Miniature Marquetry - No Child Left Behind

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 03-11-2013 08:45 PM 5226 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2008, a friend of mine started a Mail Art project called His Legacy.

The goal was, for diverse artist, to mail 2 postcard size Mail Art representing an interpretation of president Bush legacy. One to the white house and one to the Getty Museum, and this every weeks of the last year of Bush’s presidency.

I was contacted to participate, but as a foreigner, I chose to stay out of the political stand and did double reading piece, a free interpretation of a picture taken in Germany and published in Das Bild. The picture was read differently by both side of the political scene, each side making its own interpretation. I push this chose your own interpretation a little bit in the title, No Child Left Behind Act being such a controversial political decision. Overall, it worked pretty well in the sense where each political side who looked at this marquetry had in fact there own interpretation.

The drawing was made from the picture

I tried something new, I scanned the drawing to do the color choice using photoshop.

The marquetry was cut in 4 layers using the piece by piece technique on the chevalet.

The background was cut out of died black maple also in 4 layers

The final marquetry had around 360 pieces some of them thicker than wide.

I did not finish in time for the Mail Art Project, I send another more simple marquetry, but I finshed nevertheless the project and surprisedly, for a “political and such a small piece, got Best of Show at the Design in Wood Show in 2010.

They out a blown up picture on the side

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 09:14 PM

Simply amazing….the work that you did on this.

Just fabulous work and craftsmanship!

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 09:56 PM

I never saw the picture before. Way too funny.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 11:15 PM

absolutely amazing work – and captured a true moment – hope you find more inspiring subjects for your creativity… best of luck on your endeavors

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 11:52 PM

I remeber that photo! What a great job you did on this! Amazing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 11:54 PM

LOL! I love it. and a really nice piece!

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 12:12 AM

I can’t believe you packed that much detail into such a tiny space!!!

I loved that picture the first time I saw it – I think I love your version of it even more.

I think it deserves to hang in the White House – they need a bit of comedy right about now. :-)

Thanks for sharing!


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#7 posted 03-12-2013 12:18 AM

Your marquetry skills are absolutely wonderful . I always look forward to your postings.

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 12:26 AM

Thank you

Yes it was a little tiny. I had to drew it 3 time bigger and reduce it afterwards.
When Patrick saw the design I was hesitating wether I wanted to commit to that project. He said I could not do it, it gave me enough motivation to prove him wrong. ahah
The downside, I lost a bit of eye-sight working on that project.

We do not know what they did at the white house with those 52 cards.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 01:32 AM

This is a truly amazing piece of art.
The photos are wonderful but just don’t do it justice.
In real life it’s intricacy and excellence are even more apparent.
I’ve been waiting for this post Patrice.

Thanks !

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 03-12-2013 01:37 AM

A friend just sent me those picture to add to the post.
At Cirello Gallery in 2011
And again my picture did not make it in time for the White House

-- Patrice lejeune

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#12 posted 03-12-2013 04:51 AM

Patrice, this is really amazing work. It is even more amazing in person. Thanks for sharing the in process design pics…its always great to get a glimpse inside at how the mind works.

Amazing cutting talent you have…that is why you are the professional, and we are your students…some day, maybe…

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#13 posted 03-12-2013 08:07 AM

Amazing …. I’m at a loss for words how good this is.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 03-12-2013 05:30 PM

I can hardly see the picture, never mind the individual pieces! Phenomenal work Patrice. It is hard to imagine how you managed to cut and even glue such tiny pieces. And just as amazing to me is that you also managed to preserve the integrity of the photo, getting a perfect likeness.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 03-12-2013 05:39 PM

stefang I do not thing I would have been able to pull it of without the chevalet, it really allows such fine details I can not make with scroll saws, but also the french technique of the assembly board which really helps a great deal for piece by piece marquetry especially when they have lot or detail and or pieces.

-- Patrice lejeune

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