PLACENTA SKIN FLASHING ‘FUNKY-BABY’ DISCO BOOTIES
My Experimental Adventures Making Beautiful Things from Placenta
PLACENTA SKIN BOOTIES – Made from recycled mixed media, a piece of Max’s swaddling cloth, flashing LED’s and the placenta I birthed last year, eventually defrosted and made into placenta rawhide.
These booties are rather special as they were made from the parts of the amniotic sac that were almost transparent and incredibly thin. When dry, they were more delicate than tissue paper – impossible to sew… so I backed them onto bits of Max’s now redundant, but still sentimental, swaddling cloth. Although they looked great when finished, you couldn’t really tell that they were made from placenta skin, so I funked them up a bit with flashing LED’s…
Click here to see these fabulous booties in action via Youtube! Hilarious!! I am so pleased with them…
The process was started at NOMADIC VILLAGE 2012, and completed upon request for the filming for Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – EXTREME WORLDS.
THE MAKING OF…
One of my artistic endeavours whilst there, was to defrost my frozen placenta (actually, it’s Max’s placenta) and create as may beautiful things from it as possible – before I ate it!! lol. Even before I became pregnant, I knew that I would do something special with it. I have ended up doing many wonderful things with it!
I did the following things on a large roll of wallpaper liner…
- Placenta Printing
- Painted Sheela-Na-Gig images with placenta blood and black food colouring
- Sheela-Na-Gig Lino Prints
- Cured the Amniotic Sac that contained Max and stretched the skin
- Made the artistic piece, “A Womb With A View”
- Cooked the rest and shared the meal with my partner and four adventurous others!
- Had a lively discussion about eating placenta and cannibalism
- Retained the rest of the skin to make other things at a later date
“Be careful! I know you taste delicious!”
PLACENTA ART & COOKERY
A series of experiments completed during my artists’ residency at the NOMADIC VILLAGE 2012
To see these click the link below…
Before any plans could be made, as to what to make with my very special leather, I had to make it. The entire experience was intense and incredibly interesting on so many different levels!
I scraped the sac that Max grew in. I had a couple of shamanic drum hoops with me. I figured that a bag containing a baby for nine months, kicking away had to be pretty big and strong! I just hoped it could be stretched to cover a hoop!
The skin was beautiful and heavily veined near the umbilical cord. I could not separate it in one large unbroken piece so ended up with three medium-sized bits. It was a shame, but it really was quite difficult to work with. The skin wasn’t a single thickness either – it seemed to be made up of two layers. It reminded me of the construction of ply wood.
I separated the skin further into three smaller pieces of practically transparent skin, like cling-film. I cured all the bits and turned them into rawhide – because it was in pieces I had to rethink my idea of a placenta skin drum.
I decided to make a pair of baby booties! (I did try to crotchet a pair, honest, lol, but the pattern flummoxed me!).
I made another pair, much more translucent and larger then the ‘Funky Disco’ ones … I have written about them in a separate blog…
PLACENTA SKIN BABY BOOTIES!
Youtube clip – PLACENTA ART – PLACENTA SKIN BABY BOOTIES – Sewing and Lighting – Part 1
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Some of my other projects created at Nomadic Village 2012 – SHAMANIC ROADKILL CAPE & JAPANESE INSPIRED WISHING TREE