From foam to fish

My latest project is Man Fishing. A friend gave me a styrofoam fish mount-you ugly stryrofoam fishknow, 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:

styrofoam fish mount, embellished

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…

stryrofoam fish mount, embellished, left side
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.

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