Since the final year of my Bachelor’s degree (in Visual Arts) I’ve been incorporating cute (and sometimes slightly odd) creatures into my landscape paintings. Recently I was offered the opportunity to have some creatures on display and for sale at The Front Room – away from their landscape habitats!
While I’ve made small creatures before as gifts for people, it has been a challenge getting them to a standard I’m happy with for public display and sale. I’ve spent the best part of the last two weeks learning new stitches, drawing up little sketches, and bringing some wee fellows to life. This week I took them out for a little photo shoot, as I’ll be delivering them to the gallery next week and felt they needed some fresh air (and photo opportunities) before I part with them!
Cute! I will be endeavouring to create more of these fun little fellows as I have another project coming up in July at which I’d like to have a whole bunch to sell! In the meantime, hopefully people are interested in them at the gallery. If anyone reading this would like one, I can do custom colours/faces/bodies perhaps!
I used to incorporate sewing into my work. In the final year of my degree, I presented a series of works that I’m still very fond of that were similar to the work I’m doing now, in that they were abstract landscapes. The difference with these works was the inclusion of hand-sewn plush creatures. This week I decided to start sewing again.
I made 2 little creatures, including the one pictured above. I’m considering painting a place for them to live, but I’m not sure yet.
As well as these tiny creatures, each of which measures no more than a couple of centimetres in height, I also made a gift for my brother-in-law’s birthday. It seems so weird calling him my brother-in-law, as my sister only got married a couple of months ago. Anyway, here he is (the creature, not the brother-in-law):
My sewing skills seem to have deteriorated a little in the couple of years break I took from sewing, and the fact that I don’t use a machine means that there are very obvious flaws in the stitching – but I kind of like that.
So what does anyone else think? Should I keep sewing and perhaps re-incorporate these creatures into my paintings?