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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: July 23, 2012 06:36:52 AM
Apparently I have no self-control...just sent these ten additional choices to the long-suffering cackle:

11. Roald Dahl
12. Salvador Dali (stole this from the swap thread...how did I not think of him?!)
13. Andy Warhol
14. The Ramones
15. Jean-Michel Basquiat
16. Willy Wonka
17. Goethe's Faust
18. Ralph Steadman
19. Tank Girl
20. Captain Nemo (of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap CLOSED (sendouts August 28) on: July 21, 2012 07:28:33 PM
I am afraid that I am perhaps the most flagrant violator of the "five wicked children" rule...

   1. Sherlock Holmes
   2. The Marquis de Sade
   3. Loki, Norse god of mischief
   4. Oscar Wilde
   5. David Bowie
   6. Alex DeLarge (of A Clockwork Orange)
   7. Yukio Mishima
   8. Hunter S. Thompson
   9. Sid Vicious and/or Johnny Rotten
  10. Saint Sebastian
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap on: July 20, 2012 08:27:50 AM
WOOO! I'm back from the swapping-dead

When I saw you name on the swap list, I thought, "who's that?" and looked at your profile... and then went "omg, she's the one that did that awesome room/installation!"  And your altered books and ATCs are just incredible.

Awww, thanks!  Cheesy I'm mostly a lurker these days...skulking in the shadows, picking off the good swaps like sickly wildebeests.
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Swap on: July 19, 2012 10:32:10 PM
WOOO! I'm back from the swapping-dead; since my last swap, I've become an elementary school teacher, so I would dare to consider myself an expert on wicked children by now  Roll Eyes
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dorothy parker sweater!! on: February 18, 2012 08:18:41 AM
This is totally awesome in every way, and I am super envious of your raging talent. I can't decide if Dorothy Parker's spirit is high-fiving you right now or crying at your complete abandonment of all capitalization. Maybe your next sweater should be e. e. cummings  Kiss
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Circus Elephant on Trinket Box on: June 30, 2011 10:19:35 PM
Adorable! You made a boring elephant into something awesome  Cheesy
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Christopher's Room, my first big installation! on: May 15, 2011 10:25:58 AM
Thanks, guys! Yeah, I made up the Christopher story for the installation, but I might like to do a children's book about it as well. For those who wanted to know more about the story, here's a (hopefully!) somewhat better summary:

Christopher is a young and mostly lonely (except for one childhood friend) prince, who is basically a normal kid, if a little naive. One day he and the childhood friend (the girl in the wallpaper, and one of the books that I'm not sure you can see in pictures) go out to their favorite spot to play and Christopher is attacked by the great snake Ezra who is waiting for him there. After a mighty struggle, Christopher defeats the snake, but takes up its stoic mask and wears it from then on so that any other monsters will be afraid to attack him in the future. The mask gives Christopher Ezra's deadly powers, but basically saps his personality so that he cares about nothing anymore.

When Christopher returns home, his overbearing mother, the Insect Queen, doesn't recognize her son and rejects him, instead obsessively collecting pictures and other representations of the son she now assumes is dead. His father, the king, is extremely paranoid, and sees his newly-powerful son as a tool to get rid of his enemies. Two such enemies are the Orthrus twins, Asher and Felix, who own an armory company and plan to assassinate the king. Christopher is sent by his father to kill the twins and return their hands (each with distinctive tattoos) as proof. The hand of Felix (the one with the wrist tattoo in the pictures) is put on display in a box, while Asher's fingers are each put into a box so that the king can send them to other enemies as a warning. Meanwhile, this whole time, Christopher's childhood friend, the only witness to Ezra's attack, still recognizes him and tries to pull him back to the way things used to be, but so far her efforts have been in vain.

There are a couple other things not really shown in the pictures (mostly the stuff in the cabinets; Christopher's childhood books and toys) but that's the main story. If you want to get all art-analytical, it's a story about children being placed in situations they aren't in control of or don't understand, and their ways of coping with those situations. Whew! Sorry that was so long!

Oh and as for what to do with the installation once it goes down, I give all the pieces to my friends and family, or, hell, anyone who wants to buy a chunk. I don't get attached to art very easily  Cheesy
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Christopher's Room, my first big installation! on: May 14, 2011 03:31:19 PM
This thing was super exciting to make, because I love installation art and finally got the opportunity to do a piece myself. There was too much stuff packed in there to post pictures of everything, but here are the highlights! Here's the installation itself, with me sitting at the desk. I wanted people to be able to poke around and look at everything in the cabinets and boxes:



The room follows the story of Christoper, a young prince, and his struggle against Ezra, this snakey demon sort of guy:



The story is explained in this little pamphlet; Christopher beats the snake, but takes its mask so that he doesn't get hurt again. The mask gives him strange powers, but he becomes a bit of a zombie personality-wise.



Here's a little family portrait of Christopher and his parents, the king and queen:



Christopher's mom, the Insect Queen, doesn't recognize him after he puts on Ezra's mask, so she just collects pictures of him how he used to be:



Christopher's dad, the king, uses Christopher's newfound powers to get rid of two of his potential assassins, the twins Asher and Felix Orthrus. Christopher has to deliver their hands to the king for proof. The first twin's hand:



The five fingers of the second twin, each in its separate box:



The cabinet was also full of little goodies:



Haha, this was probably confusing with just photos and a little bit of context, but hopefully you can enjoy the visual aspect of it, if not really the story/audience participation bit  Cheesy

29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cube Book in a Cube Box! on: May 14, 2011 03:15:11 PM
For this book project, I wanted to see if I could make a perfect cube in a cube box...I'm going to consider this close enough  Tongue. Here's the imposing box:



You open it up to reveal another cube:



And inside it is this coptic book I bound!



Here's the whole group together:



This thing left me ready to start a project that involves no math whatsoever  Cheesy
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thackeray Altered Book on: May 14, 2011 03:10:49 PM
I recently made this altered book out of a thrift store find called "The Adventures of Philip Volume 2." It was published in 1900, and I thought the title was so hilarious that I had to have a go. Everything inside is actually carved into the book, and when you open it, there's a pop-out dirigible!



The author's name is Thackeray, but I thought in my altered version, Thackeray could be a monster that Philip has to fight.





The two page-spreads are somewhat linked by the fact that you can see through the middle chunk into both spreads:



I liked to think of Philip as a dork who imagines grand adventures from the comfort of his study (projecting a little bit, maybe?  Cheesy) Finally, the back:

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