Nautilus Wearable Art Design
I created another wearable art piece for the ManneqArt Sculpture on the Human Form competition. My first wearable art piece, Snowy Owl, can be seen here. They had four categories to choose from…Earth, Air, Water and Fire…I choose water. And yes, that is me modeling my design.
My inspiration was drawn from the graceful deep sea jellyfish and all of its beautiful, vibrant colors combined with the steam punk mechanics of the Nautilus submarine from 20000 Leagues under the sea. I used hard and soft textures and incorporating unconventional materials into my work.
I bought fabric, designed the pattern and sewed the entire costume. I created all of the hardware accents from craft foam and acrylic painting techniques. I reused household items such as coat hangers, fruit cups, clothes pins, snack lids, bubble wrap and old clock parts. I added LED lights to the dome of the jellyfish to breathe life into my design.
I cut the propeller shape from craft foam and ironed it to create the curved shape. I also used an apple sauce lid for the center of the propeller
I made the breastplate from craft foam and a takeout ice cream lid.
The jellyfish headpiece is made from molding metal coat hangers.
I painted bubble wrap to give her suction cup tentacles.
Here she is at the Mall in Columbia. She was displayed by the fountain on the main level along with 15 other wearable art pieces. I modeled my piece t the ManneqArt awards gala in Columbia Maryland. It was fun being a mechanical sea creature.