Jess Hutch.

Monday, January 29, 2007

big


So I'm embarking on a new project. A BIG new project. About a month ago I woke up and said "I've got to make a big toy! And I'll pose him all over town! And..." I kind of wouldn't shut up about it, ask my coworkers.

I know that big toys have been made in the past (see this 8 foot teddy bear which kind of gives me nightmares... and of course the big pink bunny that is utterly remarkable), but I'm excited to see what one of my toys will look like in a larger scale. I'm going to make him about 4 feet tall. I'm 5'3", so he'll come up to my armpit, I think. He's not going to look like the guy in the illustration above, by the way, at least color-wise.

Since this project is going to take a while - I've calculated that it will be the equivalent of two hand-knitted adult-size sweaters - I figured I would do the unthinkable (for me): post images of the toy in progress. I'm starting him this week, as I've just finished up some projects, and hopefully in a week or so I'll have a head or arm to present. Perhaps.

I also want to solicit advice - anyone out there familiar with building large-scale wire armatures for sculpture? I want to be able to pose the toy, or at least stabilize him for photo-taking purposes, so if you have any experience in this field, please email me (jess[at]jesshutch[dot]com). Thanks!

9 Comments:

At 10:13 PM , lisa said...

hi darlin, i am so excited about this.

 
At 2:03 AM , Isabelle said...

Ooh, what a great idea, can't wait to see it reveal bit by bit.

 
At 5:48 AM , mimi k said...

Wire armature in a knitted "softie" is going to be a challenge. A poseable armature usually is put in a rather firmly stuffed piece. You might have to do some experimenting.
First things that crossed my mind though- doll people I've talked to like the soft armature wire that you get at art stores- I think it is made of aluminum.
You wrap the armature wire with batting before putting it into you doll- a very different approach to stuffing.
Email me if you want... I might be able to answer specific questions.

 
At 7:32 AM , amisha said...

i am so looking forward to seeing your progress on this... the large-scale sculpture sounds like it will be amazing, and great fun!

 
At 5:13 AM , mzelle-fraise said...

Great project! waiting for the pictures!

 
At 8:15 PM , e.marie said...

Very cool! I can't wait to see this at various stages.

 
At 7:32 PM , natasha said...

ooh yeah, the bunny! insane! i love it in all the different places. i saw it a long time ago..dunno where, but it blew me away. like spiral jetty...but way cuter. have you seen claus oldenberg's giant stuff? toilets, hamburgers, the clothespin in philly...

 
At 4:57 PM , tania said...

woooo! that is going to be super cool-
:)

 
At 5:16 PM , shash said...

haha! excellent. this is going to be good. ;-)

 

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