I have had this idea in my head for about a year now. It seemed a bit ridiculous because after I accomplish such a task what the heck would I do with the end result? I have always thought it would be amazing to create a life size version of one of my original Mizzles. Crazy, I know, but I've always imagined a room with a few life size dolls so kids can sit and read story books. I never thought I'd actually find the time or motivation to attempt it. But then I was announced as a semi-finalist for the RAWards. I thought "this is it"! This is where I go big! So, I began by consulting with my best friend, who had made my Halloween costume. I had questions. Some were logistic and others were just questions of doubt. I needed the reassurance that I could finish this in time.
The stuffing came from a failed art club project. It had been sitting in our storage for over 4 years. We wanted to use it up so rats wouldn't make it a home. I wasn't quite sure if there would be enough to fill him up. I actually had a little extra.
Creating his mouth was the most challenging part of the whole project. My needles were too small and had to find a really long one. Also adding the arms were a little difficult having to hand-stitch them on.
The buttons were created with air dry polymer clay. They were fun to create and paint.
I think the best part of the process was watching my students' reactions each time they came into my classroom to find him put together a little more. Unfortunately, they never did get to see the final product, but they were eager to hear about him.
|Here is Life-size Larry chillin' on the couch with original Larry and Calico.|
|My mom and Life-size Larry at the Semi-finals Art Show!|