16 May 2007

3 days - the yakatzas

These little guys were designed by Matt and inspired by the body tattoos of the yakuzas and by anime. To be honest, I am not sure how I feel about their construction. There are things I might do differently next time. Overall, I do like them. Especially their little paws:

yakatza - paw

I have to say, I am suddenly extremely nervous about the open studio. If I were to go with underwhelming response I have been getting on here, I have a lot to worry about. I don't want this to suck ass, but I am really afraid right now that maybe I am not hitting the mark. I am not asking for a load of compliments and such, but I do appreciate feedback, as we all do. The silence I am getting is resounding, and it takes me back to critiques at that school that shall not be mentioned by name. There was nothing worse than working on something for days only to be met with suffocating silence at the critique. I certainly hope that I am not coming across as one of those bloggers who basically begs for affirmation and reassurance with their every post. I do believe that when we make something and are pleased enough with it to post about it, we expect some kind of feedback, some kind of response. I am really nervous about whether the fact that no one is saying anything (not that I have such a huge readership - I wouldn't be surprised if I could count the number of people who read this boondoggle on my fingers and toes - and let me thank you again for giving me the time and reading) means that this is lame and that I am producing shite work. Please excuse my momentary lapse into insane insecurity. I am going to go finish up some projects and try to feel a little better about myself and my work before showtime....

P.S. - If you have left feedback for me in the last few days, thank you so much because it really has meant a lot to me in the middle of this maelstrom of production.

18 comments:

FemiKnitMafia said...

Let me be the first to say that these softies are fabulous! And for context, I'm generally luke warm about softies. But as you produce new designs, I swear I like each one better than the one before. Hang in there.

melissa said...

oh the paws kill me! they're so sweet. :)

Barbara said...

I love reading your blog, and I make time for it even when I'm busy. I make softies too (of a different sort) and it's very inspiring to see the different shapes, colours, and personalities you create. I think it's pretty normal to have little attacks of insecurity when you're an artist, and sometimes all you hear are the crickets chirping. It can be hard to find the right words to express appreciation of someone's work (that's my excuse) and a good kick in the butt is good for us too :)

Net said...

I'm a new reader of your blog, I found it about a week ago and added it to my bloglines straight away.

I love that some of your softies are crazy insect-like creatures. For me, the strength of them is in the quirkyness without "saccharine cute", and your fabric choices are always beautiful. My favourite pieces though are your screens. I can't place why I like them so much - the delicate composition, the "arty elevation" of patchwork - I just love them. I really appreciate the tutorial too.

It's very normal to feel terrified when putting your work up in front of people. If you weren't worried, you wouldn't keep improving and your work wouldn't be as good as it is.

If I lived in the US, I'd totally come to your open studio. Lots of luck and hugs.

Marisa said...

I love them! Sorry I have been silent... I guess I just don't have much to say about your work besides that they are gorgeous! I love the color combos on the latest two and the paws are soooooooo cute.

sulu-design said...

I love 'em, too! I've been commenting less on blogs across the board recently as I'm bogged down with life stuff (oh, that annoying life stuff), but I was really struck by the cuteness that I saw in your post yesterday. I love that you and Matt worked together on these guys, and I enjoy hearing about your inspiration sources - the tattoo reference is spot-on.

Sarah said...

First of all, love, you have 63 subscribers on bloglines and that's like 3 times as much as I do, so people love you! I have been lax in commenting because the hives made it hard to concentrate on anything and half the time, google won't let me sign on so I can post on here. But I love the new softies, but not as much as Manny, because he is a God among Manti.

Julia said...

As usual, I'm a huge fan of your bugs and Zaubermaus! I love the japanese "tattoo" fabric on the cats, too. I always stop by your blog, sorry for the lack of commenting! I guess I have been enjoying and absorbing and not giving back. I bet you'd be surpirsed how much traffic you actually get on your blog, and how many people read your posts and look at your softies. I have a "site meter" that tells me how much traffic I am getting. Some weeks, it's about 1,500 visits!! How many comments do I get though? 6. I don't really mind, I just think people are lazy...or just want to peruse the internet after a day at work, or before work, without typing. As usual though, I am still a huge fan of your softies, hehe! =)

Diana said...

Gorgeous as always! I can't wait to meet these new folks in person!

Ashley said...

Sorry I've been MIA--the parental visit has meant less computer time--somehow they don't understand that I'd want to look at strangers' pictures online rather than talk to them :) These guys are adorable and hilarious and you are going to knock it out of the park this weekend.

Laura said...

I really am in love with your screens. I enjoy seeing these creations -- abstract art "painted" in fabric. I also love your eye for fabric pairings in your softies. You are very good at both of these things. Of course, I don't make fabric "things," but I do study art, but anyway, that is my opinion. I have my Soto softie in my office! I consider him a piece of art.

Sonya said...

Wow that bites - post a new creation and only one comment. Sorry for not adding my two cents - I am with Susan, I have been trying to cut down the compulsion to comment on every single post in an effort to achieve balance (failing). The two photos make for an amusing juxtaposition. Mergie on his own does look thoroughly blissed out, but somehow the pair, sitting up look much less so. Maybe it's the paws akimbo. And padded paws - so nice.

Ashley said...

I alway feel silly commenting on blogs, don't know why, but I have to say how much I admire your bugs and softies. I have never been a big softie fan, but all of your bug/zaubers/squirrels are converting me!

You will do a wonderful job at the show, and know we will be here sending love and good vibes to you.

-Ash-

knittingphilistine said...

Maritza, I hope it's clear to you how much I love your work. I hope the open studio is a rawkin' success, as you certainly deserve it. And, of course, I'll have my new buddies to look forward to. Fingers are crossed for you and all those awesome softies!

Jenna said...

I love coming to your blog because you are so creative, inspiring and productive. Sorry for never adding my two cents. I think visitors at the open house will be blown away by your creations. Your style is unique and in a medium that many people are not familiar with. keep up the good work.

amisha said...

hi maritza... i am also not so great at commenting these days but i want to say that i think your work is amazing. the creativity of your forms, the colors, the pattern + unique personality you give your creations is fantastic and i think that it will shine through in your open studio! (wish i could be there!) these latest guys are great... i love the tattoo reference and the paws too :) i hear you and empathize about the critique feeling... it's ick... you'll get through this and it is going to be great. xo

Greeley said...

I was just telling andy that I hope mergie is available on etsy for his niece's birthday gift. Can't wait for this weekend. If you want company I volunteer to be the knitter-in-a-chair installation.

lookwhaticando said...

Sorry...been super duper swamped and now Memphis is sick....they look fantastic. Good luck with you show!!!xoxo