Castle of Dreams: Studio Ghibli art show

Over the weekend I had some of my work up at the Castle of Dreams: Studio Ghibli tribute art show. It was a small and casual art show, with over 200 pieces of work on display in all kinds of media, free beer, and lots of fun enthusiastic people in attendance. There were paintings, sculptures, painted wood rounds (some of my favorites!), and other crocheted items in addition to mine! Check out all the goodness!

…and then there was my stuff, which looked pretty underwhelming compared to all the other amazing art that was out there.

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But hey, all three pieces got sold! If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from this, it’s that I need to learn to present my work better if it’s going to be up for purchase. I’ve gotten used to taking some photos of my critters and then unceremoniously dumping them in public places, so presentation “in the wild” wasn’t on my mind. Maybe I’ll put it all in a nice diorama and price the entire thing instead of having a bunch of sad looking little items in a glass case. One way or another a lot of great art was shared, and proceeds all went towards the Center for Recycled Art! I’ll have to look into more art shows around town, I’d definitely do this again. 🙂

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Got plans this weekend? Come see my work!

At first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to participate in this, but with a hail Mary last minute e-mail and some generosity on the part of the people running the show, I’ll have some works up at the Castle of Dreams Studio Ghibli art show this weekend! And while I still don’t sell my work, these little guys will be up for purchase at the show, where proceeds will go towards the Center for Recycled Art.

Totoro soot balls copy

This mini-Totoro is a repeat offender and this time he’ll be around with a pair of soot sprites!

Kanoashi copy

Kaonashi (aka “No Face”) is also a repeated character and he’ll be at the show, ready to eat everything in sight and take on all the emotions of the world.

Calcifer copy

And Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle is the newcomer out of all the Ghibli-related characters that I’ve crocheted in the past, burning away!

Ghibli art show copy

Come to the show to see these little guys along with LOTS of other really cool Ghibli-themed art. I only caught a small sliver of what’s to come when I dropped off my work – I spotted lots of amazing paintings and I saw that someone crocheted an ENTIRE NEKO-BUS. I can’t even imagine how much time that must have taken. I’m excited about this show, there’s going to be food trucks, drinks, and lots of cool Ghibli-themed art! Come on out!

Here’s the info:

WHEN:
Saturday, June 25th – 3PM to 9PM
Sunday, June 26th – 2PM to 5PM

WHERE:
Texas Art Asylum
1719 Live Oak
Houston, TX  77003

HOW MUCH:
$2 per person cover charge (cash only) for ages 6 and up. Kids 0-5 years old are free!

Full Facebook event posting here.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.

Since my accomplice Urian is an awesome person, it only seemed right that he gets a critter or two as thanks for helping me out with my drops this year in San Diego. When I asked him what he would like, he suggested Luffy from One Piece. To which my mental reaction was “Awesome! Wait, who?”

So yeah, I don’t watch One Piece. Never have. But it’s a fun challenge to make characters that I’m not familiar with, and considering that Urian put on a freaking banana suit to do a dance-off for little Star Lord, if the man wants a Luffy, he gets a Luffy. I did a bit of research, and here’s what I’ve got!

Luffy

All hail the feared pirate Luffy!

Luffy hat

I personally would have preferred a classic tricorn hat for pirate headwear, but the straw hat suits him just fine.

Luffy box

Behold! A treasure chest!

Luffy money

Awwww yiss, diamonds and money!

Luffy infinity & ring copy

…and an ugly glove and a ring with some weird writing on it. Probably nothing important. And it’s still not the One Piece that will make him the pirate king. AWAY WITH THIS GARBAGE.

Luffy flag

Ladies and gentlemen, the future king of pirates. He might want to watch a few episodes of Antiques Roadshow to see what’s actually valuable and what’s not.

Little Luffy, to set sail for San Francisco Cupertino! Thanks again for all your help, Urian!

MOAR CRITTERS

Obviously I’m not even trying anymore with the titles of my posts.

It’s a Friday night, and I’m at work. I already had a few photos uploaded, so I’m just going to release two more critters, because why the hell not? 😀 So without further ado, here’s two more critters I’ll be dropping at Comic-Con next week:

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One domo-kun.

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And a little Totoro.

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Complete with a little leaf on his head!

So there ya go. Two more! I’m up to 12 critters at the moment. I had a goal of trying to get 15, but we’ll see how much more damage my hands can take this weekend. In the past I’ve spread out the process over a couple of months. This time I’m cramming it all into two weeks. Reeeeally shoulda budgeted my time better this time around. Yikes.

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

No, little fishie, you can NOT have any ham.

My friend Celina and I share many interests, one of which is Miyazaki films. However, there’s one particular movie that we’ve agreed to disagree on:

What the hell, I didn’t remember Matt Damon being part of the English cast?

She loves Ponyo. I don’t. Did I miss something? I was REALLY excited to see it when it was released. It had a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars. I was ready to be thrilled by another adventure through fantastical worlds and quirky little creatures that only Hayao Miyazaki could conjure. Instead I sat through 1.5 hours of a little girl shrieking “HAM!!” (it got old really fast) and watched a mother give Honey Boo Boo’s mom a run for her money for parent of the year by nonchalantly abandoning two 5 year-olds in a dangerous flood (“You’re a big boy now! Buh-bye!”). WTF? Miyazaki films tend to have their eccentric moments, but usually it’s all those little oddities that make them so endearing. This one was just BIZARRE. And what the hell was going on in that one scene with the baby? I couldn’t find the clip to show to everyone, but for anyone who’s seen the movie…you know the one I’m talking about. Face. Assaulted.

Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from making a little Ponyo. Because Celina rocks that much. 😀

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Ponyo!

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Ponyo, hanging out in her little green bucket. Before she goes into that awkward in-between frog-fish-human hybrid mode as she morphs into girl-Ponyo.

Ponyo ramen

HAMMMMM. PONYO LOVES HAM!!

Never did understand that obsession with the ham. The kid hasn’t even tried bacon yet. That shit will change your life. Nevertheless, I can say I’ve got another Miyazaki critter under my belt!

Ponyo adapted from the free pattern by Anne Gee White!

Turning lead into gold. Or something like that.

So the little critter that was giving me grief because of his long flowy hair last week? It’s done! And it’s already been handed off to the intended party, so public photos will no longer spoil the surprise. 🙂

edward

Everyone say hi to Ed! Ed, say hi to everyone.

My sister asked for an Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist as a birthday gift to someone close to her. This became a challenge for two reasons: 1) he’s got long flowy hair, which I’d previously expressed why this is an issue, and 2) I’ve never actually watched Fullmetal Alchemist. I think I remember watching the first few episodes, and I’d seen some snippets here and there when my boyfriend marathoned “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.” I kinda got a basic gist of things from seeing it in passing (they make stuff from chalk circles, a kid’s trying to get his arm back, etc.), but otherwise I was essentially blindly making a character. And you know what? I like a challenge every now and then. 🙂

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The hair. THE CURSED HAIR.

edward circle

“…you want me to transmute a cheese pizza out of some rocks? That’s not really how alchemy works, dude.”

Google image searches were obviously a big help in making this lil’ dude, but there’s always a feeling that I’m missing something when I’m not familiar with the little nuances of the character. It wasn’t my first time making a character I wasn’t familiar with…I didn’t know much about Brobee when I made him a while back, but I felt like watching a few Youtube videos of Yo Gabba Gabba was enough to give me the general idea. Fullmetal Alchemist seems to be a much more complex story, so I guess it made me a little more nervous not knowing as much about the character. In the end, the intended recipient recognized little Ed (whew!), and more importantly, he loved his new birthday buddy! Woohoo! A huge sigh of relief was let out, and with that, little Edward Elric found a new home. 🙂

Miyazaki All-Stars!

Oh man. I love Miyazaki movies. I loved them when I was a kid, and I love them even more now that I can appreciate just how delightfully gorgeous and charming his films are. So of course I had to put some of them into yarn. From my three favorite Miyazaki films:

Totoro

From My Neighbor Totoro, A little blue totoro, ready to make the world a little greener (and just more cute and charming in general)

Kodama

From Princess Mononoke, a little kodama (tree spirit), happily bringing life to forests.

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And from Spirited Away, a kanoashi (No Face), the lonely spirit who ends up biting off much more than he could chew.

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The happy family together!

I’ll be dropping these lil’ guys off at Space Montrose either tomorrow or Friday if any of you need a last minute Christmas gift for the Miyazaki fan in your life!