My latest project is Man Fishing. A friend gave me a styrofoam fish mount-you know, when you catch a fish and want to hang it on your wall? Anyway, she wanted to see “what I could do with it”. And this is what I did:
It was a really fun project; all guesswork! I laid a piece of white sheet over the fish and marked an approximate outline on the sheet. Then I did all the crazy quilting and embroidery and beading (staying up until 1 a.m. two nights in a row to finish the beading). I sewed the two sides together at the topline and draped it over the mount. And was I ever happy to see that my approximate outline was pretty much on target! I stuffed the fabric under the head with the help of a butter knife, and the bottom is all pinned on, as are some of the fins and tail. The eyelashes and yarn hair over her eyes are attached with hot-glue, the fishing pole is attached with some industrial-strength glue, and the man she is fishing for is attached with thread to the fishing pole. I figured a hook would be too tempting to play with…
The fish was displayed at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home, for their Art Walk on Friday, September 21. I entered it into the 64th Parallel show at the Bear Art Gallery, but sadly, Man Fishing didn’t get in.
Naturally there are more photos on Flickr.