Monday, July 14, 2008

4 days...

well folks, about 3 hours ago i cut the webbing between my thumb and fore finger on my left hand... with scissors. yep. how gross is that? scissors?! that freaks me out. scissors are for paper, not flesh. alas, i am neosporin-ed and sporting a Backyardigans band aid and feeling better. What was i doing? why cutting felt, i was! and then i was bleeding. a lot.

perhaps this is why i shouldn't be crafting well into the night.

but how can i help myself? artscape is HUGE! you have to come prepared. and it's not just me... my friends are crafting themselves silly too! and what do we get from all this insomnia and scissor accidents? lots of cool new stuff just waiting to go home with you!
changing subjects slightly: Recyclimals (also known as things i haven't cut myself while making)
so, what's a recyclimal, eh?

it's essentially a "recycled" knitimal (you probably put that together yourself, right?). well, loving a knitimal is easy---
loving a Knitimal that has already been loved, uses existing reclaimed fabric and is STILL made without any new electricity or machines? SO much easier.

while i love knitting, and the process of generating a piece of soft sculpture, completely from the ground up, there is something to be said for working with materials already on the planet and in need of some good lovin'. i have this sweater... well, i HAD this sweater, and i loved it wholly. wear and tear wore and tore the dear thing until wearing it wasn't an option anymore.

...making a brand new kind of Knitimal out of it, however, seemed the only option.

as an artist, i am trying to be as aware as possible of my footprint. i already don't use a sewing machine (the only electricity i need to work is a lightbulb in my studio... and it is energy efficient). i buy yarn locally and in massive batches, so i don't have to drive too often to get it; my 2D work is primarily collage based and i keep and use scraps of everything... so why not apply that to the art dolls as well? exactly my point.

and so, i am happy to introduce the Recyclimals (Recycled Knitimals). one beloved sweater, cut up and pieced back together by hand, stuffed with clean, reclaimed soft poly filling and bits of old sweater. just as super soft as an original Knitimal, those soft sculpture sweeties made with only the finest materials and like all Knitimals, they're made without a pattern and is completely unique.

recyclimals, like knitimals are "art dolls"--- they make great gifts for new babies, art lovers, doll collectors and those-hard-to-shop-fors who love the one-of-a-kind. each knitimal comes with a hand drawn name tag (which features the 'story of the knitimals'), a 'caring for your knitimal' tag.

there are 4 knitimals up for adoption in the shop right now and there will be plenty more up for grabs at Artscape!

want to win your very own Recyclimal, for free?
stop by the BEST table at artscape and add your name to the mailing list

want to win a $40 shopping spree in my etsy shop? stop by my booth at Artscape this weekend and sign my mailing list. Already on the mailing list? Post a comment here and be in the running. Last but not least--- stop back here on Wednesday for a printable coupon (or coupon code for you out-of-towners!) you can use this weekend at Artscape (or online).

i'm off to paint a new banner.
xo, danamarie


Anonymous said...

yay! i'm already on your mailing list, but i am SO excited for artscape. you always have THE coolest booth and i can't wait to see what new stuff you've cooked up for us this year. i've got the credit cards ready!! see you soon, moira.

jessica brown said...

ok sign me up! i am loving this countdown... so intriguing. and $40 for a shopping spree. oh man!

divina lucas said...

please please please pick me!!! i know it'll be an anonymous drawing, but i hope its me. i'll see you at the 'scape. :P

robin robin said...

i cant WAIT to get a new knitimal. deon & pascao are getting lonely. are you going to have any of those matching games there? my sister;s daughter just turned 3 and she loves memory gmaes.

greenstarstudio said...

you guys are so sweet. i can't wait to see you guys again; i feel like artscape is a big knitimal family reunion or something! and yes, robin, i will have Knitimatch there (and a new coloring book too!). xo