How to Make a Giant ArtichokePosted: 07/02/2012
First, go get an artichoke. It helps to know what such a thing looks like. Maybe draw a picture, or trace a few leaves.
Second, you can eat it now. Steam it with lemon slices and garlic for about 40 minutes and dip the leaves in melted butter. Mmmmm.
I started with my basic “beach ball” pattern, and made a series of overlapping leaf shapes. The original artichoke was a little flatter, so I decided to give this one more dimension by making the largest leaves two layers with stuffing in between them. My next innovation was to cut a long row of the smaller leaves and machine-sew them into gathers and coil them around the top. I may do a scarf in this style!
The hardest part of my sculptures is the initial start-up. I am always afraid of two things: I can’t make it better than before and I can’t make it at all. I require a lot of pep-talks along the way. Since I was making lots of changes to this piece, there were many steps where I thought I was about to fail. In the end, I learned new things and came out with a most beautiful finished product. I’ll post more of the photo shoot later this week.