Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nurikabe

Searching online for something different to use as a wrap I came across the Nurikabe. This would work on a couple of levels. In the myth of the Nurikabe, the traveler who encounters it at night finds it impassable. It is a wall that extends infinitely, blocking the road. The only to pass is to press low on the wall, making the wall disappear.

There are an infinite number of possibilities for wrapping gifts in sculptures, so this was ideal--and unique. And if I could get it to work like the myth, even better.

The result was a spring-loaded box that opens by pressing on a sensitive point low on the front cover. Building the box was the only hard part. Covering it with clay and baking a few sculptural details like hands and feet made it one of the easiest wraps to date.

Inside? A rubberized potholder mitt in the shape of Pat's favorite animal.  It's the journey, not the destination, remember?