Wendy Ellertson Studio
About The Artist
Mixed Media • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I am a visual storyteller who works in the interstices between media. My art urges patrons to listen to each other, to the world, to their own creative spirit, and to regard life as an adventure to be savored. My visual language is largely expressed through mixed media sculpture with various leathers as a mainstay. I wet-form, dye, and hand stitch over wire armatures, bringing the forms to life with intricate beading, patina, and additional materials chosen for the stories they hold.
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Starting with a general concept of a creature or figure, I make a three dimensional wire armature, often placing stones inside or incorporating as a snout...thinking of the stories those stones hold. The armature is then covered with polyester stuffing held in place with thread, then covered with hand stitched muslin. Then comes the sculpted leather covering, wings, claws and occasionally old textiles or other items are incorporated. Finally colorful patina can be added as well as extensive hand beading. ... Their personalities emerge, and a name and legend is given.