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101  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Lover Lost on: August 25, 2013 12:01:04 PM
Here's another Lover's Eye I did for a friend, I call it "The Lover Lost."

3 inches in diameter

102  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slot Car Drivers on: August 14, 2013 08:58:59 AM
Here's one of the results of a project my husband and I have been working on for a number of months, a slot car race driver figure.  This one is Jim Clark, from this sculpture by me:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422955.0#axzz2bxXOYnhr  and another, separate sculpture I did of a race driver body.  My husband digitally scanned the sculptures, manipulated them in the computer to add clothing detail, helmet, etc and then had them 3D printed, this one at 1:32 scale.  This figure is 1.25 inches long:

More about the figures:


103  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Owl Post on: August 11, 2013 03:14:43 PM
My Dad is a big fan of Harry Potter, so I made him this Owl Post embroidery for his 83rd birthday this month.  Smiley

about 4.25 inches in diameter
104  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mervyn Peake - Portrait of the Artist as a Poet on: July 31, 2013 09:24:24 AM
This is a sculpture Ive been meaning to do for a few years; I meant to have it done for Peakes centenary in 2011, but being the slowest artist on the planet, I procrastinated.  As it is I consider this only a sketch and hope to either do another finished version, or what is more likely, continue to refine this one and have it digitally scanned and printed.  I probably cant afford to mold and cast it, unfortunately.  And I won't be able to finish it any time soon because of my sculpting space being taken up by paying work.  Tongue  Sorry, Mervyn, I have to put a bag over your head and stick you on a shelf.  Roll Eyes

Mervyn Peake is best known as the author of the Gormenghast novels, but was also an illustrator, a painter, and a poet.  I wanted to depict him as a Poet, and was heavily influenced by his self-portraits.  He has been the largest influence on my creative life.  Smiley

His website:  http://www.mervynpeake.org/

105  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Morbid Acuteness of the Senses on: July 27, 2013 01:13:57 PM
For the Summer Nerd Games July Textbook Challenge, I chose the Nervous System as embodied by Roderick Ushers painfully delicate senses.

He entered, at some length, into what he conceived to be the nature of his malady. It was, he said, a constitutional and a family evil, and one for which he despaired to find a remedy - a mere nervous affection, he immediately added, which would undoubtedly soon pass off. It displayed itself in a host of unnatural sensations. Some of these, as he detailed them, interested and bewildered me ; although, perhaps, the terms, and the general manner of the narration had their weight. He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses ; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture ; the odors of all flowers were oppressive ; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light ; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror.

I was strongly influenced by Vincent Prices depiction of Roderick Usher in the Roger Corman House of Usher film. This embroidery almost drove me MAD!  Shocked  It was by far the most difficult I've done.

Also, first time I've done crazy quilting.

106  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Feejee Mermaid - Alive! on: July 24, 2013 12:50:30 PM
Here's the Feejee Mermaid I made for Cackle in the Sideshow Swap.  Stumpwork on felt for arms and fins, with upholstery fabric for the scales on the body.  Head padded with felt.   Based on a Pygmy Marmoset.  She holds artificial pearls.

107  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies on: July 08, 2013 03:18:21 PM
For the Summer Nerd Games July Wordy Challenge, an embroidery inspired by the proverb A closed mouth catches no flies.  4 1/2 inches in diameter.  Stumpwork fly with silk wings.

108  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Osseous 'Orse on: June 24, 2013 01:18:01 PM
For the Summer Nerd Games June "SuperFan" challenge I did this scene inspired by the song Dr. Alfred Prunesquallor of Gormenghast sings to his sister Irma after he slips a sedative in her drink so she can go to dreamland and be a lady all night long and stop annoying him.  This project was a challenge for me as my first foray into a papercrafted tunnel scene. It made me really appreciate the skills of those who seem to do this so effortlessly.

Heres the song which we must imagine the Doctor singing in his bizarre high-pitched voice:

Come, flick the ulna juggler-wise
And twang the tibia for me!
O Osseous orse, the future lies
Like serum on the sea.

Green fields and buttercups no more
Regale you with delight, no, no!
The tonic tempests leap and pour
Through your white pelvis ever so.

Come, clap your scapulae and twitch
The pale pagoda of your spine,
Removed from lifes eternal itch
What need for iodine?

The Osseous orse sat up at once
And clanged his ribs in Biblic pride.
I fear I looked at him askance
Though he had naught to hide....

No hide at all....just...

And he forgets the rest of the song, but Irma has by now passed out and is carted away on a stretcher....

Gormenghast and characters invented by Mervyn Peake.  His website:  http://www.mervynpeake.org/

Sides and top have nice anatomical bits:

109  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Lover Passed on: June 18, 2013 07:50:14 AM
For the Summer Nerd Games June Multimedia challenge I did this embroidery inspired by Lovers Eye jewelry from the Georgian period.  If the eye was surrounded by blue or clouds it meant the subject was deceased.   

110  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Room of Roots on: June 09, 2013 02:37:19 PM
For the Summer Nerd Games I made this 1:48 scale model of The Room of Roots from the novel Titus Groan.

The Room was once filled with soil and a tree grew from the window hundreds of years ago.  Now the soil is gone and the roots only inhabit the room, with the dead Tree protruding from the face of the Castle wall.  The Ladies Cora and Clarice, idiot twin sisters of the Earl of Gormenghast, spent three years painting the roots in the hope of luring birds to roost and nest in them, a project which ended in utter failure.    But the sisters can still enjoy sitting out on the Tree, hundreds of feet in the air.  Steerpike, who has ambitious plans of moving up in the Castle hierarchy, is lurking in the doorway.

Gormenghast, settings and characters invented by Mervyn Peake.  His website: http://www.mervynpeake.org/
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