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meg4568
« on: February 03, 2005 09:16:02 AM »

so my big moneymaker right now is felted animals. the thing is there are all kinds on the internet just like mine and i need a "thing" because i want to start a website soon.
Unfortunately the only thing i'm really interested in is art and most people wouldnt get it if i just put a dali mustache on an animal or gave one a big uni-brow or something.

so how do other people think of ideas? i've been asking friends but the only ideas come way too clse to the cheezy vermont teddybear or beanie baby stuff, and i want to stay away from that.

help!! Cry
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2005 12:55:30 PM »

Well, inspiration can come from almost anywhere...My idea for my latest painting came about due to watching Antiques Roadshow while on Lortab, for instance...Other times I see something I kind of like and just sort of play 'what if?' with it, mentally changing first one detail and then another until it evolves into something totally unrecognizable.  Mind you, I'm doing more clothing and accessories( and art), rather than stuffed animals, but those are ways of getting the creative process going generally.   
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2005 07:00:43 PM »

Unfortunately the only thing i'm really interested in is art and most people wouldnt get it if i just put a dali mustache on an animal or gave one a big uni-brow or something.

Actually, I think that mustache thing is hilarious, and I'm willing to bet there are people out there willing to buy a cute hippo with a mustache and maybe some glasses... I would. (well that's because i <3 hippos)

Don't change your art to satisfy other people's whims. Art is something personal, and you should make it because you want to and you love it. Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2005 06:30:18 PM »

I dont htink of ideas- it comes more from dumping a bunch of dyes and fibers together, and blending them (or not!) to see what happens.  I may start out with a genreal idea of how i want the yarn i spin to look (bulky vs laceweight, type of texture, etc) but i really like to just work with the materials and see what happens.  Art is for the sake of art and what you like, not what the commercial world likes (though thtat does help of course, though people do like to be shocked upon occasion!)
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2005 06:31:23 AM »

call me an oddball, but I think a stuffed animal in a unibrow would be cool. Unique enough to remember and if done right still adorable.  The people you would be marketing to here is collectors not kids.  For ages I collected cats.  The unique ones always drew my attention.  Hmmm. kitten with unibrow and a surly attitude?
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2005 11:56:28 AM »

I agree--animals with a mustache or unibrow would catch my eye.  You could name the animals if you want folks to get the art reference--"Dali Dog", that sort of thing.  The name would stick with folks too.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2005 04:38:59 PM »

ohhhh good one.

can i use that?
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2005 06:22:11 PM »

Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation owns the copyrights I believe so you'd have to seek their permission first.  I think the artsy animals could definately sell though!  I know I would buy a kitty with a unique twist.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2005 06:42:30 PM »

can i use that?

Glad you liked it.  As long as it is ok with the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, it's fine with me, though I wouldn't mind getting credit for naming the pups.... 
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