Still making things for Bizarre Bazaar. These guys started with some sweaters found in a "free" box at an up-scale garage sale. I disguised a couple of weak spots in the knit with embroidered flower or maybe star shapes... and then liked the effect enough that I did a lot more of them. Next, I added in fabric from some thrift store Hawaiian shirts for eyes and ends of the arms and legs.
Quite a while back, I saw a tutorial online for making baskets out of strips of newspaper or magazines. (You can see it here.) Having a lot of newspapers available, I thought I'd give making one a try. Here is the result:
Not as beautiful as the baskets in the tutorial... In fact, it didn't really stand up on its own. The weaving was too loose. I didn't finish off the top edge. After it sat around for a month or two, I gave it to my small green bird. He loves to shred paper. Here is his first day's work:
I thought I would do a picture diary of the destruction, but he and I have concentration issues... working in fits and starts. So, here is a picture from later in the week:
Here is a while later, when I noticed he had chewed a nice hole:
And here is a month or so along:
Shortly after that, I got tired of cleaning up paper bits from the floor and I threw away the whole mess. That colorful, store-bought bird pinata is the focus of his efforts now, and it is coming apart in record time.
So, my number one daughter and I attended the opening at the Topeka Competition 29 show at the Alice Sabatini Gallery in, of course, Topeka. A very nice event. There are pictures of the exhibit here. My favorite piece in the exhibit is this plaid rhino head by Jason Shaw.
"Plaid Rhino" is made out of a plaid flannel-which seems very huggable, with wood horns-that are not huggable. There is a lot of humor in the pieces that were juried into this show... so much so that I kinda wonder how my two quilts got in... but here they are
I had two quilts, "Tiger Stripes" and "Geode Slices", accepted into the Topeka Competition 29 exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. The exhibit opens this Friday... judging by the pieces selected for the postcard, this looks like an interesting show.