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« on: January 03, 2009 08:23:45 AM »

My husband and I collaborated on this and took pictures and made notes from beginning to end. I am focusing on my knitting here but I don't know if this would fit better in another board..please let me know!

October 5, 2008: Cuyler is taking a Sci Fi Lit class, and came up with an amazing idea for a final project based on the story of Dr. Carl von Cosel. If you have not heard this story, would like to, are over 18 and have a strong stomach, Google this: A Demented Love: The Story of Carl von Cosels Obsession

We wanted to tell the story of what might have happened had the doctor's plan to bring Elena's body into space worked. We decided to do a photographic story in silent film style, using knitted dolls and a polymer clay spaceship. I designed and knitted the dolls and he painstakingly made the ship, we both helped with the paper backgrounds and photography (neither of us is any good at photography). If anyone is interested in the pattern for the dolls I could probably come up with something.

Basic idea: Doctor wants to bring a dead girl back to life. He is convinced that space radiation will cure her, so he builds a ship to bring her into space. It works, but in his excitement he opens the tank she is in, releasing the radiation and killing him. The ship crashes on Mars and she is left to wander the planet alone. The full project is 20 photos or so and we are working on posting it as a slideshow on Youtube or something...I will add that link when we get there.

Here are the preliminary sketches my husband did:

Here is my work started:

Here are some of the finished pictures:

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Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slope.
The forest of talking trees,
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
The bees had declared a war,
The sky wasn't big enough for them all.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 08:46:37 AM »

I googled the story. O-kay....

On a related note, I love your dolls and I think your photography is just fine. Very moody.

« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 11:06:33 AM »

I'd never heard of this story, but thanks for enlightening me.  What a great project to work on together and I think the photos tell the story perfectly. 
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 12:30:59 PM »

I haven't read the story yet, but from your little paraphrase, I think you guys did a great job! The dolls are adorable, and your choice of the black and white grainy photos really does make it seem like an old silent film...I keep waiting for the scene of the train about to run over the person on the tracks. Hahaha, that was silly. You know what I mean though?

Oh, and did you use a pattern for the dolls, or did you make them up as you went along?
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009 08:38:52 PM »

OMG, this is so awesome.  Your dolls are great, and the B&W photog is perfect (for the rather intense subject matter).  I love the final shot, so creative.  Can't wait to see the finished result. 
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009 04:35:09 AM »

What an awesome project, it's so nice to combine crafts for ideas like this, especially if the result is so beautiful and creative, really nice, I love it!

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2009 05:44:14 PM »

Wonderful!  I particularly liked to Pyrex bubble.
I sent the link to my boyfriend - an animation/film nut and this was his reply "The sci-fi story is really interesting. A lot of animation potential...  Obsession is interesting though"

He thinks I'm a nut coz I want more stash, and knit all the time.

I love your dolls, very Coraline, even before Coraline comes out!
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009 06:34:15 PM »

Wow! that is def very creative .....who would have thunk it. Knit dolls used in stop animation. Very nice!!

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