Friday, May 30, 2008

Soft Rock!

So it's time for the guitar softies to get some blog love, too. I don't remember how it was I thought of them, but once the idea came to me, I was obsessed with it, dreamed about it, and went through many sketches and pattern versions before achieving a result that felt right.

I love them, and apparently so do other folks. After all, how can you resist a guitar with a sweet little face? You can't.

I'll have to make some bass guitar softies. Because if I could play any instrument in a band, I think I would pick bass. Or drums. Hmmm.... a softie drum set! Watch out -- I'm going to get carried away. Now I'm trying to think up ways for me to make a softie accordion. Keytars? I'll be going softie instrument crazy.

This weekend will consist of some more softie guitar sewing in addition to the looming art deadlines, jewelry deadline, secret project deadline, and the two friends' parties that I'm excited about, especially since I haven't really had time to hang with friends in over a month.

But I'll get it all done, because I'm super crazy like that....or at least that's what I tell myself.

Welcome back my college days ability to make crazy-ass-deadlines-while-maintaining-enthusiasm-and-quality-for-my-projects! I missed you. Pin It

Sugar Skull Softies

Hello, Blog! Sorry I was out for a while. I had a crapload of work this month, which is a mixed blessing sort of thing. But just look at some of the new things I'm doing, and you'll see it was work well worth it.

Like these here sugar skull softies. They've been pretty popular over on my flickr account (at least popular for one of my pics, that is...), so I figured it was time to introduce them to the blog. I figured out a pattern of my own, sewed them up, embellished them with wool felt and hand embroidery, and I have to say that over all they make me very happy. There's one over at my etsy shop, and more have been dropped off at Parts and Labour on South Congress.

Were I able to juggle, I would totally juggle them, in a case of life imitating art. Alas I cannot juggle...

More posts of some of the things I've been up to to come! It's time for some multiple posts... Pin It

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Googly Eyes

Look, the shadow looks like a mouth!

I just wanted to say that before Christopher Walken decided he needed to put googly eyes on all his plants, I put these glasses with googly eyes on one of my cacti. I did so in emulation of my grandmother, Gammon, who had a cactus with glasses and googly eyes in a pot shaped like a VW bug (her car of choice) -- which actually was a gift from my mom. How trendsetting of them!

I'm currently buried in work, work, work, but I decided to post some fluff since it might be a while before I can post some real work up here again. I don't want to keep y'all hangin'!
Ahh, the blazing Texas sun! Look how tall Mr. Cactus is getting! He even has four little hats on the top of his head, which I'm very interested in seeing how the look when they bloom. Pin It

Friday, May 2, 2008

FeeJee the MerMonkMaid

Here is my fourth and final Painted Plush piece* for the Crammed Organisms show -- FeeJee the MerMonkMaid. FeeJee is my interpretation of what those classic mermaids of earlier eras (most famously the FeeJee Mermaid, after which she is named) might look look like if she were not dead, dehydrated, and all shriveled up. They were traditionally made of half a monkey, and half a fish, so there you go -- a MerMonkMaid.
FeeJee was, of course, made the same way I made my other painted plush. I was a little tired by the time I got to her, so she suffered from slight a lack of interest on my part. Had I made her first, she would've had more bells and whistles, methinks. I originally wanted to make her a standard non-painted plush, along with a panda mermaid softie, but I changed my mind, and decided to stick with all four being Painted Plush. I'm glad I did. This has been fun and refreshing.

And so, that is all of my pieces made for Crammed Organisms. I hope you enjoyed viewing and reading about them as much as I enjoyed making them.

* Sorry, Janx -- I forgot to write in the last post that there was one more to come! Pin It

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Golden Bird

Today's Painted Plush made for Crammed Organisms is The Golden Bird. She's not the most fierce or exciting painted creature -- especially when she's up against wolves and octopi. How can she compete with that? Well, as simple as she may seem, rest assured, she is very, very magical, and that's the ace up her sleeve...or wing, if you will.
The Golden Bird was inspired by the all-so-frequent fairy tale vehicle of the magical, mystical bird of some sort, who many times is described as 'golden,' and who is usually a coveted key to resolving whatever conflict in which our heroes are tangled. She is the quintessential catalyst.

This piece was originally more painterly, but I found myself very unhappy with the results, and I kept gravitating to this more graphic and uncomplicated painting style. I like that it looks like a three dimensional version of my ink and gouache drawings. She was made the same way I made OctoPolly and Lupe the Wolf Girl, but very different in terms of style.

I found myself very much enjoying the unpainted canvas bird on its own, actually. I think I'll try this pattern out for some simplistic bird form softies, sans the painting part. It was sweet, clean, and smooth. I like that. Pin It