Creeping Plaster

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  • For this project, I was given specific guidelines regarding the materials I was to use.  Only found material in my class's workshop could be used, and therefore a finite amount of each material was present.  I decided to use the plaster and pillow stuffing based merely on the fact that I've never seen them directly involved together, and was curious to see how they would work.  dThe final product came at the end of much experimenting with the wetness of the plaster, the amount of pillow stuffing being dipped, and finally, the method of letting the individual pieces dry.  Once I had a solid process set out, I began to crank out as many pieces as the amount of materials presented at the start would allow.  It reminded me of a bacteria spreading and creeping, taking over whatever it came into contact with.  Using the plywood, I began building the tree's structure and then covering sections in the plaster soaked fluff.  I really enjoy the geometrical skeletal aspect of the tree, while the plaster and stuffing give the tree the organic lines and shape.