Blogpost and Artwork by Natalie Parish - Bagend Studio, QLD
Thank goodness there is a second new year to celebrate in the world as I find I am always a little slow off the start in January. At our craft shows in 2019, a reoccurring request was for a Dragon Project. Dragons, a symbol of raw, untameable, ancient, energy also symbolises wisdom, strength, power and knowledge. An interesting symbol to our country’s troubled start to 2020.
According to Chinese legend, in the middle of winter, due to a scarcity of food, Nian the Dragon would come out of his mountain hiding and feed on the people and animals in the villages. Scared, the villagers hid indoors at night, leaving food on their doorsteps lit by red lanterns in the hope the dragon would be satisfied, and lives would be spared. However, a wise man discovered that Nian was afraid of the colour red and loud noises. With this knowledge, the Chinese villagers could take back the night by setting off firecrackers, banging on drum, parading down their streets in bright red colours and chasing off Nian with their own dragon dancers.
In my dragon I wanted to emulate the movement of the Dragon dancers through an exaggerated wave in front piece by using my Stone Art Pillar techniques. I have also used oriental colours of red (vitality), gold (wealth) and black (to balance oppositional forces with a grounded) to herald in the new year and energize the commitment to those New Year Resolutions.
STEP 2 – Seal the Back of the Boards
STEP 3 -Make Stone Art
STEP 4 – Join Bottom Layer with stone art & tape
STEP 5 – Seal Top Layer & Face Front
STEP 6 – Make 3D Flex Paste & Clay
Congratulations you’re finished!
Where will you hang your dragon to bring you prosperity in 2020
A dragon’s energy is perfect for an office space but place it behind your desk to support you and not in front of you in opposition. If this position is lucky enough to be an eastern wall, even better as both dragons and the element of wood are represented. If your piece will live outside garden/courtyard then remember that Dragons love water, so maybe near a water feature. Or guardian on your front door.
See you next month for some March Magic.
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.