My Memory My chosen Autumn memory is the when my family and I were over in China for the Mid Autumn Festival. Admittedly I love all the Chinese festivals, however the Mid Autumn one is something special. With the trees in Autumn colours, and the weather just a little chilly, it's a great holiday!
The diorama depicts my family and I sitting at a picnic table with food, and right in the middle (though closer to me, haha), are some Moon Cakes ([link]) on a plate. Moon Cakes are one of the traditional Mid Autumn foods and I have to say, it's one of my favourite parts of the holiday, haha. I am the girl in the purple jacket!
I hope I captured the festival feel! I love going to night time festivals as it's dark and chilly but there are people and food everywhere, and the atmosphere is amazing. In the diorama there are people all around my family buying food, eating food, looking at stalls... and I did my best to make it seem like it was night time (because that's the best time to be at a festival!).
Hope you enjoy!!
About the Mid-Autumn Festival Not sure if many people know about the Mid Autumn Festival, but it's one of the biggest Chinese festivals. There's a legend surrounding the festival to do with the moon and the "moon lady" Chang Er ([link]) and her moon bunny, which I tried to incorporate into the diorama by putting a bunny like shape into the moon and also putting a bunny pounding a mortar and pestle in one of the stalls. Next to it is a stall selling moon cakes.
Construction Comments: I spent so much time on this thing. A few hours every day after university, and weekends too. I made it all myself! Sans the leaves I used a shaped hole punch but I still had to paint all of them. Although, I reckon I could have halved that time if I wasn't watching shows while I did it.
This was pretty painful to make, but at the same time really fun. I rarely make original content (especially to this scale) so it was really refreshing.
My friends gave me advice whenever I asked for it, and I'd like to think this diorama is so much better for that.
Construction Details: The box measures 23cm high x 23cm deep x 32cm wide.
Materials I used include Paper Magiclay (makes the whole thing very light, and it air dried so it was good), wire, foil, newspaper and sticky tape. I painted most of it using acrylic paints, but I had a spray can of enamel paint for the stalls. I also had a gold paint pen to help me with the lanterns. I also used a LOT of this clear craft glue to make it all stick together, I think I'll need a new bottle of glue.. xD
I made this within a shoebox, the added height is due to extra cardboard.
Photography: My brother generously let me use his camera for this (then again, I've been using his camera for most of my recent uploads). I don't know anything about the settings as he set them himself and then gave me the camera to use.
I suppose surgery may not be something that happens in everyone's daily life but it does happen to some more than others. I for one am terrified of surgery, though this image isn't about tomophobia but Anesthesia Awareness instead. For those of you who don't know anesthesia awareness is when a patient who is undergoing surgery dose not receive enough anesthesia. As a result the brain remains awake and the patient can feel every cut, nip and tug performed by the doctors. The body is paralyzed so the patient can't even inform the doctor of the pain they are in. It's horrible and it's real. My image is more of a worst case scenario because the doctors are intentionally trying to harm the patient.
Where did you find the inspiration for your entry?
I've always found 'fantasy' armour to be quite amusing in how unpractical is must be to wear. I thought it would be quite fun if, under all that macho bulky protection, there was a little skinny person inside. That wasn't enough for an image alone - I wanted an activity to take place - so I decided that it must get very hot in the armour, and what better way to cool down than with a swim? So the transformation here isn't really physical, but rather a transformation from one thing into something perhaps quite unexpected.
How long did it take to complete?
The painting took a fair amount of time, but what took longest was trying to come up with the idea. I'd jot down sketches onto paper, and attempt them in photoshop, but for a week or so nothing was working, until yesterday when this idea finally clicked. However, that didn't leave me very long to finish it - so it was a bit of race against the clock!
Everytime I remember the fall season I think over all the garden tasks and how it gets more complicated than it should be. Sometimes I feel inside a cartoon because all the comic situations that happens while I'm trying to keep all clean, but for some reason it is impossible. And of course my neighbor doesn't miss a thing. (she is saying “happens everytime”)
Every thing is handmade. I used cold porcelain (a kind of air dry clay),cardboard, wire, plaster, foam, acetate, acrilic paint, permanent marker, polimer resin, varnish.