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Topic: Changing Perceptions through Crafting  (Read 880 times)
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sarahpanda
« on: July 15, 2008 09:29:49 AM »

My idea is inspired by this project:

<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/2493149395_2a16083f41.jpg">

Choctopus is doing a series of embroidery pieces featuring dictators. The embroidery makes them look kind of sweet and child-like. So my idea is to take something traditionally unpleasant--Hitler is a good example--and make it seem sweet and lovely. Another good example is the adorable amigurumi smiling poos that are so popular, because poo is generally unpleasant but the amigurumi version is really cute.

<img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/106075190_2f3e0b336b.jpg">

I suppose that Cthulhu, who is pretty popular as an icon, is an unpleasant topic that can be crafted to be pretty cute. One could also make adorable versions of the Joker, or the President, or Freddy Kreuger I suppose. It could be limited to "bad" people, or it could be anything unpleasant (nuclear waste, great white sharks, those ladies at the DMV).

The only limitation I would suggest is no depictions of violence. Adorable zombies are great and all, but it would be too easy for people to get carried away and someone end up entering an "adorable" version of people being napalmed or something. We don't want people to be traumatized, just for them to look at something in a different way. Seeing Hitler in embroidery really challenged my thinking, so that would be the intent here.
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