This weekend I finally had a chance to go back to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to check out the Foot in the Door 4 exhibit (you may remember my post about my horrible luck on opening night). And not a moment too soon, as Sunday was the last day. Yes, I am a terrible procrastinator in pretty much all things.
As well as my yeti stood out in photos from the MIA's Flickr pool, it actually took me a short while to spot him on the wall. So much art! Soooooooo much art.
It really was great to see something I had created hanging on the wall in our city's finest museum. And while I didn't have much time to peruse the three jam-packed rooms of the exhibit (we arrived a mere 20 minutes before closing time. Yes, yes, I know!), I could tell my yeti was in some really good company. My only beef with the exhibit is that it would've been nice to see the artist's names next to each piece so I could jot them down to look up later. I know I can find them online, and I totally understand why the MIA didn't add info to this exhibit, but it would've been a nice touch. Because really, how many people are actually going to take the time to comb through a database? Especially if they forgot to write down the column numbers (you can see them at the bottom of the first photo above).
All in all, though, I'm really glad I went back (I did seriously consider not going because I'm just that lazy). Thanks again to the MIA for this awesome opportunity! Yeti will come home this week, and I think he'll take up residence in my day job cubicle until he finds a new home.
As mentioned in my previous post, I submitted a zombie yeti to the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Foot in the Door exhibit. The opening reception was Thursday night, and I was super excited to go, spurred on by sneak peeks the MIA was posting to their Flickr page.
I mean, look: my yeti on a wall! In a museum! With other art! ACK!
I knew it would be busy. I knew parking would be difficult. But I was not fully prepared. It took us nearly an hour to find parking. I was getting salty, but I understood; roughly 5,000 people submitted artwork, and I'm sure they were all just excited as I am to see their art in the city's most respected museum. Not helping was the city's decision to ban parking on the even side of streets for the rest of the winter.
We finally found a spot, hiked the half-mile or so from it to the museum, picked up our nifty artist ribbons (how cool is that?!), shed our outerwear, breathed a sigh of relief, and then. . . .
We hit a solid wall of humans. The kind volunteer at the end of the line informed us it'd be an approximately 2-hour wait. Just to get into the gallery. So I would say the exhibit is already an unbelievable success. Hooray for art!
Deciding we didn't have it in us to wait in line, we checked out some of the other galleries before heading home somewhat defeated. I've been hearing really great things about the exhibit and caliber of art on display from friends who did get in on opening night. One friend even heard a woman proclaim that my yeti was her favorite piece. So awesome!
The exhibit is up until June, so I have plenty of time to head back and see it when the museum is less crowded. I think I'll bring some friends and some champagne and stage my own reception!
The first day of No Coast was a huge success! It seemed a lot more crowded than Friday night last year. Business at the booth was really steady. I'm so glad I made ornaments this year, because it seems that you guys really love your ornaments! All yeti ornaments sold out in under an hour, and almost all of the owl ornaments sold too. I whipped up a scant few more of each tonight.
I was so busy tonight that I didn't get a chance to look around at any of the other vendors' wares, but I have some helpers for the booth tomorrow, so will be able to do some shopping of my own.
See you there!
The results of my little poll are in, and yetis beat out the competition by a small margin:
You asked for it, you got it! Introducing Cotton Candy Yetis!
And for those of you who were really hoping for more frogs and owls, no worries. I have plenty of both of those as well.
See you at No Coast! I'm booth D-2 this year, in the main hallway near the security desk.
I based my Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum on the John Tenniel illustrations from Through the Looking Glass.
I actually used my owl pattern, enlarged, for their general shape (Alice also uses my owl pattern, but much smaller), and then I just added arms and legs. I was really nervous about embroidering the faces since I've never made anything remotely human-looking before, but I am rather pleased with how they came out.
I decided to also make sailor hats for Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, to more closely tie them to the Queen of Hearts piece.
I've long been a fan of Alice in Wonderland (I even wrote my undergrad thesis paper on the tale, because I'm that nerdy), so I'm more excited than usual to be participating in this show. Many, many thanks to Cimmi for curating! If you're in the Santa Barbara area, please go check it out (and take lots of pictures!). Visit the Paul Cumes Fine Art Gallery website for more info.
Two of the items debuting at No Coast this year are owlets and froglets. I shrunk my usual owl and frog patterns by 30 percent for the new critters. Not only because shrinking my imps and yetis by 30 percent last year was so successful, but because tiny things are endlessly adorable, no? Also, given the still less than stellar economy, I figured the more items I have at a lower price point, the better.
Well, enough rambling, on with the pictures!
So, how much smaller is 30 percent, exactly? For comparison:
There are only 16 days until No Coast (ack!). Which means it's officially the time of year when I put most of my life on hold to sew pretty much every spare moment. My sleep, house, and social calendar all suffer. This year is a little extra stressful since my pieces for the Go Ask Alice show are due close to the same time as well. Yikes!
I've been carving out windows of time wherever I can to get some sewing done. I sew in my craft room
It's amazing what just an hour here or there can do for both my sanity and my productivity. Tomorrow, I'll post some pictures of what I've been cranking out. For now, here's a sneak peek:
The Mortal Plush show opens tonight at the Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor, MD. I am so excited to be part of this show—so many of my favorite plush artists are participating. If, like me, you don't live near the gallery and can't make it to the show, I encourage you to check out photos of the show on Flickr. Many, many thanks to Tobiah for including me in this lovely show and for posting so many awesome photos!
I did it. I just submitted three pieces for consideration to the Mortal Plush show in DC this summer. The theme of the show is plush that convey emotion. You saw bigfoot yesterday, exhibiting ennui. I also submitted two sea monsters.
This one with the jaunty little top hat is excited:
While this meanie is displaying fury:
I cut it very close to the deadline (today) like my typical procrastinating self. This time, it wasn't because I was sewing up until the final possible moment, it was the weather. Seriously! Because I haven't yet built myself a little light tent, I have to rely on the sun for nice photos, or haul my creatures into my day job to use the photo studio there. Can you guess what's going to be at the top of the list for my May goals (which I'll be blogging about later this weekend)?
Anyway, I really hope I get accepted to the show. Keep your fingers crossed for me!