Thursday, 6 March 2008
Mobile Swap 2008 - recycled
Mobile: reused/recycled paper & card, thread, sequins 2008
I had to feel like I made something this year, so I signed up for Elsie Marley's Mobile Swap. Now that I my swap partner Paola has seen her mobile I'm happy to post it here (above) along with the matching paper brooch (below). Paola had listed white and grey as her favourite colours. The mobile and the brooch are both made from my enormous stash of paper scraps and envelopes. Poor Mr P couldn't see his floor for a week while I worked on this.
It drove me crazy at times because when my joints and coordination are normal I could do this in a couple of hours. Taking a whole week was frustrating, but it' was so good to finally have a finished item. Ok, maybe it's not as detailed as I'd like, no stitching, no internal cutting, no drawing... but it was a complete. I started, finished, photographed, flickr'd (here), wrapped, packed, posted it and then cleared up the mountain of debris. In my life just now that's all very close to a miracle so I was pretty happy in the end.
Brooch: reused paper & card, sequin, silver plated brooch pin 2008
My theory was that if I was making something for a stranger, and not for a special occasion, then maybe I wouldn't get performance anxiety. I was wrong, but the anxiety was decidedly less than when making things for friends so I didn't totally freak out when I made mistakes or when the cat, repeatedly, walked over sections with muddy paws. If I'd cut anything intricate the cat may have had a very different experience!