Sunday, February 28, 2010

As someone who has become increasingly more interested in computer games (and to some extent, X-Box) I have to share with the world my love interest that is Return to Ravenhearst (not to be confused with the original Ravenhearst which is excellent but not quite as fun as the second game).

Take those fanastic children's books Eye Spy, mix it up with Where in the World in Carmen SanDiego, throw in some Victorian Goth gloom and doom and you have Ravenhearst - where getting to the front door is a challenge and only the beginning!

The graphics are drool worthy - absolutely beautiful. I want to LIVE in this house, ghosts and all.

I will leave you with one of my favorite scenes in the whole game - the garden outside the house. Not only are the graphics superb the music and sound effects are so sweepingly beautiful and real it's like you are actually in a gothic novel. You can hear the rain patter and the frogs sing and owls hoot while gloomy and sweetly sad violins and piano plays in the background. I found my version at the local Wal-Mart for ten dollars if anyone is interested. You can also go to BigFish games online and download the game. I would really recommend it! This has been a hocking my computer game addiction message - we will now return to our regular art blog site.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

About 90% done; this is something that's for a (tiny) little gallery at the school who's looking for local artists. I'm thinking about entering four different pieces. Will post more later.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Continuing on the book arts trend; box making. It's my intent to find board games (particularly vintage game boards but those a bit harder to find) and make them into art. So we have the Monopoly Box and Book.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quick little update on the fruit cake, it's done! While it really is a beautiful piece of felt crafting I wouldn't reccommend it if you're short on time. This is one nit-picky time sucking mofo of a project. but it looks so cool

Friday, February 12, 2010

Felt Food

From the Japanese felt food book, My Favorite Felt Sweets. It's hard to explain why I feel the overwhelming urge to make felt food; I know a lot of (sane) people go 'what's the point? you can't eat it'. Maybe it only makes sense in the crazy world of artists where form and color and shape are like drugs. Just the thought of putting together something like this and making it work fills me with a kind of greedy joy. Look what I can do, and if I can do this what else can I do? You're only bound by the limits of your imagination.
This particular piece (fruit shortcake from page one) is one time consuming lengthy project. This is only part of it and it took me a few hours to put together. There are five more pieces to go. One ingenious little idea from the book was to use styrofoam instead of stuffing for the slices of cake.

Of course not everything that you make will turn out looking like the pictures in the book; I realized that after I stuffed this pinwheel dessert that I probably should have used styrofoam again or cardboard to keep it looking, well like it was stuffed.

And finally one of my favorite objects in the world; donuts! There is something really happy and pleasing about going into a donut shop and just staring at all the different donuts (ahh, Krispy Kreme!). Asides from tasting good the donut is eye pleasing too. It's rather unfortunate that it's taken the U.S. so long to get into felt crafts and bring over crafting books from Japan, who seems to reign supreme in the crafting arena. There are tons of books on Ebay but non-translated and expensive (about twenty-five to forty-five dollars per book).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To everyone who's into this money-sucking, Hallmark-ed, totally commercialized holiday Happy (early) Valentine's!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Yesterday was the Book Arts Group and this was our project; make a box. One thing you really have to be careful about are the measurements, if its off by just a little the box ends up looking all wonky. The paper came from the local art supply store and the buttons are just something I had.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Some old, some new sewing projects. I have attempted to take some more professional-like photographs of my work as I am hoping to submit some pieces for a magazine (that won't be published until July haha, that is if I get into at all). The felt flower is just awesome and came from a 1960's craftbook. Yet another item I am willing to put on Etsy once I get some more made (there are two other flower versions I haven't made yet; it involves a lot of stitching and a hot glue gun). Still drawing, just obsessing over all things felt at the moment.

Some of these are a bit old; I sewed them last September and they have been hanging out on my shelf. And some are newer; the little elephant (he's only like six inches high) is all hand-stitched and made from a recycled suit just like Mr. Octopus is. I think going to thrift stores and places that sell clothing by the pound actually have some of the best material for sewing plushies.