Sunday, July 31, 2011

The B Button Scorch

The Hive had an open call for submissions with a "Bring the Heat" theme for August.
"That can mean warm colors, heatwave-level temperatures, seductive characters, an arsenal of weaponry, or any and all of that. One thing's for sure, it'll be a scorcher. "
At first I thought to do the fire flower but pushed it further to Fire Mario accompanied with fireballs. I replicated it after my favorite Super Nintendo version:

I simplified him into a ball format to keep him in my style and to avoid a stocky outcome. For his hair, I went with felt because I had cut his mustache first and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to keep everything unified. This was the first time I used felt for hair, but using yarn would've made the piece a little bulkier than I would have wanted.

I then attached removable suction cups to the backsides and displayed them on a mirror, therefore, creating posable mirror art. I had the idea to stick magnets in for refrigerator art as well, but since I already finished Mario, it was a little late. Plus, I figure there will be other opportunities in my future for tacky cute post-grade school refrigerator art.

Not sure if I'm going to be doing another Fire Mario for my shop or another piece like this. I love creating but reproducing the same character over and over can get boring, and I don't want that to happen to my Mario!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lambs All Grown Up

My favorite stuffed animal in preschool was a Lamb who I called "Lamby," and yes, I would let it follow me to school. So when my little sister requested a lamb for her friend, I got that sentimental feeling and wanted to do Lambs justice. I decided to use the soft terrycloth yarn I had used only once before to create a "Charmmy Kitty" character for someone else. The yarn is very soft and thin, proving a bit difficult to crochet with at times, but I love the texture and outcome. Had I had more patience and had the particular yarn come in colors other than soft baby pastels, I might be inclined to use it more!

It's fun as well as embarrassing to look back at things I have done years ago and see how much I have grown. Can you see the differences between my first project and my most recent? : )

Now it's time to say farewell to my second Lamby! I know she is going to a good home, but I attached a bell just in case she gets lost.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An Inspiration Seesaw

Anything hitting that nerve that fills me complete or carries my heart over my head and depletes the question of WHY - That, is what makes me want to create, and that is why I wanted to give back to those who inspire me.

A couple years ago, I started exchanging email with a sweet girl named Nanda from Jakarta, Indonesia, who had recently moved to Seattle. She wondered if I had any suggestions for artsy stores in Washington due to my crafts displayed on a Myspace profile. Although I couldn't really help her, we still conversed about art and life, and I found her to be a really interesting person, as well as her photography. We ended up befriending each other on Facebook as well, and a few months ago she posted a Kick Starter to raise funds for a vinyl with music and art done by her and her husband. She had told me a little about her story with her husband, but the video they did to promote the project colored in all the details and warmed my heart.

I have always been captivated by husband-wife duo bands and artists (see: Tennis). Maybe it's partially because I haven't surrounded myself with artists in my life, but to think that one could, not only be so in tune with oneself and his own creativity, but be able to share and collaborate that same energy with a partner to create this whole new world that they can live in together... Well, that allures me.

I wanted to make Nanda something that could possibly embody her version of happiness as well as be what she always wanted but never thought could exist. She had told me she liked things that are colorful, and after listening to their music, I knew I wanted to create a colorful scene from their story. So I decided to bring to yarn (get it, life?) her favorite scene:

"My favorite scene from the book is when Ms. Rabbit and Mr. Carrot flew on a magic cloud passing the mountains and two dragonflies :)"
Crocheting the carrot and the rabbit was such an adorable task, but I have been noticing a trend in my scene projects that the 'prop' the characters are sitting on are always the most difficult to create. Luckily, because I do the characters first, they inspire me through all the pain and frustration to finish so that the set can be complete. In this case, the cloud was unbearably annoying. I was desperately trying for a cute cumulus cloud, but the tricky part was visualizing the probability of fitting everything on it while not looking clustered or confusing, too. I tried several methods, like increasing on the sides with two stitches in each, then taking it apart and doing three stitches, then taking apart, and random decreasing! In the end I made three separate round pieces and and attached them at different points in the rounds. I then used pipe cleaners for the first time with my yarn, in attempt to create flying dragonflies. When they all finally came together on the cloud, all I could do was smile at its cuteness:

I also secured removable suctions cups (demonstrated in the first picture against a mirror) to the back of the cloud, so it can kindof take to air. This was a method I used on Cocaine Baby that I wanted to keep up, but although it gives my art a different exhibiting opportunity, it also limits it to windows and mirrors. I guess you can't have it all. Nonetheless, I absolutely love this project and all that it stands for, and I just can't wait to send it to my friend, Nanda.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bombs Away

Recently, I was approached to contribute to a giveaway on a blog catered to geeks. I wanted to submit a keychain but I felt like creating something new. Last night I started on a mini Bomb-omb:

It is definitely one of my favorites right now and as soon as I have a bit of time, I'll make a few more. I only have my poor-quality camera phone right now, so when I get hold of an actual camera, I will be able to take more photos and later list this cutie.