Saturday, August 07, 2010

my new friend...



...or, possibly A's new friend. it's good to see that a grown man can still play with plush toys - ha.

in my last post i briefly mentioned about working on something a bit more three dimensional. well, here he is. a little humpy to swim in the local waters. i am still completely enamoured with hand stitching, enjoying the peace of not having to be tied to the machine; something i can do quietly wherever i feel like it - on the patio, in front of the tv, etc. kind of like knitting, which i have been neglecting a lot lately (do you know how hot it's been??? but still there is a cardigan in the works, eventually, crap, getting off on a tangent...). i am still working on more hanging art pieces/quilts, and playing around with some ideas for items for the home (pillows, etc). but i've also really been wanting to try soft sculpture for a little while. and lately it's all about going where the mood strikes me, it seems.



this little guy is made from denim from a pair of jeans, scraps of linen, lots of stitches (and yay for more barnacles!), and stuffed with raw wool fleece donated from a friend's flock. i might have to make him some whale friends, and possibly some other west coast companions - dolphins, eagles, bears, perhaps a seastar or two...

with that in mind, i've been thinking a lot lately about opening an online shop. i would like to try selling my handmade items, an assortment of creatures,art pieces, and items for the home, with a focus on repurposed materials, lots of hand stitching, and a west coast spirit. is there any interest in this?

right now it's raining as i look out the window. it hasn't rained in a month, so you can feel the earth sighing with relief. however, it's supposed to switch back to dry and sunny again tomorrow for at least the next week, so we are enjoying it while it lasts. after a trip to the farmers market this morning, i am restocked with fresh veggies so dinner is looking tasty. and another use for veggies:



zucchini/beet/carrot bread, tweaked from the zucchini bread recipe in hollyhock cooks. hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

8 comments:

kate said...

OK, that whale is so adorable. What a wonderful job. I don't buy online, so can't really advise that way. But I certainly think you could be selling some of your work.

Wasn't that rain a breath of fresh air yesterday? So great, my garden looks so refreshed today. And I'm making zucchini loaf today!

sula said...

I think he's absolutely darling! Thinking in 3D with fabric amazes me. You are quite gifted.

Hege said...

Supercute whale!

Susan said...

Hi K! Thanks for visiting my site. Your blog is wonderful - I love the mix of it all - nature, food and creativity. My family is in love with your whale. My sons are fascinated with sealife - being landlocked in the midwest. I think there would most definitely be an interest in the things you make.

craftingabetterlife said...

LOVE the whale. Your work is so evocative of place, and just looking at it transports me westward. Keep up the excellent artistry!

k said...

thank you all for your kind comments - very encouraging. i'm actually building a small pod of whales right now, which will hopefully be joined by other west coast creatures as well.

Anonymous said...

I got to taste it - absolutely delicious.

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Are you kidding? I would buy that whale right now if I could. If you do decide to open a shop, please let me know.