Monday, January 25


I was inspired to make these because of my love of silhouettes, and the artists who do them best - the German animator, Lotte Reiniger, and American artist, Cara Walker. I took a series of profile pictures for reference, drew from those, and then cut them out of black construction paper using a very tiny pair of scissors. I went on to choose vintage oval frames to place them in. ^__^

Bottle caps and Woodblock Type

My friend Jessica collects bottle caps and has been for quite some time. She has buckets full, and shelves full of the buckets, and they are fitted in crevices. We wanted to devise a plan to utilize some of these, so we decided to make some fun magnets out of them. I ended up stamping out the names using my favorite alphabet rubber stamp set that resembles old woodblock type. Then I filled them with cold resin, and after an overnight sitting, and adhering the magnets to the backs, they were ready for display!

the Intensity of Felted Soap

It's been a while since I posted. Despite my absence, I've been making things all along and especially during the holidays for presents. The rest of my free time I am working on my animated short film (an illustrated/ AEFX / Stopmotion ) project I'm very excited about! More to come on that later....

So this felted soap business: My friend Tita was telling me how Anthropologie was charging $15 dollars for these particular felted soaps, and that they are relatively easy to make - (theoretically, that is). You take a sweet smelling bar of soap, and wrap it in roving wool, then you place it in some women's stockings - and getting the soap and the wool wet - you then rub the whole bundle against a bamboo mat on all sides vigorously until the wool begins to knot itself around the soap also making a big soapy mess. The idea is that the wool acts as a washcloth, so you won't need one, and as the soap shrinks, the wool does as well.

I made a few. They turned out rather cute, but they were quite challenging on my weak arm muscles. :/

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