I'm so excited to share this. It's a cute little puppet theater that I made! The first of it's kind for me and definitely not the last! It's made of wood, paper, digital artwork, plastic, string, and lots and lots of labor! The little tag has the faded word "Bloom" on it and even sweet little Bethezda the cat makes a brief showing now and again. I've absolutely fallen in love with automata and puppetry. What got me thinking about this was a series of things which just built on each other. The first was my love of papercutting, then I started exploring animation and watching some of the old silhouette animated movies. Then I was further intrigued when an episode of Make featured an artist's collective named the Lotus Girls. They had a demonstration of some of their pieces which were these huge fire emitting metal sculptures. It wasn't just the mechanics of it all that left me awe struck, but also the idea that viewer manipulation of the piece was an essential part of their art. There is definitely something striking in that. At the same time I did some research and discovered some wonderful books that explored the world of automata and there you have it. I've made it available in my Gumball Grenade Shop!
Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Cuddles Pin here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So I'm still getting ramped up for the upcoming show and I'll be taking a bunch of these wonderfully charming, little art boxes! This is just a small sampling of what I've been working on. They're quite time consuming but well worth the end result. Have a lookie! As time permits I'll be adding them to the Gumball Grenade shop and what's left goes to the show!
...So I just checked in on the one's I just listed and saw that one box had 97 views! I said "This is a mistake. There's no way." Then I checked the front page of Etsy.com and to my delight saw this:
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Happy Easter! I hope you are all having a nice Easter morning! I've been overwhelmingly busy making up new items for the shop and for a show coming up at the end of April. However, I need to catch up with you all and announce the next giveaway! The winner of the March giveaway was number 12 (Candy).
Details: Made of shrink plastic and sealed with an acrylic sealer. Not to be submerged in water :) Nickle Pin Back. Approximate Dimensions: 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) wide X 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)long **NOT Intended for Children**
To win this sweet little pin simply visit my Gumball Grenade shop then return to this post and leave a comment regarding something in my shop! Simple! Winner will be selected with Random.org and entries close on April 30th! Enjoy your day!