So yeah! The cat’s out of the bag (hehehehe) – the theme for Monthly Makers this month is Animals. I thought I’d show you a few things I’ve made previously that are inspired by animals! A lot of it is pretty old so it’ll be a fun little throwback!I made antler brooches a few years ago! Still love these, although I currently have no idea where they are. :) And then last year I found a dragon in a bonfire!!!The human species is a kind of animal, so portraits work too! Here’s a self portrait/double exposure!Uh is jellyfish an animal…………………………. Whatever, they look good in pictures! I might actually take some pictures of my Lumos for this theme.Or some other cat! This picture is from almost ten years ago. This is our neighbours cat Sigge. Birds work too! Speaking of birds – here’s a raven in paper and an embroidery space dove! A few years ago I spent a looooooot of time making these felted animals! Still cute.Most importantly though, this is the perfect theme to embrace the cute little beans on a kittypaw. Maybe with a camera, or with a scanner like here.
Also, I just kept thinking about Miike Snow’s song Animal while writing this post, so I decided I’d make a playlist with animal related songs/bands/artists. Maybe it’ll inspire someone!
For those of you who didn’t know, this month is also National Poetry Writing Month, and you’re meant to write a poem a day but I think we could all embrace it by writing poems about animals this month! Well at least I wanted to make you all aware that it’s a perfect opportunity to try out poetry! Animals can be so symbolic in poems, so I’d say it’s a perfect opportunity.
I don’t have much experience with poetry, but find it easier when I have some rules to follow and if what I’m writing has to be short. A good example of this is a haiku but I would also like to recommend Wirrow’s challenge for 3×4 poetry on Hitrecord. Blackout poetry is great too.
(Secret links to other great animal things:
- Katerina Plotnikova’s photographs.
- These paintings by Meghan Howland.
- Zanna Goldhawk’s illustrations.)
The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, Stina, Wilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.