I’m having a bit of an Elliott Smith phase right now.. particularly the Either/Or album. I remember when it first came out, the songs had a really uncanny familiar quality. Like I’d heard them before when I hadn’t, then on a second listening feeling like I was already really familiar with them. It was a little bit uncanny.
I saw the ‘Heaven Adores You’ film a a few weeks ago and that really stayed with me.
So I wanted to make Elliott Smith…obviously!
I took him to the record store!
The Singer/Songwriter & Sixties section, because he would have liked that, I think.
My favorite Elliott Smith album. I do keep playing Alameda on the guitar too! Still learning that one.
Please meet the esteemed Mr. Karl Marx.
I thought he’d be good for some fun with quotes! This building is church in London near Tottenham Court road.. although it look like some sort of municipal council town hall type building!
So religion & money… the things you are not supposed to discuss. Karl talks about everything!
Next stop for Mr Marx… Highgate cemetery of course!
Hopefully next week. That’s the plan….with our buddy Mr. Dave C.
So, It was Saturday night. Bowling Night for the Big Lebowski guys. Well, every night is bowling night unless you are chasing down Nihilists or hanging out with Maud.
At the Bowling lanes…….With Jesus, Donny, Walter & The Dude! Drinks first…….
Then admiring some memorabilia….
OK….Now the sound of The Eagles Hotel California, Mexican Style because the Jesus just bowled a killer Strike!!!
Walter looks worried!!
He takes it out on Donny!
In the meantime The Dude has on of his acid flashbacks….an enormous rack of huge bowling shoes!!
They take a break and sit down…….
But not for too long……
Last week I went to Paris! It is a beautiful city and I had great friends to visit, so Thank you Isabelle & Thierry!
It was the perfect opportunity to take the Existentialists, Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir to revisit some of their old haunts. So with Isabelle we did the alternative tour of Existentialist Paris
Coffee at the Cafe De Flore
A word about the lobsters…I read that Jean-Paul Satre took mescaline and had hallucinations that lobsters were following him everywhere. So… I knitted him some ‘hallucinations’!
Cafe Deux Magots, which doesn’t mean maggots. It means two small monkeys!
The Boulevard sign…
Montparnasse Cemetery where the real Simone & Jean-Paul are buried.
Finally, the Sorbonne, where they met and studied.
It was much better that the usual sightseeing touristy tour of Paris!
More Existentialist meanderings…Albert Camus on the absurdity of life. He is inspired… while wandering the streets.
Taking the photos is fun but I love adding the quotes!
He’s right at home with Jean-Paul Satre and Simone De Beauvoir at the Cafe De Flore….
I always really enjoy these school of Life Films..this Camus one is especially good.
Before Christmas I made a special commission Tom Waits. This one had some really specific requirements. He had to be animate-able so he has a removable hat and his jacket can open or close with a press stud. I received a couple of pictures of Tom in his new place last week..
The best thing though is that Tom is living with one of the most awesomely talented song writers I have ever encountered…. (& I have know one or two). I’m very happy to have made the acquaintance of time fabulous Mr. Jay Fynn.
Please take a listen to these beautiful songs. There are four collections of 22 songs in all:
I think what I love is the gentle soothing melodies, intricate guitar finger picking and beautiful words and quite honestly how they make you feel! After a listening to a couple of these, somehow all is well in the world again!
I am on a bit of a mission to contribute to the Jay Fynn recording fund because after a catch up last week it’s evident that there is so much more incredible material and I really want to hear more….a collection of songs about celebrities/influences, the ‘icons’ series including Mr. Waits who may become animated.. or not (but who cares), murder ballads! Funny songs about how kittens don’t break your heart, a collection of songs in Spanish, sexy songs about playing scrabble. For now though please enjoy these & do share. The songs can be downloaded for between £0 & any amount you’d like.
In the crazy world we live songs like these which offer some respite and relief from troubles are extremely precious… Enjoy the magic of Jay Fynn.
Jay Fynn…with Tom!
OK…. One more Bob done!!!
I finished this Highway 61 Bob last light. I’m going out to night to see Sid Griffin, so I thought I need to to introduce a new Bob! He’s met Jack Fate twice already.
I tried to get the detail right for the Triumph Motorcycle T-shirt!
Next step.. try to set up to photograph the LP cover. I’m sure I can use a Blythe doll to stand at the back holding a camera.
I have so many more to finish but they are all really close. Mainly just needing hair!
I have a feeling these might all need to stay with Jane Fate in Germany for a while & I need to stop making these… because it makes me feel like a crazy person!
I have just today completed three more Jack Fates. That’s Bob Dylan’s ‘Masked and Anonymous’ character form on 2003 film.
These are all ready to post now in time for Christmas.
You will get…
Miniature Replica guitar (black Fender telecaster)
Adjustable Guitar strap
Certificate, signed and numbered
These are all numbered limited editions and these three are numbers eleven to thirteen. Each doll takes around 8 to 10 hours to complete. They have a strong wire frame inside which means that it’s very easy for him to stand up by himself and his arms can easily be moved around to strum the guitar.
I am asking £90 for each doll, plus postage depending on where he’s travelling to.
Interested.. maybe? Please send an email to Liz firstname.lastname@example.org
These guys need to find good homes!
I’m a big fan on Neil Young so I really enjoyed making this one! It’s the Buffalo Springfield Era… So many great songwriters in that band! I love all their albums.
But this was fun because of all the details…Namely the fringing & beads in his Indian tunic.
He has an authentic replica “Old Black” guitar.