Creativity sometimes means doing things without a manual or instructional video. Being original requires experimentation and taking some risks. We don’t always know what we’re doing and we don’t always get the results we wanted, but when we succeed the photographs are unlike anything else.
While we might encourage more spectacular speculation, the reality that’s a bottle of craft glue Joy is holding and those are regular zippers just like the ones found at the fabric store. They’re not permanent. In fact, they barely managed to stay put through the entire photoshoot. Getting them to stay in place without resorting to really drastic means of adhesion was difficult. I’m pretty sure I offered more than once to use a staple gun. While that offer was meant in jest, it represents the degree of frustration we sometimes experience when what we think should work, doesn’t.
A great deal of science and biology go into our more creative work. One doesn’t just pick something and start throwing it at a human body, hoping it sticks. For that matter, there are times we have to be careful even in regard to the location where we are working. Not only do we have to be aware of the signs of allergic reaction, but we also need to understand which chemicals and elements, such as those found in body paint, interact well with others, and which we need to avoid. Mix the wrong things together, or sometimes failing to mix the right things the right way, can result in anything from ruined materials to rashes, burns and even open wounds if not handled correctly.
Using latex comes with a set of challenges, however, that one has to address before even starting to work with the substance. Many people are allergic to the stuff, and while for most the reaction is nothing more than a rash there are those for whom the reaction might be severe or even lethal. Any time one opens a container of latex, one has to be aware of the air quality and ventilation within the area. There must be sufficient air flow to keep everyone from getting sick, and there certainly cannot be any open flames close by. Then, there’s the fact that, if not properly pre-treated, latex bonds to the skin and can remove layers of epidermis; not a look most people enjoy not to mention being a bit painful.
While these more creative endeavors are not quite as technical or detailed as rocket science, they do require a fair amount of intelligence and often rigid attention to detail. We try to not harm anyone with any of our more artistic endeavors, but the danger is often present and something we dare not ignore.