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The Wild Swans Book Sculpture by wetcanvas The Wild Swans Book Sculpture by wetcanvas
Made from the pages of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Geese", these brother swans carry Princess Elise to safety. In the story, the children's evil stepmother decides they are a hindrance, so she turns the brothers into swans, only regaining their human form at night, and sends Elise away. Years later, Elise and her brothers reunite. She weaves a net and her brothers carry her across the ocean. Once safe, Elise releases the brothers from the spell by taking a vow of silence and weaving magic shirts made from nettles and they live happily ever after. The princess is an illustration from the book fitted with a paper dress. Each swan is suspended with a clear thread. The mobile hangs approximately 24" long and 12" wide. It weighs less than one pound.

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Teiturforever Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the way that you take a story and turn it into a mini sculpture of itself! This is my favourite tale :love:
wetcanvas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Love your icon.  I just got caught up on Doctor Who (all of the newer seasons in a week, horrible idea, my emotions will be messed up for the rest of my life) and I'm thinking about making a TARDIS sculpture.  I'm not sure about the book though.  I know they have Doctor Who graphic novels but I'm not sure about that.  Maybe an astrology book?  Any ideas? 
Teiturforever Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and thanks :hug: I would LOVE a TARDIS sculpture! :love: I'm quite sure the have like "normal" DW books too? I think that a graphic novel would be all to "messy" (do you understand what I mean with it?) for your work...
wetcanvas Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree.  It never works out well when I try to make something out of illustrated pages...that aren't supposed to be the actual illustrations at least.  I'll have to check around for DW books.  I've never seen one, but I'm new to Doctor Who and may not have known what I was looking at.  Thanks for the input!  
Teiturforever Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm quite sure, that i found one in a library somewhere, when I was in England this year... At least they exist. I'm quite new to Doctor Who too, but I'm already totally obsessed with the show :love:
wetcanvas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I managed to find some on E-bay.  I don't like using books with printed pictures on the cover so finding one without it was a challenge.  Did manage to find an older book that I could use though.  The TARDIS will be made shortly!  I don't think you can watch Doctor Who without becoming obsessed.  We don't get BBC though so I'm a bit behind and it's driving me crazy! 
Teiturforever Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uuuuh, I'm all excited now! I live in Denmark, so I can't watch BBC either, and the Danish television is like half a year behind! Instead I watch DW on my computer - can't wait for the 50th anniversary. I'm really looking forward to see Tennant again :heart:
wishfullDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!!! The birds are really amazing... are they hollow?
wetcanvas Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The bird's bodies were carved out of a foam/paper pulp mixture and their necks are made from wire.
Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A lot of work in this one. Well worth the effort.
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