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    DAVID   T.   ARTS    

       While visiting Thailand I as usual went to the fabric district to find materials for art projects.  I walked around all day for over a week collecting trims and other materials.  One day in the area I came across an opened umbrella displayed on top of a vendor's table that was gorgeously hand made in a style that I had never seen before.  The merchant then showed me a similar but bigger umbrella which I bought since it was calling out to me to decorate its completely pale canvas. 

      Since I was already collecting trims in the area, at that moment it was very easy for me to imagine pieces of trim cut up and attached to this umbrella.  I then intensified my search for trims since I surprisingly had a new project to construct now.  I also had to find suitable fabric glue for this project that was started and completed in Thailand.  I created a design deciding where trims would be located and which ones would be used.  There are infinite ways to decorate this umbrella so it was a bit intimidating as I desired to design something balanced in color for the eight equal sides.  As I laid out all of the trims in my preferred areas on one side of the umbrella, I took a picture for reference.  

      The next day I returned to the stores to buy more of the materials I needed as some trims would be used more than others.  Although I created most of the design, I knew that perceptions would change after actually implementing these ideas into physical realities.  With 10 varieties of styled trims used, and about 36 different shades of color within those trims, some would be replaced or positioned in different areas then first anticipated.  I completed it with some unobvious patterns and even a few more visits to the stores for more and different materials.  I usually squeezed glue onto a toothpick and then wiped it on the small trims for precise and spotless gluing.  Magnets were also used sometimes to make sure the glue dried under pressure and all sides of the trims were trimmed by scissor to cut off the excess material.     

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