Archive for July, 2015

Professor of Gender Studies

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Here’s a new monster. Same process as the previous: just started working the wool and seeing where it took me. Definitely did not mean to make a figure this large. In fact, I ran out of the orange for the skin and had to make boots instead of feet. Then s/he/it looked naked, so I had to add clothing. A turtleneck vest was clearly the best option. And shorts. After which:

“It looks professorial, doesn’t it?” I said to John.

“Yeah,” he said, “a Professor of Gender Studies.”


Professor of Gender Studies

Professor of Gender Studies

Check out the fingers! Haven’t done fingers before. Not easy. Also, you’re not getting a close-up on those, because they aren’t actually finished.

Jaunty Angle

Jaunty Angle

Okay, here’s a close-up. But not that close. You can see bits of white under-wool showing through the fingers.

Guest Room Dresser

Guest Room Dresser

I think the professor looks particularly fetching atop the guest room dresser, although the colors aren’t true to life. The wall is much more pistachio-colored (less yellow, more green apple), and the professor is not quite so electric.

Shelf o' Felt

Shelf o’ Felt

Here you can see what’s going on in the felting cabinet: I’m growing out of it. I keep making creatures too large to fit. I think maybe some new office shelving is in order, but . . . am I about to become the person who has shelves of figurines? If so, can I console myself with the knowledge that I made them myself?

Also, at this remove (of time, mostly, but also space), I can see that I made a mistake on the skin tone of the standing woman. I didn’t have anything remotely skinlike at the time and went for white, but wow, is that white. Lesson learned.

On to the next project!


Sleepy Alphabet Tricks

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Sometimes when I’m lying in bed at night and wish I were sleeping, I challenge myself to generate alphabetical lists. When I choose the right sort of list, I find the task occupying enough to distract me from unpleasant thoughts (EARTHQUAKE EARTHQUAKE EARTHQUAKE) and calming enough (usually) to invite sleep. The first few lists I made were names: 10 “female” names for each letter, A – Z, and then ten “male” names. At some point I switched to books and movies; I’m currently working on plays. (Stuck on J. Please do not help.)

Two recent lists that I enjoyed making immensely: movies with one-word titles and movies whose titles begin with progressive verbs. Remember, I made this late at (or in the middle of the) night, with no access to IMDB. I’m reconstructing both lists here, from memory and imperfectly.

One-Word Movie Titles

  1. Amelie
  2. Babe
  3. Chicago
  4. Dune
  5. Election
  6. Fargo
  7. Gremlins
  8. Happiness
  9. Inception
  10. Junebug
  11. Koyaanisqatsi
  12. Lilies
  13. Memento
  14. Nell
  15. Oliver
  16. Parenthood
  17. Queens
  18. Ray
  19. Sideways
  20. Thumbsucker
  21. Up
  22. V (oops, TV miniseries only)
  23. Wild
  24. X-Men
  25. Yesterday (guessing that there’d be a movie with this title; there are several)
  26. Zoolander

Progressive-Verb-Initiated Movie Titles

  1. Awakenings (well . . . that’s a gerund, so . . . maybe doesn’t count?)
  2. Breaking Away
  3. Capturing the Friedmans
  4. Driving Miss Daisy
  5. Eating Raoul
  6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  7. Going the Distance
  8. Hanging Up
  9. Inventing the Abbots
  10. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  11. Kicking and Screaming
  12. Leaving Las Vegas
  13. Making the Grade
  14. N . . . NO N? There’s NO N?
  15. O . . . also no O?
  16. Playing for Keeps
  17. Quitting Time (guess)
  18. Remembering the Titans
  19. Saving Silverman
  20. Trading Places
  21. U . . . I think I feel asleep here.
  22. V . . . and now that I’m awake, the Internet isn’t helping.
  23. Walking and Talking
  24. X . . . ha ha ha ha ha.
  25. Y . . . nada.
  26. Z . . . kaput.

Okay, so perhaps this latter list wasn’t as successful as I’d imagined. Maybe it was the two-word title list I loved? So you have that to look forward to, if I ever get around to reconstructing it. Meanwhile, I’m sure I’m not the first person to notice that almost all of the lesser-used letters are at the end of the alphabet. How did that happen, I wonder? And why are the vowels so evenly distributed?


Pink Monster

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

I’ve been working on a new series of felted monsters. I didn’t begin with any kind of a plan, so they’re evolving wherever the wool wants to go, which is often surprising to me. Something of a paradox, the felting process, in that it is so interminably slow and also fairly unpredictable—at least, to me, at my level. Perhaps some day I will have greater control over realizing a particular vision!

In the meantime, I’ve been experimenting with a type of wool I wish I had known about at the beginning: core wool. This is a much rawer, spongier, uncarded wool that bunches and shapes up easily, in high contrast to the hairlike strands of carded wool I’d gotten used to wrapping around pipe cleaner armatures ad freaking nauseum. Yay, easy wool! Boo, several years of not knowing!

I had wanted to wait until I had the entire series of new pieces finished before showing any, but as per usual, these things take time. TIIIIMMMMME. So I’m giving a little preview here:

Pink Alarm

Pink Alarm

See how those arms have floated up into space? That happened organically, after I created a bulbous body and then cut into it with scissors. I’d never used that technique, and I was happy with it. Here’s a rear view:

Petite Tailio

Petite Tailio

Love that little tail. It’s not easy to make pointy objects via dry felting, although I’m getting better at it.

Happy July, everyone!