Friday, 22 April 2011

Shrooms for Lara ;D


A simple line etching with tons of stuff added onto it. Inks, markers pens, acrylic, and coloured pencils too I think. Lara has a much better pic at her blog- I think it was a lot darker that this scan... from what I can remember of drawing it...

It's fun putting a load of random things together to make an interesting shape. Fungi has such interesting shapes and the types differ a lot, but they do a similar feel whichever you draw. It's funny....I guess it's the fleshiness that makes them look so interesting, the way they grow, plus the slightly predatory look they have (to me anyhow....)

Friday, 15 April 2011

The Butterfly Dance

I am actually supposed to be typing, but I just had to post this. Loie Fuller was probably the most famous proponent of this style, but it was a popular dance throughout musichalls (which were very popular theatre-like entertainment venues for the working-class, which used a variety of performers in comedy, ventriloquism, dance, occasional general nudeness, and comic songs )

The Butterfly dance was created with a loose flowing garment with long side panels, which were stiffened with long poles, and rapidly swirled in various patterns, creating an odd vortex-like pattern.

It it almost hallucinogenic watching this- rather like looking at a fractal music visualiser- very alien and artificial but very flowing and natural at the same time. At first it just looks like the performer is wildly flinging her arms about, but as you pay more attention you realise that it actually takes a lot of good timing and requires concentration to avoid getting into a hopeless tangle.

This video has a lot of different performers, so I recommend watching the lot- the individual styles vary quite a bit, though you might start recognising some stock moves. It looks like it could be incorporated into Poi performances to good effect as it has some qualities in common!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sea Creatures

Sea urchins! Or kind of....

I think I might have gotten the urge to knit these because of my maternal grandmother. Her house was very tidy- almost too tidy- but also relaxing and calm. She had a large bookcase with a large sea urchin in it, which also held books on astronomy, natural history, and shipping. I haven't seen the urchin recently, so maybe she left it behind when she moved.

They feel pleasant to hold in the palm of your hand

I rather like the way they look on this old acrylic jacket lining- almost like some sort of strange fungus, and as if they are made of the same substance as the background (which they patently aren't)

I used this pattern by Evergreen Knits (you can also get the PDF on Rav)

I'd strongly recommend using feltable wool- also, be careful not to leave too many gaps when you make the bobbles- keep the yarn reasonably taut and you won't have to spend as long prodding them as I did ;p. It's a lovely pattern- quick, simple and clever.