Saturday, April 23, 2011

New things and my lawn fish

I got a new car the other day. I like it. After 16 years of driving my other car, its nice to have something more modern with electric windows and a cd player and all the other nifty things it does.
So I cleaned out the old car which my husband is driving now instead of the big pick up truck gas guzzler
he has.  I found some interesting things.

Maps, one winter glove, bandaids, a water pistol, a travel game, a picture of my daughter from when she was in 4th grade, two dishwashing gloves, two felt balls and a red felt neclace. two sticky pieces of velcro, hook side only. a piece of driftwood. and a few other items like pens and such...  Interesting collection.

I had 4 maps of pennsylvania so I used them to wrap up stuff for an Easter game we will be playing after dinner tomorrow. Why not reuse, recycle and have fun.

So I decided to work on my Felt United piece, a giant lawn fish that may become a lawn weather vane depending on various factors.  I made the resist the other day. Its 57 inches (144.8cm) long.

 I added a Gill flap on each side

And those bottom fins they have.  I had to sew the resist together because I did not have a big enough
piece of foamy stuff to make it in one piece.  It looks pretty cool.

So my new friend Ginny has offered me some suggestions and I am going to her place to do some fish dying with different techniques.  Now I have to get this fish felted by June. I have two different wools I need to do a sample on to see what shrinkage is going to be.  Lots of felting to be done.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gyotaku fish printing

Yes I am somewhat obsessed with fish, mainly because I have spent so many years fishing, for fun, in tournaments and as a kid.  Last night I got a chance to do something I have always wanted to try. Making a fish print.  Also known as Gyotaku.

 I recently joined the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman which has opened up the local Bucks County Chapter to me. Last night I went to the meeting, mainly to see what the group was like, and because of the fish printing.  OK so it was more like because of the fish printing.  Its a very nice group of talented people but let me tell you about the Fish printing demo.  It was awesome!

Michael Reimer did several fish printings of a Crevalle Jack. Yes it was a real fish.  He showed us how he makes a foam bed of sorts to keep the fish stable, inking up the fish and the careful placement of paper and the rubbing.

I never thought I would actually get to make a fish print, but he asked if anyone wanted to and in my excitement I jumped up and said "I want to".  His are so much better but for a first timer I think I did a nice job. 

Take a look at his web site. I am drooling over the walleye print he did but its way out of my price range.