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Sockbird 10

These are the very first sketches (sorry, drolleries) I made of the sockbirds. The sockbirds are probably among the creatures I created 2012 that I like best. The blog has been going strong with approximately two posts a week now for two years. I hope this will continue. I still have a lot to do, especially when it comes to tidying up my links and such to the right. I have several more to add. I reckon I will post more often in 2013.

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In other news: I have almost 40 followers! This is very cool. Don’t be afraid to comment, ask or link. I am especially looking for other art-blogs with a lot of information on _how_ the images are created, not just the pretty pictures.

The near future: I become jobless and homeless the 31st of January, I will be living with a friend in February. This will probably affect the blog. I have some images scanned that I plan to use, but I will not have access to the scanner until I’ve moved for good. In March I hope I have solved the which-city-will-i-live-in-problem so I at least know where to move. I vacillate whether to buy an apartment or find some roommates. Money is not that tight, but savings are not endless.

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Visiting a Christmas market with my mother I made another find. A local business, RöRiNTERiöR (Facebook link), makes candleholders and other things from copper pipes. The pipes have a lovely raw, mottled surface. Design: Johanna Alamattila, design and production: Nils-Erik Keikkala.

My candleholder:
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Equipped with candles:
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The painting in the background is made in 1901, by my grandfathers mother. I have three of her very beautiful watercolour paintings.

An example of one of the larger candleholder, which makes me want to get somewhere permanent to live soon, with laaarge windows with room for one of these (the following images from the Facebook page, with permission):

Image with permission

Image with permission

And last but not least, one of the small, peculiar candleholders that first caught my eye:

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This is an Interlude. Presented to you by Thumbbirds.

2013
I have several hopes for this year. Mr Maslow would not protest, since the first hope is roof-over-head and getting-work-to-be-able-to-feed-myself (I am officially job- and homeless in less than three weeks). Another thing I hope for is to network more with the blog. I hope, with a new place of work and no night shifts (EVER!!!), that I’ll get more time and peace of mind to put some thought into what I want to do with my immediate future when it comes to art-making. I have some frightening plans on going digital as well, though I am very reluctant, really. I feel I do have to learn som digital maneuvering to develop some of the (secret) boardgame ideas I have.
Another thing I hope to develop is more steampunk attire and more steampunk illustration. As soon as I find somewhere more or less permanent to live (hopefully in 2013) I am going to modify a couple of headlamps I have had around for some time.

In other news: I have been hit over the head with another area of interest. Beekeeping. Don’t ask me where it came from, it just landed and stuck. I love it.

Upcoming: The 22nd of January will be the second anniversary of this blog. Expect Sockbirds.

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At the 21 of November, 2012 I finished my most ambitious sculpture work to date. In fact, perhaps my only sculpture work ever if you don’t count stuff made in primary school (and at home, keeping my father company in his workshop) when I was younger. It turned out way above my expectations. A large part of the reason I draw and make things and also the reason I play music is for the extreme contentment resulting from the intermittent incidents of creatures and instruments becoming ensouled during the process.

Case in point, Hemlo the clay platypus:

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Hemlo (the Swedish word for “secret” turned into a childish noun) the clay platypus started out as a wish of doing something platypoid for my fiance, as he’d had a obsession with platypus (platypi?) (Ornitorhynchidae!) earlier this year. Visiting my father (a renaissance man and jack-of-all-trades who among other things makes ceramics, like the plate in this post) in the spring soon lead to a project of making a life-sized platypus in clay. At first I wanted to glaze it in some brown colour, but I some of the detail would be lost by that, so I decided instead to fire him after only some polishing, especially concentrating on polishing the beak to make it seem differently textured from the rest of the body (this is more visible in the images below behind the cut). Quite early in the process I felt that Hemlo became ensouled, so to speak. He simply looked alive (and asleep). I wasn’t making a sculpture, I was freeing Hemlo from all that clay surrounding him.

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Material:
clay (earthenware).
Equipment: patience (drying process before firing took the better part of 2012), wooden utensils for working in clay. After drying: sewing needle for detailing, small plastic utensils and a couple of brushes. Water and hands for polishing.
Size: 25x15x10 cm.
Notes: Being a scientist, I am quite picky with anatomy. The anatomy of Hemlo is not perfect, especially not around the beak. On the other hand, there is only one Hemlo in the world. Er. He might be a subspecies.

I want to do more sculpture! I want my own workshop! I love Hemlo! Luckily, I love my fiance as well, and I know he will give Hemlo a good home.

Behind the cut is several pictures of Hemlo, before he was fired and from all sorts of directions.

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