Thursday, March 31, 2011

Frodo (No Hands) Test


video
Frodo Digs My Sofa / mov file

This is just a test to see if I can upload a video... the only hands involved were my own holding the camera...

If successful... I will post a hand-related video tomorrow.

Working Hand

Hand Holding Important Beverage / illustration

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One Of Sixteen

 Porcelain Glove Mold Wrapped / photograph


Detail Of Porcelain Glove Mold Wrapped / photograph

I purchased a box of 16 matching Porcelain Glove Molds. I gave away one of them to someone who also appreciates visual imagery related to hands. They are all in mint condition and have a green glazed band at the base. I keep all but one in a big box stored in my garage.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hand Rest

Porcelain Glove Mold Wrapped in Bubble Plastic Against Blue Blanket / Photograph

This porcelain glove mold is resting on my favorite sofa blanket.

Makes me sleepy and jealous (the resting on a soft blanket part - not the being wrapped in bubble plastic part).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue Hand Monday

Blue Hand 1 / illustration

Blue Hand 2 / illustration

Kind of a sad day - blue hands seemed appropriate.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Frodo Friday... Again!

Frodo & Hand Pillow: 1 / Photograph


Frodo & Hand Pillow: 2 / photograph


Frodo, Dead Thing & Hand Pillow / Photograph

Frodo's favorite toys, in which to gum the hours away, resemble dead things. A stuffingless skunk is featured in the photo above. I refer to the skunk as "Dead Thing 2" - It sports a tail squeaker as well as a head squeaker.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Assorted Hands In A Small Corner Of My Kitchen

Six Porcelain Glove Molds and One Glass Hand / photo illustration

This group of hands sit in the space above the kitchen cabinets, between the range hood and a wall. It is the perfect hand display nook.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Living Room Window With Five Porcelain Glove Molds

Living Room Window With Five Porcelain Glove Molds / photograph


 Window Glove Molds / photograph

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kitchen Window With Six Porcelain Glove Molds

 Six Porcelain Glove Molds - 1 / photograph


Six Porcelain Glove Molds - 2 / photograph

Six Porcelain Glove Molds - 3 / photograph

Friday, March 18, 2011

Frodo Friday... All Tongue & No Teeth

Frodo With A Hand-Made Hand Pillow / photograph

Frodo Without A Hand-Made Hand Pillow / photograph

This little dog makes my life better. I adopted him from the animal shelter. He was eight years old and completely toothless... he's perfect.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Range Porcelain Glove Mold

Porcelain Glove Mold With Black Glaze / photograph

Porcelain Glove Mold With Big Wood Base / photograph

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Semi Feral Glove Mold

Semi Feral Glove Mold / photograph
 

The glove mold is dwarfed by the big ass patio pots...

This particular glove mold lives outside on my patio. I purchased the mold on ebay, and it arrived attached to a big, round, wooded base (an odd after-market addition). I decided to leave the base attached and take advantage of the increased stability... it has survived five years of wind, rain, scorching summers, squirrels, cats, dogs and occasional yard work.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Glove Mold On The Floor

Textured Glove Mold On Floor / photograph

Even though glove molds are very industrial, I find them to be beautiful. The light seems to love their form. They look fantastic when grouped together... a visual rhythm through repetition. When displayed or photographed singularly, a glove mold can convey strength with it's streamlined, detached human shape.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sometimes Hands Are Sad

Two Broken Hands / poorly focused photograph

More hands around my house: A broken small ceramic hand and a broken porcelain glove mold.

Yes - I accidentally broke each of these hands. I have broken a few others as well, but I threw the others away after the damage occurred. The hands pictured above... I saved, but I am not sure why.

Sad broken hands against a background of sad blue puffy clouds. I photographed the broken hands against a hand painted screen to emphasize the sadness that they epitomize.

The saddest part: I misplaced the broken finger from the glove mold on the right because I thought it could be repaired. I put it in a special place so as not to lose it... and now I can not find it. (Or perhaps the saddest part is that I don't throw broken stuff away.)

Enough sadness for a Monday.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Detail Of Textured Glove Mold - Size 8

Textured Glove Mold Against Red / Photograph

This hand, from my hand collection, has defined areas of spot-texture. I believe it's is made of porcelain even though its unglazed and slightly lighter in weight than many of my other similar sized glove molds.

It has the word sample stamped near the base; perhaps it is not an actual glove mold but a facsimile of what a glove mold might look like.

The texture makes gloves produced from this mold more grippy... like the gloves used for washing dishes. I like this glove mold, but I dislike doing dishes... big surprise.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Photography... Kinda

Playing With Photo Booth / photography... kinda

My laptop has a "photo booth" application... above is an example of my hands just playing around with it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stealin Stuff

Klepto Hand / vector illustration

My own hand... stealing a lower case "c"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have A Balloon

Clown Arm / illustration

Whole clowns creep me out... A clown's face also creeps me out... but just a clown arm? Not so much.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hand Carved Hand

Hand Carved Hand / photograph of wooden hand

This hand carved hand was given to me as a gift. It is the size a large man's hand. Sometimes I place things in the palm.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Another Hand From My Hand Collection


Clear Acrylic Detail / photograph

Clear Acrylic Hand / photograph

This was an ebay purchase. The hand is very light in weight. I have no idea if it's purpose is anything more than decorative.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Peek-A-Boo!

Girly Spy Hands / illustration

This would look great blown up, mounted to board and hung above my sofa.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm Crushing Your Head

I'm Crushing Your Head / vector illustration


I'm Still Crushing Your Head... But With A Pink Background Now / vector illustration


12 Choices For Head Crushing / vector illustration

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cheapest Hand Model I Could Find

Silhouette of my own hand / illustration

Step One: My hand, photographed by my other hand, in front of my monitor. My monitor had a full blank screen. The camera's flash was disabled.

Step Two: The image was opened  and cropped in Adobe Photoshop. Contrast and fidelity of edge were manipulated.

Step Three: The image was opened in Adobe Illustrator, where the "live Trace" tool was used... resulting in a smooth vector-based image.

See post archive from February 20 (colorful-writing-process) for examples of step one and step two.

Fall Ahead / detail from Fall 2009 catalog cover