When Emma and I discussed Cinderella, interestingly, we bounced lots of ideas back and forth, but neither of us, as far as I remember, ever mentioned the elephant in the room. Now, here’s a fairy tale that actually features ‘glass’, in slipper form. And yet, the thought of making a glass slipper never occurred to me! Like Emma, I went straight for the movement, although my thoughts went more in the direction of a pumpkin carriage. I won’t have long to dedicate to this month’s challenge, and to be honest, I find Cinderella a bit sickly-sweet. My very, very first thought was to make an evil dove, which deliberately mis-sorted some grain, so that Cinderella never got to go to the ball in the first place. Really, I wish she’d just have grown a back bone and given back as good as she got…..but then, simply the idea of going to a fancy ball to mingle with royalty fills me with dread, and I’d have much rather stayed at home with a good book. So……..hmmmmm…….I have no idea as yet what I’ll produce this month, but I do have a couple of ideas!
Why Untold Tales?Untold Tales is the story of a journey, undertaken by two flameworkers, Emma Mackintosh and Sabine Little. For one year, we will undertake a creative challenge of tackling one fairytale each month, and use it to inspire our work in glass, both individually and collaboratively. We'll try to find new angles to the old stories, hence 'Untold Tales'. At the same time, we hope that sharing our thoughts behind pieces, and the journey of their creation, will shed light on the 'Untold Tales' of creative processes, help us develop as artists, and, frankly, be a lot of fun!