Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Through the Roof!

Things are happening in the roofing dept in Halfland, happy to say. The second panel is done thanks to Cirelle and all we need do is plant the crepe paper grass on its dirt patch.

I took some time to add a few roots growing through the rafters into the kitchen so that Rana could reach up and break off a bit to throw into her soup pot. Why? Because....
During the heavy rains here a few weeks back a few parts of our ceiling fell down. Above you see our wonderful handiman, Damian, halfway (HA!) through patching a hole over my desk. When I saw what was underneath the ceiling layer, the lath and plaster layer, with its visible rafters, I had the idea to make a similar hole over Rana's kitchen so that roots growing on the top could be part of her dinner.

I loved the idea of a damage-caused skylight in there and how it alludes to a bit of the cottage construction. Cirelle shaped the hole by copying the one over our bed and I used broken shims and iron tacks to make the patch.

The real fun started when Constance brought me a special order root from her garden to use as the start of the detail. It was the most perfect root for this. It was fully dead and so very rugged and didn't require any preserving, the structure was exactly the size and shape I was after, etc. It's so nice to have a bevvy nature devas to work for me! Brava!

For the earth over the open patch, I painted large clumps of upholstery foam brown and then hit them with matte medium and dirt. This gave me plenty of flexible dirt pieces that wouldn't fall through the cracks in the rafters, yet would look like natural soil when seen from below. This technique is a keeper. Word.

Once the roots were in place and trimmed a bit, I painted on a top coating of matte medium to strengthen them further.

I love what they add to her home. And you can begin to feel how the cottage will feel with its roof fully installed; safe, quiet, nurturing. A place with great soup simmering, and a blanket for your legs as you sew by the fire.


  1. Anonymous9:34 AM

    The roof is looking great!!


  2. YES! Thanks so much for your help with that, Yuji! It all easily comes apart for filming inside.

  3. This really looks awesome! The symmetry of the setting is broken down a bit now so it perfectly fits to the organically grown world of Halfland. – And this natural materials add their own "Karma" (?) to your world. (Well, Karma sounds a bit like a tree hugging hippie thing, but everything has a story, no matter how long it is, I guess...)

  4. Really nice! It seams that every detail in Halfland has a story to tell. And there are so many details... that's a lot of stories!

  5. Hi, Jessica! (partner in crime) You saw the set as having symmetry before? Huh. ok. Hooooopefully, the finished set will strike a nice balance of half natural and half "civilized". That's what I'm after, half "grown", with the other half how were used to seeing it human constructed.

    I'd love to know more what you meant above about everything having a (karma) story? Sounds interesting!

    Hi Jon! Boy, you're not kidding! So many stories. Hoping that the effect will be as though someone is really leading their life in the cottage. A real-feeling life over many many years.

  6. another geat detail for halfland! I want one in my kitchen. ha.

  7. Sorry, that was misleading. When I said symmetry I meant something like ... er... Not sure, how to describe it. There was a big White Space over the cupboard before, and this was asymmetrically broken down by adding the roots, which suits the kitchen well. (Does that make sense?)

    I mean, that's what so special about Halfland: the richness, and the organically grown (≠ symmetrical) world of it. And it's stuffed, but in good way – so I think the root add a perfect detail here.

    "Karma" as I used it could be translated Jon said: everything has its own story, no matter how long it is. Older things have a longer story to tell, and younger things a shorter one. And the roots for example tell a story of growth and of the plant they once belonged to... I love how all the stories come together to tell a new one called Halfland...

  8. I love this idea of the roots for Rana to cook with, and I love the way it came together. Too bad you had a mess in your home, but great for Halfland.

  9. Oh! I see, Jessica. Wonderful, thank you. yes, 1/2L. does have a long story to tell... :)

    Yep, using everything that fits for this, Marcie! xxoxo

  10. Freakin awesomeness.

    I love when real life infects your art. It just feels so much more RICH.

    rock and roll lady!


  11. Thanks, Justin! Yep. I'm buggin'

  12. Your miniatures are so great I have become one of your followers. I also make miniatures. Please visit my blog.

  13. Welcome here, Kathy! It's wonderful to have you watching.

    Your miniatures are remarkable, especially since you had to relearn how to make them after a stroke! My God! Brava! to you for being so heroic and brave.

    I'll be watching what you do...


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