Meet Mimi Lee!
I’ve been making her over the past few weeks to celebrate the launch of my book How to Train the Perfect Parents (Templar). She’s a quirky little person so I’ve had a lot of fun trying to capture that. I used a mix of materials; synthetic fleece, wool, felting wool, felt, jersey, tulle, with the specs from a kid’s fancy dress shop in China.
It’s a bit of a process of trial and error making something from scratch like this, with quite a bit of unpicking and reassembly along the way. But I think she’s turned out just fine; part Muppet, part doll with an unmistakable cheeky look in her eyes!
I set myself a challenge to create a concertina card. This is the first prototype, made using half a sheet of A3 and crayons and ink. It reminded me of the game ‘consequences’, where you have to split the parts of the body into four. Maybe the next version could be a hybrid made from different animals.
I first learnt how to make these weirdities because my mum was a teacher. One day she came home from school with a bottle of pickled people she’d bought from a parent, at the school fair. We all thought they were brilliant, so we started making them too. It became a bit of a craze.
Recently I was working on a puppet character, using stuffed tights for the head and I suddenly realised I had everything I needed to show my own kids the joys of human pickling! How could I resist? I only had tan tights, so we’ll be sourcing a more diverse spectrum for our next batch. I’ll take some photos as a guide, just in case anyone out there feels the urge to join in.
This Christmas I tried making my own baubles. It’s surprisingly hard working on a sphere but here’s a couple I can show you that did work. I used polystyrene balls, blackboard paint and coloured papers collaged with PVA. Merry Matisse-mas!
These are some of the earliest pictures I remember making. I was just four but I can still recall lying on a sun drenched floor, surrounded by paper, revelling in the colours and patterns I was able to make with my felt tipped pens. I have the same feeling now when I get lost in a drawing or a painting.
I do a lot of cutting and sticking when I work with children, but I often turn to it for my own pleasure as well. It frees me up from the constraints of drawing and allows me to play about with different materials. As a lover of puppets and theatre, it’s a whole other way to bring characters to life. It’s also just good fun.
Just drag and drop the worksheets onto your desktop, then print and go. Have fun!
Print out the sheet and try it for yourself!
Why don’t you have a go?!