Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crochet Max Max: Fury Road Furiosa Doll

OH Man.

I'm a certifiably terrible blogger.  I've been so busy making dolls like a factory, I've neglected showing off the other things I've been making.

I saw Max Max Fury Road, and just fell in love with it.  There's probably only like 60 lines of dialogue..but who cares really?  It's stylish.  It's fun.  Action packed.  And there's heaps of female agency.  Like actual self-empowered females.  The best part about this movie is that I don't think anyone saw it coming.  We're all so tired of the lousy reboots that this one based on a cultish film was sure to drown with all the others.

Here's my rendition of Furiosa.  Already claimed by a co-worker.  Isn't she adorable/ferocious?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Crochet Centaurs!

So a very good work friend of mine asked me to crochet him and his husband as centaurs as a Valentine's Day present.  Apparently they're caketopper was themselves molded in fondant as centaurs.

I always like to help out friends, but I have to admit I was a little nervous.  This was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I really really like the way these little guys turned out.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Theodore Twombly and Llewyn Davis Crochet Dolls

Man, I really need  to be better about this whole posting to my blog thing.  So, last year was a whirlwind.  I made so many Totoros for various design conventions, comic book conventions, a store in Brooklyn.  I didn't really give myself a chance to make new and inspired things.

Then, I attended a films of 2013 party earlier this month, and there were so many amazing costumes that I just had to recreate some of them as dolls, and I am quite chuffed with how they turned out.

First I did Theodore Twombly because my friend Tony made it look so adorable, and I just knew he needed to be a doll:

Next up was Llewyn Davis because my friend Andrew made that look so adorable as well.  And you know.  Guys in their late 20's and early 30's given the right kind of facial hair are just really doll inspirational.  I don't know what it is.

I always struggle with how these dolls fit into the cannon of art inspired by art.  Is this fan art? There is a certain craftsmanship involved.  You could tell two crocheters to make a Theodore Twombly doll, and they would come out completely different.  I guess that's the fun part.  The interpretation.   

Monday, March 4, 2013

A pearl of a girl- A Patti Smith yarnbomb

So, a co-worker recommended the Patti Smith biography, Just Kids.  And I know I have a knack for hyperbole, but believe me when I say this is my favorite book of the year, and it's only March.  I know it came out like 2 years ago and won awards, and I'm late to the boat and all that jazz, but it was so so so so good.  A friend pointed out that I love stories about starving artists living in hotels (i.e. Ask the Dust), which maybe be true.  There is just something to be said for being dirt poor and living with almost complete uncertainty.  The only actual certainty being that you should be exactly where you are and not in middle of nowhere Missouri, or New Jersey or where ever it is you might be from, even if you've been offered full scholarships to your state university. Why do that when you can sleep on a mattress you got used from a porno company?

That said, there's an anecdote Patti Smith tells in Just Kids about knowing Janis Joplin.  She sees Janis at a party flirting with this guy, and he's flirting back, but he ends up leaving with some vapid hanger-on groupie type.  Janis looks at the room and says something like "that's my life man."  I read this, and I'm like "this is janis joplin..who passes up the chance to be with janis joplin"  I love janis joplin.  like love her. she's odd and unconventional, and beautiful and she has soul.  and she's tragic.  what's not to love seriously?  anyway, Patti Smith goes on to say how she saw Janis at a later time...in her room at the Chelsea Hotel, and Janis asks Patti how she looks, and Patti responds "like a pearl of a girl."  It's such a sweet statement isn't it?  a pearl of a girl.  I want to be a pearl of a girl.  It just sounds nice, and the words kept swimming in my head. (I'm not entirely sure, but we all know Janis has an album called Pearl....perhaps the inspiration came from Patti?).

So I give you "...a pearl of a girl" as a yarn bomb.  I put it up on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park by the Time Travel Mart and the Echo and Origami Vinyl.  because...I don't know..it seemed right.  I took the color inspiration from the recently defunct Colby Poster Printing Company.  Because if you're going to put something on a pole in los angeles...why not make it look like an iconic poster?

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Legend of Korra and other details

I REALLY REALLY need to be better about posting to this blog because like seriously..that's what social media minded people are supposed to do.

First things first....March 23 and 24th marks the opening of the Pixeldrop Art Gallery art show based on art inspired by the cartoon Legend of Korra.  I made some dolls.

Right to Left:  Mako, Korra, and Tenzin.

The show promises to be something awesome, and if you're in the neighborhood, you should definitely check it out.  Fingers crossed that they sell.

Also, I just discovered that the mom of the kid who played Sam in Moonrise Kingdom bought my Sam doll.  Soooo cool right? totally.

What else? What else. Oh yes.  New dolls.

I was commissioned to make a Kaws doll.  It turned out pretty awesome I'd say.  Wouldn't you?

I made this Kurt Vonnegut doll for my dear friend Silas for his birthday.  I have not actually seen him since November, but it sits on my credenza waiting to be taken along on my next outing to see him.  It'll happen soon.  I can feel it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sam from Moonrise Kingdom

I crocheted this for the white elephant-like game at my annual Xmas party.

Friday, October 19, 2012