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« on: May 03, 2007 09:54:26 PM »

I was introduced to Anne Carson's book "The Autobiography of Red" (and the mythical character Geryon) recently, and challenged to make a stuffed little guy using the book of verse as a jumping-off point.  It took a lot of planning, actually,  and I kept trying to go for a very realistic style and getting frustrated... until.. I realized that he could be kind of boxy and funny and cute, and still fit the bill.   So, here he is.. Little Red Geryon



As you can see, he is very red; made of all kinds of fabrics, like velvet, and upholstery fabric, and flannelette and so on.  He has a ribbon around his middle that I fused silk squares onto so it would look a little like photographic film (Geryon's a picture-taker), and lots of little details, like extra stitching, and little fingers and toes. 

 I'm quite pleased with his facial expression especially.   



Here's his little repurposed-leather wings...




... and he has a little dog in the story, so I made that too - he sits up on a gusset bottom, and is just basic embroidery outlining the shape. 







Sorry for the abundance of photos, but I'm really proud of him; after a lot of torment, I think he's one of my favorite things I've ever made.  Smiley  It's a lovely book, too.. I highly recommend it.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2007 09:56:20 PM by tiph_thompson » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007 11:11:05 PM »

That's beautiful! So neatly sewn and so lovely and red! What a beautiful creation! (PS realism isn't everything. I am a hopeless realist and I can't stop myself but I give myself a lot of heartache...)
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2007 02:17:02 AM »

It's brilliant!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007 05:25:03 AM »

Wonderful! I love both the basic simplicity of shape and colour, and all the details of stitching and texture.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2007 07:04:53 AM »

your stitches are so small and neat and i love the different reds and textural effect.

i can't have a dog in my apartment, but that dog is definitely a cute substitute.
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2007 08:14:20 AM »

Thank you guys...

lindsoriah, I feel your pain.. stuffed dogs don't shed so much, or need to go out to pee, but I still wish for a real puppy. 

ludicrouslouisa.. it's ironic; I think he actually turned out to be more realistic than if I'd stuck to my original plans, just because he looks how he ought to, instead of being all awkward and forced  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2007 10:07:05 AM »

wow, they are so cool! I love them
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2007 11:43:51 AM »

I'm not familiar with the story but these little guys are totally cute. I love all the detail (such cute toes!) and the mixture of fabric.

Great work! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007 03:33:25 PM »

He's gorgeous Wink I love his face!
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2007 04:10:45 AM »

Thanks to you all   Smiley
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