Design Team Project

Altered Mannequin – Amanda Herring

Hello 2023

I hope that we all have a fantastic year ahead filled with the things that give us joy and happiness. 

I am super excited to be creating again and back to doing mixed media again! 

What is even more exciting is to be a part of the Dusty Attic 2023 creative team!

I am looking forward to a creative year ahead filled with so many ideas and projects.
Today I would like to share with you an altered mannequin, This mini dress-form was used  to display jewellery and is a great size for an altered project. 

I had this old display mannequin that I have wanted to give a mixed media makeover To for ages, I decided that an industrial look would give a great contrast to the form. 
I have started by covering the entire surface with a layer of gesso and  pieces of textured tissue paper, the crackle stencil detail in gold were also done using a stencil, tissue paper and gold crackle paste. I have used the stencil to add gold crackle paste onto the loose tissue paper sheets  so that Ican collage this onto the mannequin, as there were no flat surfaces making stencilling really difficult on the curves on dressmakers form.

After collaging the tissue papers onto the form I have then added layers of pre painted cogs around the form until I was happy with the effect.

I have then given them a patina and distressed look by adding various colours of gold and a vintage light blue to give them some texture and a worn look, as well as helping to show up all the layers of texture. Final touches are done with gold and turquoise patina waxes and some extra gold paint and some red acrylic for the Industrial Heart for an added colour pop.

The skirt has been made with fabric strips that are stained with a aqua colour spray in dark brown and stitched in small bunches around the base of the dressmakers form.I liked how this added a softer contrast to the cogs and gave an illusion of a skirt around the base.
To finish I have added wings cast from a Prima Imaginarium mould using stamperia extra light soft clay.
I have added some random flowers in gold, red and a soft vintage blue to finish.
Supplies Used:
Dusty Attic Chipboard

Mini Cogs #2 DA1932L

Mini Cogs #3 DA3364

Cogs and Gears DA1977

Industrial Gears DA2859

Industrial Hearts DA1953

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collage paper Typeset / composer
Stamperia Crackle Paste GoldAllegro Acrylic paint-Avorio (cream), titanium white and super goldAqua color spray – LeatherExtra Fort GlueExtra light Soft clay ( wings)
Liquitex Matte MediumLiquitex GessoPaper Artsy Fresco Finish paint – SeaglassPrimaImaginarium moulds – Amun and bastart academy wax Old white, patina green, green brocade opal magic, Gold and aged Brass.

Thanks for stopping by 
I will see you for my next project 
Until Next Time 
Mandy x