I made this really unfortunate looking sock monkey. It is so ugly that it’s come round to being cute again. He somehow became a mascot of exploring creativity without inhibition. Accepting that the results could be Frankenstein’s monster. Hideous, but at least it’s walking around and talking.
But good grief that’s easy to forget.
Art has not been my field. It’s always been an interest. I would obsessively watch any show or documentary about art, frozen until it finished. It expanded into shows about culinary arts and architecture. I would make weird little figurines and mini sculptures out poured wax or clay.
Now I’m an artist in residence with a degree in writing.
One foot in the art world and another in writing. You could say that writing is an art and therefore both of my feet are in the same world, but I would say you are super wrong. Writers and artists speak two different languages and I only got the one script. My improv skills seem to be improving though.
Horror films and psychological thrillers are my roller coasters. For a long time, even a puff of creepy on the wind would keep me awake at night. A few years ago I decided to combat my sensitivity by consuming scary stories and pathetic horror films to build up my immunity to film-induced fear.
Now that I have a critical and jaded exterior to protect me from being too unsettled, watching scary movies is fun – sometimes. There are a few films, whether they are identified as scary or not, that have imprinted their scenes on the back of my eyes. At night they replay, reminding me that no amount of self-constructed security is impenetrable from pure, sincere fear. The Shining
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (IMDB)
The Shining gets an obvious mention here. Kubrick’s ability to build tension with tight framed, lingeri…
Supplies // black cotton tee, bleach, sponge brush, contact paper, scissors or xacto knife
How to // I made a stencil out of contact paper by drawing the alien head on the back of the paper. Most contact paper will have graph lines on the back, this makes it easier to draw an even design. Next, I cut it out using a xacto knife.
Before bleaching, I put the shirt over a plastic bin lid to prevent bleeding and then I carefully placed my alien head on the shirt. I did have to readjust once to make it centered, but this did not weaken the adhesive on the paper.
I took everything outside and carefully dabbed bleach with a sponge brush around the edges of my design first to ensure the lines of the design would be defined. **Please be careful using bleach. Wear gloves. Use it in a well-ventilated space if you choose to stay inside**
In the sunlight, the bleach will start removing color almost immediately. I kept dabbing and splattering the bleach across the shirt until I was satisfied with h…