|The First Three|
Enter then, a second level of anti-perfection, where instead of honest attempts at perfection that go awry like those examples above, we have deliberate posed scenarios. Mockeries of perfection, parodies of the successful, juxtaposition of elements to deliberately generate humor. It's this side of the coin that gives us "Don't Care Bears" and "Garbage Pail Kids" and "My Drunk Kitchen" videos and everything that Leslie Nielsen ever starred in. Photoshop folks had a world of this type of fun with Thomas Kinkade's paintings over at the site Something Awful.
The Bad Neighborhood series started with a Halloween ornament I did for Just CrossStitch. I wanted to start with a cute little house, then do something to it to make it scary. My arachnophobic daughter confirmed that the house was no longer "sweet."
I enjoyed the project and felt a certain need to expand on it. I wanted to provide a counter-note to those charts of perfect houses out there. So, this is a series of little vignettes where things look pleasant but something is off. So far, we have:
- a lakeside house in a beautiful flowering meadow, with a tentacle reaching out of the pond to grab a quick snack
- an adobe villa fenced with ocotillo and cacti blooming in the yard, that happened to be built on an ancient Indian burial ground
- a friendly little city where the river seems to have been contaminated with green slime
I'm planning on three more in the series, and I'm doing a version with all six on the same cloth.
I have an odd sense of humor, I am told, and I know that certainly not everyone shares in the same pleasures I do. I also know that of my many fans, every one of them can point to Ink Circles projects in my catalog and say "I really don't care for that one" or "it's interesting, but I would never stitch it" or "WTF?" I'm also totally okay with a stitcher converting my scene back to a more desired location by omitting the offending detail - I wouldn't think it would be a difficult modification. If you haven't discovered, I do what moves me and it does run a fairly wide spectrum. I'm not expecting every chart to be a bestseller or there would be 50 Cirques and little else. I just want to connect with the stitchers who at that moment are with me. If what I've done moves you too, then jump on board, otherwise just wait a little while for the wavelength to change.