What I did during Mardi Gras 2009 – The beginning

Monday 2 March 2009

Well, I haven’t done anything yet; this should be called “What I am going to do during Mardi Gras 2009″ but that doesn’t have much of a ring to it. But as this is Part One of a three-parter it’s nice to have some consistency with names so I’ll stick to what we have. Besides, it’s traditional.

Actually, what I have done – all I’ve done – over the last couple of days is hand sew, backstitch, and screw in little hooks, all in the name of Art. I have relied on my fingers so much, pulling on threads and pushing through needles, that I have now over-sensitised their tips. Every touch feels like tiny shards of glass. I stepped on a needle the other night, embedding it into the skin of my big toe, and it really hurt. My fingertips feel like that but one hundred needles all at once. Typing this I’m relying on my pinky and ring finger to do all the work; Tall Man and Pointer just aren’t in the mood. 

I sewed the last nose on this morning at 5.30, finished the t-shirt around 6, then started on cutting out the pieces from the A4 sheet, before getting some desperately needed sleep at 7. Back up at 11, finished the cutting, then mounted the card, wrapped the canvases in brown paper, filled my bag with hanging utensils, had a quick shower, and was out the door by 1.15. I was the first person at the hotel, which I’m little surprised at, and no one else showed up for at least another hour. When I left the hotel at 4 only three artist of a possible (what?) 11 or 14 had hung. Too bad for the last one, I say. 

I’ve just printed the little “thank you” stickers that will go on the back on envelopes for any A4 sheets I sell ($5 a sheet – cheap! Get yours today!) and was going to write up a little contract thing for any interested parties for the canvases, but have since thought wiser of it. Do need to take a note pad and my banking details if anyone does show interest ($250 a canvas – reserve your character today!). Of course you haven’t seen what any of these things look like, have you? While I took a picture of each canvas on display, silly forgot to take a group shot. I will during the exhibition and will post here, but till then, here are the twelve Bills:

Just Bill - SOLD!

Just Bill - SOLD!

Business Bill

Business Bill

Casual Clyde

Casual Bill

Chef Clyde

Chef Bill

Super Clyde

Super Bill - SOLD!

Pool Party Clyde

Pool Party Bill

Dorothy Bill

Dorothy Bill - SOLD!

Country Bill

Country Bill

Flinders Bill

Flinders Bill

Leather Bill

Leather Bill - SOLD!

Slave Bill - SOLD!

Slave Bill - SOLD!

Party Bill - SOLD!

Party Bill - SOLD!

They’re pretty cute, hey? But I have to admit it wasn’t until after midnight this morning, when I sewed on the first nose, before I was able to say “It’s worked”.

But aren’t the noses just adorable! I have my trusty Yo-Yo Maker to thank for them. Now what to do with it? Lucky there’s this webpage of attractive handcrafts using a yo-yo maker; simply over-flowing with ideas. I’m definitely making that stuffed pinecone.

Right, better go have that shower and work out what outrageously bright jacket best goes with the outrageously kitsch Bill t-shirt. Hope to see you there (of course by the time you read this it will be “Hope that I saw you there”), and if you can’t make it, then wish me luck.

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