Tuesday, April 29, 2008

the latest

rest feed

Busy week this week: I'm finishing up some work, tying up loose ends and packing for shipping. After I get this load off to the new gallery I can return to some important gigs, i.e. commissions.

But I have a few links to share before I return to the trenches. The first one totally intrigues me because I have seen articles about wool felting in places like Etsy and craft blogs, but being particularly stunted in my crafts growth, have no idea what it is, really. But if this is it, then I'm in!

More cute fuzzies here. These are all really creative uses of mainstream materials. Sometimes traditional media, like, say, crayons, can actually be the artwork. I also like it when prosaic objects like Lego or annuals/yearbooks are the inspiration for something totally unexpected.

Finally, I was really amused by Ellen and Melody's blast from the past when they showed off their '80s hair yesterday. I'm too chicken to post it on my blog, but if you take a look here, you, too, can be wowed by my Big Hair (and read the 'back story'). Feel free to make this into a meme-for-the-middle-aged and then let us know!


Blogger Melody said...

Stephanie's work is amazing. I think the process is called needle felting. I've worked with felted wool before but could never pull off anything like that. Wow! The 80's hair thing....I can't believe I actually put that on my blog. Have I no shame? Love the two pieces your sending off to gallery? Are they acrylic on canvas?

30/4/08 4:35 a.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

I love that photo - and the hair! And I had to laugh ... I too went the 'extra' route in the 80s (living in Toronto) and also got 'upgraded' to stand-in status at one point, in a film with Theresa Russel (who?) and Burt Reynolds. I can't even remember the name of the chick I was standing in for - oh wait, yes I do - Kay Lenz. The film bombed, and like you I completely lost all regard for Hollywood. However, I realized why H films have those astronomical budgets - 90% probably goes into the 'craft service' i.e. the food, booze etc. they serve there all day long, every day.

30/4/08 5:16 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Melody: Your picture is pretty tame, but did you follow the link to mine, full makeup and all? I'd feel embarrassed putting THAT one on my blog. These are both drawings in light or metallic on black paper.

Alda: I know! This was a 12-hour shoot and keeping the hordes from revolting must be a big part of it. (And whatever happened to Theresa Russel?)

30/4/08 6:37 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Felting is intriguing, but I've decided not to indulge myself by taking on a new medium. I would get side tracked.

Hmmm, 80's hair. I swear, I never had any photos taking then. ;D

30/4/08 6:50 a.m.  
Blogger Donn said...

The expression on your Head Shot is priceless...
it screams "Oh Hell WHY NOT?"

I got into a staring match with Angus McFayden (The Bruce in Braveheart) when I was an extra in a film with Ann Margaret...and Yes I won! Neener Neener Neener!

I think that he was bitter that she kept grabbing my ass.

30/4/08 8:17 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Amazing links, and you've done you're primal series paintings with the metallic drawing technique. I love it, it looks fantastic! You're studio shot - didn't I see you in an episode of MacGyver? no wait, you played Diane Chambers' sister in a 'Cheers' episode, am I right?

30/4/08 10:18 a.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

I'm starting to see compulsive felters everywhere! (Have you seen PG's blog http://allaroundus.blogspot.com/ where she demonstrates her new felting addiction - but turning her 2D drawings into three dimensional critters? Fun approach).

I was an extra for a few local commercials in college. Boring as all get-out, but since we were always near-starvation, it helped keep us in groceries. :-)

And thanks, but I'm actually crap at drawing horses. I was surprised at how *much* so. I haven't really focused on horse anatomy since my young-girl-horse-crazy-phase in junior high (why is that such a universal thing, I wonder?). These books are being done in conjunction with horse-gods, Breyer - so it was incredibly nerve wracking. Luckily I had a second illustrator on this project, and she took all the interior horses and I only had to do them on the covers...

I am SO glad to have that overwith!!! I wasn't quite sure I was going to survive this last month...

30/4/08 7:55 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

OK...hair confession coming up at my place.Tomorrow, probably. I couldn't get a reasonable scan and had to use the Fuji.

I like the black treatment for those roots from "Primal." (And I haven't forgotten Epoch!)

30/4/08 10:15 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Cynthia: Me neither... :)

Donn: Did Ann-Margret defy gravity in real life or is she one of the old school Hollywood broads? (no comments on your ass)

Ellen: Peeking! Being Dinae Chambers' sister, though, would make me look so GOOD.

Tara: Good to see you out and about and I had more than a couple of Breyer horses in my time ... (shhhh)

Dinah: Yeah yeah. I want to see REAL bad hair.

1/5/08 1:25 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

You made me smile a lot, this morning! I needed that! Thanks.... Have you seen the felted Teddy Skull with EARS!?!?!? :))))

5/5/08 6:59 a.m.  

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