportunities to see the original picture:
Rabbitat will be hung in my show at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont from July 15, 2011 to March, 2012.
Rabbitat will also appear at this reception before traveling to Vermont:
Woods Hole Public Library, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Sunday, July 10th 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Reception to celebrate the Golden Kite Award for Pocketful of Posies. Original illustrations from the book will be displayed and Salley will give a brief talk. A short film about the making of her newest piece, Rabbitat, will be shown. See the film here.