The year-long online course I’ve committed to pushes me out of my comfort zone now and then — Make a creature out of wire and fabric. Really? Three dimensions? Ohhhhh kayyyyyyy. I admit to having collected a bed load of stuffed animals as a kid; but as an adult, I gravitate mostly to 2D art.
I ignored the wad of old electrical wire on my desk for days. How do I relate to that as an art “tool?” Finally, I just got mad and wrangled it into an aimless mess of loops one night. It suddenly looked dog-like. Using various strips of old cloth and scrap yarn, I wrapped it and wrapped it and ended up with Smokin’ Dog.
He wears his heart on his sleeve, has beady eyes, and a sports a pipe cleaner tail. His cigarette (bad dog) resulted from my laziness — easier to paint the end of it red, like an ember, than to find the wire cutters and trim it. Anyhow, it seems to suit him.