Saturday, April 7, 2007
Ugly Boyfriend Doll
I have been reading Elsie Flannigan's blog A Beautiful Mess; she is a scrapbook designer that some of my croppin' cronies really like. Her style is akin to mine in design, but different in execution and our color palettes are totally foreign from each other. But what i really like is her attitude and the fact that she does art every day (and gets PAID for it). One of her projects is called Red Velvet Art, which is her and 2 other women (sisters, friends, both?) making projects that you can buy. Anyhoo, yesterday on the RVA blog there was a challenge for Ugly Dolls - felt dolls that are so hideous they are adorable. I was intrigued. After all, this project is not in my medium, not my natural style, not my natural materials and utilizes needle skills (when we all know mine suck). It seemed like a real challenge to my skills and goodness knows there is plenty of felt laying around the studio, so last night i made my Ugly Boyfriend Doll. His name is Henry (though he secretly wishes people would call him Big Hank). Yes, his eyes are mismatched (though deep, deep green), his nose has been broken a few too many times, his sardonic smile is always a bit crooked, we won't even talk about his hair, he has a bum knee from an old hockey injury, his seams are ragged and you can see straight into his flannel innards where his heart should be, but he brought you a rose and his heart is actually on his sleeve. Won't you love him?