Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Rat Factory

The last five days I've been fairly miserable with the most incredibly sore throat, fever and now a cough that won't stop, however I keep at it here in my studio. This week the mask orders have piled up like a second Halloween and I'm of course very busy making rat hats.

These rats are for a production of "Coraline" To be performed by a ballet company in London.

As you can see they have red crystal eyes. All the rats in this picture have already been shipped to London.

From my design you can see that they have a pocket on top of their heads for a soul (the ball) that the dancers present to Coraline at the end of the dance.

The lead dancer will be wearing this rat mask. The ears are detached because they will be fixed to a top hat for the performance.

I'm making 13 head dresses and each one fits a specific dancer.

This is one of the labels I use while it's in progress. While I make each rat I'll refer to them by name. Such as "Flora needs her eyes painted" or "Grace's ears are drying"...

...Or "Oh yes, Sonia over there is still in pieces".

Anyway I have shipped the mask and the first 3 head dresses 5 more are in various stages around my desk. That leaves 5 I haven't even started.... It's going to be a long month!

In other news- today marks 10 YEARS since my very first post on this blog. Everything was different then... Take a look!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Vegan Food Festival

On Saturday we headed out to the Vegan Food Festival down the street.
It was strange as a vegetarian to go somewhere that we could literally eat anything at any food seller.

Naomi was quite happy as well, as she's our resident vegan.

The festival was packed with people. When we arrived, about an hour after it started, most places were out their free samples.

Fortunately it was a beautiful day.

On the walk home we found an amazing park with this statue of jumping children. I was amazed that they were off the ground. It's almost a floating statue (just one or 2 of the kids are touching) and it creates an amazing illusion.

Naomi and I in the park on the way home.  As you can see I tried something new with this post, using Facebook images. I'm not sure if it's better.

The Lion King job has finally ended and now I'm on to the next. My new job is for a production of Coraline, to be performed by a ballet company in London. I'm making black rat head dresses with red crystal eyes for the dancers to wear. It's a tight deadline so March is bound to fly by!

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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