Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The guest artist is non other than my 11 year old daughter. All of these were created by her. She had the opportunity to spend a few days with a felting friend, Denise, while Denise was doing an artist in residence stint. Denise makes absolutely beautiful felted creations and Mira really learned a lot while she was with her. Denise does mainly wet felting, which is something that I know only a little about. I never realized how little until I saw what Denise was doing. Denise showed her how to felt over a balloon and gave basic instructions on flower making. These were the results.
Next came the seahorse. Mira made a pattern, cut him out, stitched him up, and beaded him. He is 7" tall. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Did anyone out there see "Finding Nemo"? Do you remember the Angler Fish at the bottom of the ocean? This was actually one that she made after Denise gave her a 30 second tutorial on wet felting one day a few weeks ago. He was made in white fleece and I dyed him red at her request. Other than that, she goes into her room, or the bathroom if it involves water, and comes out with things like this! She is about 10"x6.5". We know that it is a she because the he's are very small. Angler Fish females can get up to about 4 feet. The males, once they come across a female, actually fuse themselves to her and act like a parasite. But seeing as they are only an inch or two, it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to her. And she is lucky enough to get a permanent male to fertilize her eggs. Some females actually have several males attached to them. I bet that is more than you ever wanted to know about Angler Fish.
And lastly is her Dragon Snake. She worked on him for weeks. He is made out of Fimo, which for those of you who don't know, is a polymer clay that comes in many different colours and hardens when baked in the oven. All of the spots of colour were all individually rolled balls that were then squashed flat and then applied to the snake body to make the scales. Some of the colours were mixed by her if she could not find a particular shade that she wanted. I didn't even turn the oven on. She did the whole thing. He is 5"x3.5".
So, people, what do you think? I am sure that Mira will enjoy reading your comments, so say something, okay?