As I'm getting ready for the Canadian Haunted Attractions Conference in Hamilton, next weekend, AND Shockstock in London, I thought I should write a quick post about some of the things I am making, considering they involve bats. I mean, what good spooky crafter wouldn't make something with bats in it!
|The first 'bat' pumpkin I ever carved.|
This is a picture of one of the first pumpkins I ever worked on. It's not super...I made it in a hospital in October while waiting for a diagnosis of MS.( The bats were actually drawn on a piece of 'paper' made from relatively transparent gauzy tape that I found in the locker, which worked well since I wanted some light to show through the bat drawings). I was worried about the haunt that was NOT getting finished at my house and wondering why my legs weren't working. My aunt gave me foam pumpkins and a basic serrated pumpkin saw, and said, "You went to art school You can draw. So, draw and carve!"
And I did. I carved so much that I am now considered a 'professional' pumpkin carver, having done interviews on syndicated FM radio, teaching seminars (one this weekend...you can still sign up), having people from all over request commissions, and my tools have changed from the simple saw to everything from various dremel bits to burnishing tools used by the crafty sculptors that make wooden bird replicas. I have even been known to use an ingrown hair eyebrow plucker and an emery board. If you want to know why, sign up for the seminar, or look for a PDF book sometime, once I figure out how to make PDF's, that is...
I gave this pumpkin away, every though it has sentimental value, to a woman with end-stage MS whose struggle to survive has inspired thousands of people with MS that have undergone treatment for CCSVI (google it, as they say). I have a picture of us together, but am not posting it anywhere because I refuse to use her, or anyone, for publicity's sake. She's one of my inspirations, and not a celebrity to use for promotion. Just so you know. I did it to show her that without people like her, I wouldn't have happened upon CCSVI and been treated for it (twice) and that I need to keep fighting for treatment to be available for everyone with MS. But, I digress...have you noticed I tend to go on tangents? Hang on, dear reader.
|Corset design No. 17 in a series...|
At any rate, for these upcoming conventions, I won't have a lot of foam pumpkin sculptures. This may disappoint some people. It disappoints me. I haven't had time! It is Easter weekend, and with kids, that means 4 days of doing nothing but being a slave, cook, butler, maid, nurse, teacher, mom, etc. etc. so there won't be much time for carving or making florals. But, I did make some super bat pendants, and am currently going to stay up all night, every night of the weekend if I have to (which isn't good for MS, or anyone frankly) to continue screen printing a new series of shirts, based on Alice in Wonderland, and old French corset advertisements. I was thinking for the October Studio tour, of making a shirt design of antique bats or something. Gosh knows I browsed the Internet last night for 2 hours and found a bundle of free bat brushes. That would make a good post (*mental note*.)
That being said, I am, and always will be, Gothic Gourd Girl, the carver (and the ghoul that got treatment for MS that managed to pull of haunts at her home every year afterwards). Long live angioplasty and long live my favourite dremel bit!