Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fairy Tale Project: Little Red Riding Hood

My partner for this project was the awesome Violet Peppermint, she chose Little Red Riding Hood as her fairytale. It was great to hear Violet's views on the classic story, she was drawn to the conflicting elements of a morbid story where an innocent young girl triumphs, but only by committing murder. Violet said the dark tone of the fairytale reminded her of the movie Pan's Labyrinth and that she loved the iconic image of Red and the wolf.

For my plush I decided to combine the images of Red and the wolf, I wanted to reference the part of the story where one character eats the other. Also the idea that, in the end, Red is almost as dangerous as the wolf, she does kill him after all. By coincidence, just after I got Violet Peppermint's email about Red, I sat down to watch the movie Hard Candy, a contemporary re-telling of Red Riding Hood if ever there was one.

The plush has a girl's large eyes with long eyelashes, and a red cape and hood. Two ears point out of the hood, and on the back of her body I used machine embroidery to suggest the shape of a bushy wolves tail. Also, an oh-so-tragic red tear to suggest a trauma of some kind has occurred.


I kept to a red and black colour scheme to keep a bit of dark drama. The body is cotton, with machine embroidered details. For the face I designed and hand cut a stencil then used a dark fabric paint and red highlights on the eyes. She is up for sale in my etsy shop .

It's been good fun doing my first project with the Plush Team, I've loved the challenge, and it's great to meet lots of creative plush-makers.

6 comments:

redmag said...

She is fantastic!

moogan said...

she's so awesome

Katy said...

she is amazing!!!! My sewing machine is having a bad time at the minute, a little poorly, so I am struggling to get my plush finished. AGH!!!!

Moon's Creations said...

How fantastic! I love the concept.

Kooky said...

Wonderful - I love her!

emilybee said...

Net, she's amazing! I *love* how you've combined the elements of both Little Red and the Wolf into one plush! So original! She is adorable. I love her anime-esque face, her colour scheme (I'm in love with striped socks, so that alone is brilliant, lol). The blood tear is a great little detail. I think you've really captured the darkness of this fairytale quite successfully. Amazing job! ♥ ^_^

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