Sunday, May 13, 2012

The creation of Very Scary Art the yarn

There are currently (as of 5/27/12) 2 skeins left of Very Scary Art

Very Scary Art is a website run by my good friends, Helen and Mich. Here is what this site is about (and yes, I stole the following from the site itself)...

On October 30th, 2010, Helen and Mich attended the Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive, hosted by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report.  One of the charities benefiting from the rally was, an online charity that lets people help classrooms in need.  To say thank you for the donations raised, children drew pictures of their greatest fears and handed these drawings out at the rally.  At the end of the day, they still had over 500 drawings left and no way to get them home. That’s where we come in.
Helen and Mich couldn’t stand to see all those wonderful drawings end up in the recycling bin, so we took them home.  After contacting, we decided to set up this website where we could showcase all the drawings we got from the rally.  At least once a week, we plan to post a drawing and then write about what we like about it and why we think it’s very scary. We have some truly amazing works of art to show you, and we hope you’ll take time to comment on them.
The drawings are wonderful! I wanted to dye yarn in a complete rainbow of colors. When I started pondering how to do that and realizing that my colorway "Childhood" was already pretty much a rainbow, I looked for a way to make it different.  So, whereas Childhood has turquoise and fuchsia, I wanted this to be darker.  After all, this is about stuff that scares us...  So, it needed to be darker.  And, while the entire rainbow is present in this yarn, I applied the colors from darkest (blue) to lightest (yellow) so the areas of overlap are not very noticeable as overlap. I only used primary colors directly, the secondary colors (purple, orange, and green) are the result of the overlaps. So, while they are there, they are relatively small.

The patterning was the second issue I had to deal with here and I am thrilled at how it came out.  Much like the childrens' drawings the intent was to represent something scary and the result is rather charming.

You can see all of the colorways, with links to the original work and the artists/podcasters/websites that inspired them, on the Balticon 2012 page.

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