Looking for a one of kind heirloom gift for your favorite bride, made especially for her, capturing how beautiful she looked on her wedding day in a three dimensional representation? Then you may want to talk to Gardiner artist Pam Booth who has been making custom bridal sculptures for over the past decade.
Along with her husband Craig, Pam has been creating sculptures for over 30 years. Her range of work is broad, from realistic portrait busts to whimsical pieces, such as her X‑Stinx line of incense smokers.
Pam’s wedding sculptures started with her daughter’s wedding when she made her first personalized bride sculpture to capture the beauty of her daughter’s wedding gown. Afterwards, people who saw the finished piece wanted one for themselves and she’s been making them ever since.
In each custom made piece, she tries to capture the textures of a wedding dress and the fabric folds that are unique to every bride’s figure.
The process starts with photographs of the bride who needn’t come by for a sitting. “I prefer to work with photographs taken on the wedding day,” says Pam. “There’s something special about the energy a bride has in her body and the way the dress moves along with her. Even if a bride comes in to pose after the wedding it’s just not the same.”
Pam uses a series of wedding day photos to study the dress from all angles and usually asks for two specific full size shots as a base reference: one from the side and one from the front, which she calls a “mug shot”. These can usually be taken at dress fittings. “Often people forget to take a good full length image from the side and that’s usually the one that’s most important,” says Pam.
Once the work begins and Pam captures the basic form, she concentrates on fine details such as the bride’s hair, facial expression, and hand postures. “The back of the dress is always very important,“she says.
Once all the modeling is complete, the pieces are kiln baked and coated with a glossy white patina for a very classy, elegant look. And while these pieces make great gifts, they should be considered more of an investment in a work of art.
Sometimes Pam is asked to create sculptures of a bride and groom in their getaway car. For such commissions, she partners with her husband Craig, who is known for his custom automobile sculptures made clients all over the country, usually vintage car collectors. Craig crafts all the cars and Pam makes the figures to go with them.
More of Pam and Craig’s work can be seen in person at their studio on 1112 Bruynswick Road in Gardiner. Call ahead for appointments, or stop by during the annual Gardiner Open Studio Tour, now a local tradition Pam and Craig helped to establish. And don’t forget to say hi for the AWITV team!
Thinking about a bridal sculpture?
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Learn more about Pam Booth visit http://www.cartoonsbybooth.net/ or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PamelaJeanBoothWeddingSculpture. You may also call (845) 255‑4169.
To discuss your Gardiner or New Paltz wedding with Duetimage Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers, call (845) 905‑6323 or visit: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.