month's softie is daunting. I guess I got off too easy
the first three months. I was superexcited to hear that February's
theme was Alice in Wonderland.
Great. Iconic characters. I had illusions of grandeur, of making
a set of pillow dolls of several characters on my Print Gocco.
Then I read the book. Now I know why I never read the book. I
don't like it so much. I get that it's all wonder and silliness
and contradiction, but I still wanted there to be a bit more logic
behind it, coming from mathemetician Lewis Carroll. I know its
genesis was Carroll telling the Liddell children a story on a
picnic. It reads too much like someone trying to explain a dream
to you. It is interesting to the storyteller because they are
trying to make sense of something very vivid that happened in
their head. It's just nonsense for the listener.
If Alice in Wonderland is a beloved book. Good. Enjoy. It just
didn't ruffle my flamingo feathers.
I'll still give the softie challenge the old college try. I made
a drawing of Alice:
Then I tried to make a Print Gocco screen of the darn thing. Two
attempts, two failures. I know it's partly because the variation
in small and large lines within the image, partly because I'm
not accostumed to the looseness of the textile ink.
I colored the image in Photoshop and then printed it on transfer
paper. The transfer looks great! I'm not keen on the shiny, plasticness
of it up close, but the line quailty is very good. Since Alice
pretty much boils down to "it was all a dreeeam," I added
the bubbles/circles floating around Alice's head to hold pieces
of her dream.
As I laid out the pieces, I'm thinking of a Plan C
Rather than a pillow doll, she's very likely to become a tiny
quilt. Still soft. Still doll sized scale. I like the flatness
in reference to the page and the book. And I think it'll give
me a chance to frame the image of her in a way I couldn't in a
Back to the Agerbeck Industries sweatshop...
on 2/23/2005 10:47:00 AM
Progress on my Alice softie.
Plan C is progressing well. I put four borders around Alice: black,
white, red/white stripe and solid red. Then decorated it with
two ribbons: the black and white stripe tucked under the black
binding, and the thinner red ribbon with the black and white slanted
stripes. And here's one with half of it's adornments. I still
need decided on the other half.
posted on 2/23/2005 10:50:00 PM