Thursday, July 21, 2011

Felt Doll

This was my first attempt at making a doll. I sewed it by hand for my friend. The whale is based on the whale that appears in our children's book that we made. So it's actually a sweet reminder of what we made together.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finger Puppets for Andrea

Look! I'm actually productive now that college applications are over. Unlike my last batch of puppets, these are all original characters. I think I focused on the puppets' stories this time.

This squid was designed by my friend. There's so much character and story in this squid. I mean, look at its scars. Scars indicate that it is an interesting character! Maybe it had a rough past.

This simple panda was also designed by my friend. It holds the same amount of story and character to it as the squid, don't you think? You just can't read his face. Is it stoic solemnity or treacherous depression that causes this panda to put on a face like that? What causes this panda to be so... quiet? There is so much mystery. OOoooooOOoooh~~~

Oh, and this robot was my own design. I think that it was a normal obedient robot until some misguided scientist gave the robot a heart. The poor robot was overwhelmed by all the pain and confusion that came with a heart and went berserk. His left hand is a clanking claw and his right hand is a deadly machine gun. The scientist never had a chance. It's his own fault for giving a robot deadly weapons AND a heart.

You can find more finger puppets that I made here, here, here and here.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rachel's Presents

This is what I made for my sister's Christmas present. These are very different from my other finger puppets because none of these are original characters.

This is Perry the Platypus, the pet from the cartoon show, Phineas and Ferb. His expression is supposed to look blank and dumb because he doesn't do much.
I made a hat so that he can become Agent P, a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action.

This is Max from the classic children's picture book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I really tried to add personality to his face, but it doesn't show. I can't manipulate the needle well enough to get all the details right.

He comes with a crown that's a little bit big for him.

I am least satisfied with Harry Potter. It's upsetting because I really like this character.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I have more free time now that I got accepted into a college, and that means that I can use more time to do the things I want, like making finger puppets. My dad said that I should really use this time well because I probably wont have this much free time for years. It's true. Once I get into college, I will be busy until I graduate. Once I get a job, unless I have a kind of job that gives me sabbaticals, I am won't have this kind of free time. So here is how I plan to use my time:
1. Read the books on my must-read list
2. practice my cello and my accordion
3. get a job
4. write!
5. make more puppets and stuff
6. go out more
7. find and listen to music
8. a big scale project that will bring change or awareness in my community

What else should I do with my precious time? Do you have an suggestions? What would you do if you had a few months to dedicate to whatever you wanted?

Anyway, expect a post with some serious writing soon.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Read for Charity

Do you remember that I wrote about my project back in August? I don't think I explained my project clearly back then.

I wrote a children’s book called “What Sammy Learned Today”. After working on the book for two years, I finally published it this year. My partner, Caryn, and I have been selling them to raise funds for First Book, a non-profit organization that provides access to books for inner-city kids. So far we've raised 700 dollars.

If you would like to help, please donate here.

The books aren't available online yet, but I think a free digital version will be available within three to four months.

I also started another blog to raise awareness. You can find updates on the project and other short stories there.

I don't mean to bombard you with all this information. I am just so excited that my project is in flight now.