Finally after several weeks of not really making any worthy art I have started to get creative again. I have a friend who dresses up as a pirate for fun at pirate festivals and the Renaissance Fair. He recently bought this stuffed monkey to add to his costume (along with a cane toad purse which was very cool!!) He asked me if I would Zombi-fi the monkey for him. I wanted to get some ideas and inspiration, so I typed Zombie Pirate Monkey into Google and found there is a website by that same name, which is ridiculously funny to me. My friend asked me to do this and then, and then he actually took out a box of beads and said I could look through it. I found this to be a rather dangerous thing, I suppose trustworthiness does not pay on such occasions. He had some great skull beads and he also had some animal vertebrae, some stones riddled with tiny holes from one of my favorite places in the region called Chimney Bluffs. There were other lovely beads in the two boxes he had. He also had a bone that he said he thought was from a turtle. He is an avid hunter and fishes too, I wasn’t sure if he said he got the bone from one of his excursions or if a friend had given it to him.
Once I got the monkey back to my studio I started to look through my fabric. I love that time when you start to go through your fabric and you discover pieces you didn’t remember. So as I was looking for some fabric that would serve well for making the teeth I found some purple fabric with ghostly skulls running in a long line down the length of the fabric and made that into the scarf. I also had some fabric that is my least favorite color, brown, and it has pink skulls on it but the cross bones are knitting needles, a must buy the minute I saw it at Mission Rose in North Syracuse. I made that into the belt. My Mom was visiting and sewing at one table and I doing my hand sewing at another. She helped me sew a couple of items on the machine too. So the end result of a relatively normal looking stuffed monkey, with a hangman’s noose to hold it to The Pirate’s belt.