Friday, April 11, 2008

Tattoo Girl, Cupcake Toppers and New Leipzig Show

Yesterday I ran out of Cranapple felt which is what I needed to finish this hardcore chick's hair.  She is a really fun request by a girl named MizzMonsta.  MizzMonsta wanted an ungrumpy girl version of Buster Brown (who got to go to Warsaw by the way, which I think is amazing---I wish I were Buster Brown).  Speaking of tattoos, I noticed in Flickr that Mimi has a little something cooking up--get a sneak peek here. I attached the head fabric to the body fabric with this fancy stitch that my machine from the future has.  It looks like a tattoo someone who isn't severely afraid of pain might get around their neck.

And here is my progress on the cupcake toppers.  The one in the upper right is just a mock up.  It is kind of fun to work small.  You can see her black legs are already stuffed.  I don't want to make these guys too busy but I would really love to use the heart stitch somehow.  Maybe at the bottom of the bear suits.  This polar bear girl will also have a pink sash at the bottom of her suit because their colors are white, black and hot pink.

Next are some shots from a show Joseph and I went to yesterday.  This show has been traveling around America, and we actually drove for 6 hours in the snow (I'm adding that for effect, I actually can't remember if it was snowing) a few months back to see it when it was in Kansas City.  Then, on the ride back home as I was flipping through the catalogue I noticed that the show would be coming to a town that is less than an hour away from us.  What can you do? Kansas City is a very cool place.  It reminded me of Memphis, lots of character and slightly gritty.  I like a little grit to my towns.  Bloomington has no grit, but the nice thing about Bloomington is that there is virtually no crime here unless you count talking drunk and loud at a close proximity to my window at 2 in the morning.  If that is the case then there is a lot of crime here.  

Here are the pictures.  They are the New Leipzig painters and they are so exciting.

This room is full of a man named Christoph Ruckhaberle's paintings.

And here is a close-up of Neo Rauch's painting.  This is the most inventive man in the world
I don't know who else could look at a painting of an egg on a skillet and then step back and say, "Do you know what that needs? 
It needs a lizard, that is what it needs."

And over here is Neo Rauch's shot out to all you knitters out there!


Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Nichol!
Great post! I love to see the art you like and that you are making. :) The cupcake toppers are so cute! are you hand sewing or machine sewing them? I am still new at the sewing machine and small seems so hard to do.
You inspire me!have a great weekend!

Mary (craft addict) said...

The last time I was in Bloomington, I saw a woman in Wal-mart showing off to the world that she had on no underwear, courtesy of a low-rise pair of jeans that would not stay up in the back. That, my friend, was a crime.

Nichol Brinkman said...

Oh dear.