Mar 31, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Robin takes part in my Online Hallowe'en Studio Tour, and you can check out her blog at http://needlefeltedart.blogspot.com/.
Mar 24, 2011
Thursday already... we did get the show table all set up and everyone arranged the way we like, and so now there are tags to make and paperwork... I have printed and cut 250 Hallowe'en Studio Tour bookmarks to hand out, and Bat Conservation International sent me 100 of their nifty circular bat stickers!
Also the rats' incisors look impressive and while at first I feared they were too big, they seem to be just about right. A very different look for my rats, they will be more rodent-like, less whimsical. I hope to work on the heads this weekend.
I have taken some time to read, a rare and much enjoyed treat! This gloomy faerie is from the back cover of Book One: Kin of "The Good Neighbors" graphic novel series (by Holly Black and illustrated by Ted Naifeh). She very much captures the dark mood of the past weeks, with Japan's nuclear disaster looming over everything...
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 9, 2011
Here are the fabrics I picked out today for their tails, ears, inner mouths and paws, upper and lower.
And I did find renewed inspiration! I will try real rat incisors (instead of my usual fangs) because of an incredible piece I purchased from B.C. artists Michael and Dianne of Moon Raven Designs. This is a bronze rat skull made from a mold of a real skull! Just magical! Look at those teeth! I've invited these talented arts to take part in my Online Hallowe'en Trick or Treat, I hope they say yes!!
And also inspirational was a horoscope shared by a colleague at work:
"Aquarius (Jan.20-Feb18) Horoscope for week of March 10, 2011
In the old fairy tale, the character known as Rumpelstiltskin had the power to spin straw into gold. That skill has a metaphorical resemblance to the wizardry you could pull off in the coming weeks: transforming seemingly ordinary or worthless stuff into a valuable asset. Although your work might seem a bit miraculous and make some people wonder if you've used hocus-pocus, the fact is that it may at times feel tedious or extremely demanding to you. Be gutsy in your mastery of the intricate details, Aquarius. I'll be thinking of you as the Gritty Magician."
Miraculous? Maybe not, but otherwise I thought it was pretty dead on, seeing the plans I have before me! On to the rats, who have taken names: Cere and Bella (from cerebella, "little brains")!
Mar 5, 2011
I'd like to point out that he has joints in all his limps, and a wired neck for great pose-ability (like that sweet head tilt). Also, glass beads fill his feet so he can stand nicely on his own.
Rose, plum red, dusty rose and mauve mohair swatches
Amber glass eyes
Black, mauve and variegated berry embroidery flosses
Painted mohair tuffs (in his ears)
Glass beads and polyester fiberfill
Faux raspberry branch
Total cost = about $36.00 in raw materials. So what is a fair adoption fee? Again, there's always the question of what labour is worth...
Mar 1, 2011
Tammi Beaulieu invited us to Cambridge on Sunday to feed the chickadees, a very tasty lunch out and a shopping trip through a favorite, Len's Mill! The chickadees actually landed in our hands to pick up sunflower seeds, it was magical on a gray, warmish-wet day. And Len's Mill had Hallowe'en stuff, left-overs I guess but new to me! What a treat! Thank you, Tammi!
Today I cleaned house and then updated the Online Hallowe'en Artists' Studio Trick or Treat's poster and bookmarks! 2011 here we come! Only 244 days to Hallowe'en, after all! Also I'm fiddling with Google translator, which I think will be very helpful on the site as we're trying to get a more international audience (and artists). It translates funny, as we can read the German and the French, but not too bad.