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By  Olivia Irvine 2016
This is a sgraffito- white lime plaster scratched through to reveal the dark lime plaster below. It is an decorative technique used in Classical times and revived in the 15th Century. It became very popular during the Art Nouveau period and was used in architecture as well as pottery. The image is my daughter's first shoes. The technique does not allow for any correction and the finished surface, once the lime dries, is unpredictable in its nuances. I feel this adds to the poignancy of the image.

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