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« on: October 08, 2007 05:16:22 AM »

I have a couple of books by artist Patrick Woodroffe, a fantasy/surreal artist, and there’s one particular creature that appears in several pictures that I have always loved. I have a thing about snails and I have a thing about elephants, so the Marsh Elephant-Snail is my perfect creature! Since I’ve been crocheting creatures I’ve had it in the back of my mind to try making one some day, and recently I’ve kept looking at snails, trying to work out the best way to crochet a shell. So, when this challenge came up, I knew what I had to do.

Here is my elephant-snail enjoying the garden.





I looked online for a picture, not too easy. On Patrick Woodroffe’s site:
http://www.patrickwoodroffe-world.com/books.htm
you will see an elephant-snail on the cover of his book, ‘Mythopoeikon’. The book I have is ‘Hallelujah Anyway’, where the elephant-snails are a little different, but I’m afraid I couldn’t find a picture online that shows them. Hopefully you get the idea. This is what the book says about them. “The pseudo-gastropod Elephas Minimus Paluster (the Marsh Elephant-Snail) emerges from hibernation in late April or early May, when it feeds voraciously on Spring blossoms, notably the Forget-me-not (Myosotis Sylvatica). It has the reputation of frequently invading gardens in order to graze on this plant.”

You can also see a picture from ‘Mythopoeikon’ here: http://news.myspace.com/arts/illustration/item/10693798 This shot shows my elephant-snail in a similar pose:


Here’s a few more thumbnails to show him at various different angles.






One picture I worked from had the elephant-snail in this pose, with the footnote “Superbly adapted to life in thickly-vegetated wetlands and forests, Elephas Minimus Paluster is helped in its arboreal foraging by its prehensile snout and sucker-like feet.”



I hope you all like him as much as I do!
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007 05:35:31 AM »

ahhh i want one for my garden! i dont think my mum would mind it if it had elephant genes!
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007 05:39:18 AM »

Absolutely brilliant!  That is something to be truly proud of.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007 06:44:30 AM »

How funky!  Great construction, he looks really cool. 
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ooh it's beautiful!!! very original
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007 08:34:59 AM »

Love him-even if I'm not fond of snails eating my garden!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2007 09:57:17 AM »

Wow, that's awesome! I mean, I'm always in awe of your stuff, but that's amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2007 09:59:56 AM »

How awesome! I love it!  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2007 10:14:49 AM »

Aaaaaaaw, I want one too, he is so adorable  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2007 10:38:27 AM »

It's brilliant!  Angry Angel, you always do such lovely work Cheesy
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