Monday, 21 June 2010

Still life with orange

Tonight was the orange surgery workshop. We filmed some of it, which will be posted as soon as we can figure out how to upload it, with some additional thoughts about how the workshop went. Some highlights:
  • Creating a nipple out of orange peel is rather tricky, so we watched Mr A create one out of a scrap of pink felt which I found in my daughters' craft box. As you do. 
  • Suturing a thick orange-peel areola to a skin envelope made out of same? Not going to happen. Think the oranges were possibly too large; satsumas might be better for the stitching part.
  • Had an amazing 'aha' moment as the back muscle and ellipse of skin (orange flesh with ellipse of peel attached) was inserted into the skin envelope (hollowed out orange with hole in the top and bottom) and created the form of a breast complete with areola, but you had to be there.
  • The Pimm's was excellent. The samosas weren't bad either.
Executive summary: the evidence reveals that the orange analogy can only go so far. I'm off to get myself another glass of Pimm's, which I hope will help me think of additional, non-food related ways we can get to grips with the craft of the surgeon. In the meantime, I leave you with the artistic remnants of our orange workshop: Still Life with Orange, Pimms...and Pink Felt Nipple.
Thanks to: Mr A, Kate, Mike, Nic, Marie and Lynne. x

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