I have started designing artifacts for the miniature Hawaiian museum. The first things are feather capes which are smaller than the cloak that I showed previously. I drew the capes in Adobe Illustrator using photographs of one real cape and a real cloak which I made smaller. The cloak is from the British Museum collection.
The British Museum cloak (see their entry in their online collection for details of the cloak’s history):
The cape is from the Bishop Museum collection and its information can be found here.
Illustrator work on the cape:
I printed the images on silk (it took 3 tries to get the saturation of the ink correct). I matched the colors to the images and to the mini feathers that I purchased. These are the final prints. The silk has a paper backing to get it through the printer. I will remove the backing before I glue the feathers on.
[…] The promise to make miniature feather capes for the mini-museum was hanging over me so I decided to tackle it while I was a prisoner in the back seat of a car for 8 hours while driving to Boston. I gathered tools and feathers and a board for my lap and this is what I saw the whole time: […]