Monday, 10 September 2012

There was an old lady who...lived on a coaster?

Remember that miniature knitting I did?
Well I wanted to do something with it so I made an old lady who could use it.

The knitting needed to be a bit longer so I first had to re-teach myself how to knit (thank you youtube).

The old lady started off looking pretty creepy.
I used Sculpey but still haven't got the baking times right as she came out of the oven with varying skin tones.

I'd never tried sculpting a face before and I'm actually surprised with how it turned out. I used my fingernails and a needle to get all the detail. And by detail, I mostly mean wrinkles.

While I was sculpting the old lady's face I happened to be listening to the episode of This American Life which was a tribute to David Rakoff who had died the week before. It made me sad towards the old lady and made her seem more frail.

For her wispy hair I used some polyester stuffing, I made her some tiny wire spectacles, and I gave her a pearl necklace, cos old ladys like pearls, right?
Her jumper is made from a cardigan that I bought to use as the carpet in my model bedroom.

Making the rocking chair was a fun challenge, like when I made a wheelie bin for my degree show piece.
I think this is the first cardboard miniature thing I've made since graduating.

I also made her a little knitting bag to keep the rest of her wool in.
And so you like her fluffy pink slippers?
They're made from a flannel that I bought to use as the carpet in the bedroom of my degree show house.
Nothing gets wasted over here!

What should I name this old lady?
I think she could easily be a Gladys, or an Enid, or a Judith.
Any thoughts? Hit me with your best old lady names.

3 comments:

  1. This little old lady just rocks my socks!! Old people make me so excited and this totally reminds me of my best friend. *bffs getting old together*

    Old Betsy!

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  2. This is beyond amazing!I'm always amazed by your talent xx

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  3. Mavis. Or Maude. She definitely looks like a Mavis or a Maude. Also, she is awesome.

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