Model Hedge Pig
(made from Hand-made felt, a course brown fabric and two white buttons.)
The inspiration for the character came from my father's hedgehog teddies, when my uncle James asked me to make a replica of one of the hedgehogs (in return for a photograph of himself next to a camel in Egypt, which was difficult as he had never been to Egypt before) I began making the hedge hog, but found myself becoming fond of this pig, every day making up stories about his past and the adventures he got up to. So i gave away the original Hedgepig toy, and made another one, this one with a coat, fit for his travels.
Hedge Pig's past; My favorite character is Hedge Pig, he is a troubled hedgehog with an alcoholic problem. He was brought up in a small tree with his loving parents, he was a restless soul and was always getting into trouble. However one day he traveled too far and was caught by the wicked Mucca and Doog (They were once Lords, but that's another story) they wanted to eat Hedge Pig for dinner! To prepare him, they plucked the spikes from his back. Somehow, Hedge Pig managed to escape, he ran through the wood, too embarrassed to go home. For a hedgehog with no spikes is no hedgehog at all.
Ivor the mouse
( Hedge Pig and Ivor the Mouse, Watercolour and black fine liner on paper)
Mucca, Doog and Gersepi
The Story of Mucca and Doog; Mucca and Doog were once lords. Mucca, being the lord of things that move, and Doog being the lord of things that don't move. But don't start thinking that this makes them at all high and mighty as they were just the jesters in the court of lords, above them were many other lords, lord of the toaster, lord of lords, lord of everything even the lord of lords and many many more. One day Mucca and Doog, upset by the disapearence of their beloved Minnie Mucca, decided to build a series of huge sculptures in their front garden. Once completed, they had a series of complaints from their neighbours, who would suggest that the sculptures were more like rotten slices of cheese than art. The Lord of rotten slices of cheese found out about this, and was not happy, as he had not given any prior permission to build such commodities. The media got hold of the story and it didn't look good for Mucca and Doog, their titles were revoked and were forced out of their home and into a caravan on the edge of Old Wood. Here they have lived since, still bitter and sour about the whole situation.
Photograph of Mucca and Doog models
(made with unraveled string, two black buttons, tip-ex for eyes, random selection of beads, wire mesh and the end of a paper cone.
It was not long after this that they decided to kidnap a young hedgehog, as they were so hungry. But he escaped, this is why they are not fond of hedgehogs)
(drawing made on a paving stone, drawn with any rocks i could find.)
(made from a paper cone, various pieces of string, beads, feathers, ribbon and a clay mask.
Clay mask painted with watercolours. Boy underneath the costume also made with clay (although his head fell off!))
It was a sudden thought one day, but it made sense. Perhaps Gersepi, the boy of hope and kindness (once called Minnie Mucca, but became lost) was the son of Mucca, the man of misery and bitter anger.
The Giants and the Wise Ones
Two of my most earliest characters, the Giants and The Wise Ones. The Wise Ones being a old race of fly that has seen so many years go by, they are in fact so old that they remember Uman Beans (Human beings). After all this observing they became very intelligent, and with intelligence they gained respect from the other creatures in the land. If you ever had a puzzling question, they are the first to ask! The Giants were once humans but over the hundreds of thousands of years they have changed quite a bit.
Inspiration; I came up with the story of Lily long before i could draw her, the early drawings are quite embarrassing! Lily is a little Uman girl with a red duffel coat and a purple hat that she never takes off. The cat ears were sewn onto her hat by her mother as Lily really likes cats, in fact, up until she was 6 she thought she was a cat! She never said a Uman word but meowed instead.
Professor Kling had been working on a time machine for some time, but was not sure whether it would work or not. But, desperate times called for desperate measures. The plan was to send Lily to a time where there was no more wars, no more fear and lots of water, to a place all the Umans lived in peace. She was to be sent with all her documents and a clock which could send her back if need be.
However, what they didn't realise was that Umans had no future, so they were sending the little girl to a place full of mice, hedge hogs and other strange creatures. Lily, being quite a understanding, friendly girl didn't find this too much bother at first, in fact she made quite a lot of friends and had many great adventures. But, being the only Uman left in existence was still quite lonely. Against Hedge Pig and Ivor's wish, she decided to return to the place she came from, back to her mummy, as that was the only place she was truly happy. However, the Uman world did not last much longer, but at least she lived more than many before her.
The Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher model
(made from an old t-shirt, thread, lace and feathers)To see more information on the character 'The Dream Catcher' please see previous post.
Taken from my drawings of the 'Dream catcher'
I have made a small model out of an old skirt which i took to for it's multiple colours, it's shine and it's lace trimming.
The purple i thought was appropriate due to my association with the shade to dreams.
Corn the Punk Cat
Close up of 'Corn' face
(stuffed toy made from recycled old fabrics made for a friend)
I made this Toy cat from scraps of fabric and old clothes and i knitted a mini jumper using a loom. I tried to get it to be as scruffy and miss matched as possible as i believe it gives it more of a personality. To finish off i thought that a leather jacket would be perfect for this little scruffy cat!
A Uman bean boy wanted a cat, but unfortunately the boy lived in a flat in a building where cats were not allowed. He walked down the long flight of stairs, bare footed with a cat shaped hole in his heart. Opened the community door and walked into the lamp lit street. On and on he wandered the cold city night, following the concrete river roads until he came across a record shop. "How odd, a record shop being open at this time of night" the boy thought. In the dimly blue lit window was a selection of Pink Floyd mint condition vinyls. The boy stepped through the door. A cloaked figure was stood as if expecting him. "Evening" The cloaked figure spat. she pulled her hood down to reveal a particularly risk-ay green hair do. "One wish, you may ask. However, it does come with strings attached..." She said menacingly. The boy was taken aback. What is this strange form before me? Is it a dream? Is it an angel sent from punk heaven? "A cat! I wish for a cat!" The boy said without much thought "A cat you say... well a cat you will have, but be warned. This will be no ordinary cat. This will be a punk cat! He will feel the need to accessories with pins and badges! He will sport leather and ripped jeans and listen to loud shouting music! Do you take this risk booy?" The figure said. "I take this risk! But how can i hide it from my landlord?" The boy asked "Quite simply, he will appear as if he is a stuffed toy, no one will suspect a thing!" The figure answered. The boy smiled and nodded, pleased with this great plan. She placed her hood back on her head and said some magic words. This is how Corn the cat came to this world.
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