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In the pursuit of mastering the fusion technique I did this portrait of my niece Gaëtane.

A mix of fusion and piece by piece, cut in 4.

I started from a picture



Chose the woods



And started from the center out. I did not care much about accuracy on that project, I chose to use a temperamental fast cutting to express the energy in the child.



I used a new idea of preparing pre-fusioned pack, piece of veneer in to layers already scrape and sanded through almost to the intended final result. i used those for the hair



Then I added backgrounds and dress. i had 2 bubinga and 2 dyed black maple backgrounds





Then i added some more fusion with curly yellow wood for the hair, a new piece by piece layer of red and purple veneer for the dress and couple touch up on the face.





Final result





Presented at the Design in Wood show in 2009 it did not meet the judges understanding and or appreciation.

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That's extraordinary. Those judges are nuts.
 

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Formidable, monsieur.
 

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Une tres belle photo qui est devenue une belle creation. bravo Patrice keep smiling John
 

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Amazing, I would love to attempt something like this! How did you learn these techniques?
 

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Brian's correct.
If not nuts, they don't appreciate the work of a talented artist.
Absolutely superb!
 

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Holy Cow Patrice, I think this is my favorite so far!
 

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Incredible work. Dumb judges.
 

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Very impressive work.
 

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How the Dickens you do that? Is there a book I can read? I'm blown away.
 

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I am not aware on any book on the subject of the piercing technique apart from Remy Vriz which is in french and does not express technicality. I am still developing new tricks on the subject and even if we think of writing a book with Patrick Edwards, we are not planning on publishing any time soon at the school. We teach fusion at the school but that type of picture will be Independent studies (1 or 2 weeks depending on your project) and will require completion of Stage I and II, so it requires a significant investment in time and money.
 

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Simply brilliant. Thank you for sharing your obvious talent with us.
 

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Take heart my friend, judging from all the favourable comments above - Art is in the eye of the beholder.

And my eye says ,bravo!
 
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