Wild Fiber Animals

Robina Alston sculpts bright animal sculptures using wild fiber, which is a mixture of cotton fibers, glitter and adhesive.

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Robina Alston is a vivacious and energetic woman who really enjoys life. This spirit is evident in the fun and funky animals she creates. They are bright, wonderful sculptures that give off a feeling of laughing and enjoying life.

Alston begins her process with a raw hydrocal cast (a plaster-like material) form, which she chisels and files to create expression and fine detail. Once she has the desired look in the structure, she adds highlights with acrylic paints--primarily the nose, eyes and hooves. While the paint dries, Alston begins the "wild fiber" that is used to cover and color the body. This is a mixture of cotton fibers, paint, some glitter for vibrancy, and adhesive. She mixes all of this together until it reaches a dough-like consistency. Every inch of space on the form that isn’t painted gets covered in wild fiber and left to dry.

When the wild fiber is mostly dry, the embellishing that brings out the true character of the animal begins. False eyelashes are added and feathers are used to create a tufted mane. The animal is then left to finish drying, the adhesive in the wild fiber holding the embellishments on securely. The final outcome is a lion approximately two feet in length that has flair and finesse to match the woman who created it.

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