There are moments where a perfectly dreadful day can turn around and become the most exciting evening ever. Yesterday I woke up with the a horrendous sinus infection, emptying a box of tissues before breakfast, and I had appointments and running around to do all morning. All of that changed when Ian came home early for work at 5pm because of ice and snow. The first thing out of his mouth after opening the door was "Wanna build some ice sculptures?" and off he raced to take off his uniform and gather supplies.
This is all because of this Youtube video he saw of some MIT students spraying water on fabric to make these ghostly luminous sculptures in the snow after dark.
Who wouldn't want to make these? We raided my studio for fabric coming up with part of an old bed sheet and a couple of yards of muslin. We didn't have any wire or hula hoops to make armatures but we had kite string! So we rigged up some lines of kite string around our back porch supports and draped the fabric over it. Ian also used some rusty knitting needles I scavenged to stake the fabric into the ground.
After we had the fabric all set up we took two spray bottles of water and sprayed a few layers of water on the fabric. In the beginning the fabric was wrinkled and moving in the wind but by the end everything was hanging straight as a board. By this time Bea and Ginger wanted to be outside helping us. Bea was having fun making foot prints in the dusting of snow and experimenting with ducking her head under our lines of kite string.
We left them out to freeze over night. Ian took some pictures of them in the morning. But by lunch time the sun had melted them till they were all puddles of fabric in the yard. It doesn't stay cold for very long in Missouri. At least not this winter.
There is more experimenting and ice/fabric sculptures to come! We learned a lot doing this. The first is that bunching of fabric over the strings wasn't allowing the water to penetrate the fabric and freeze it. Ian thinks that we would be more successful working with smaller pieces of fabric, where as I want to work with larger. Either way, I think a little planning for the fabric choices and armatures is necessary. Another thing is creating successful shapes. My white sculpture was less successful because it was too flimsy to support itself through a bunch of undulations.
In the future, prepare to see us using dyes on our sculptures! Plus more interesting free form shapes!
After all our little creative adventure was over, we went inside for home made sushi. Granted we had not raw fish but Ian made tamago, a Japanese omlette, and I chopped up cucumbers, an avacado, and some fake crab. We ran out of the large sushi nori sheets so we were eating our sushi on little pieces of Korean seaweed that we keep for snacks. It was scrumptious! But in no way does it compare to the sushi in Japan. My eyes tear up thinking about seared scallop nigiri. Now Bea is always bugging me to crack some eggs to make 'mago. She's turning into quite the cook.