LEFTZ turns 1!
Even though my creations are so young and still new to a lot of people, I thought I would take this time to show how far I have come in 1 year. From the moment I started, sewing became my passion. It allows me to be creative and to do things I thought weren't possible. Let's take a look at a couple of early designs.
Though I'm not allowed to choose favorites, secretly I do, and Dale has won. Dale's basic body shape hasn't changed too much, but now his "scars" are more defined, and his blank stare is replaced with a spark of playfulness.
Luke the giraffe has taken big strides and now has legs to run around on. He steps away from being a wallflower and comes to life with definition and character.
Along with figuring out how to make my plush more than just flat objects, I discovered how to photograph them so that they came to life. The contrast on my older photos was insanely too high and the true colors were difficult to tell. I try to tell a story with my new photos but without cluttering them with tons of objects.
As you can see my lighting and angles have changed. My photos have gone from dark, poorly lit to well lit with interesting angles, showing off all the features of my creations.
This year has been full of laughter and tears. I've discovered a love for sewing that I never knew I had. I've surprised myself with designs that I didn't think I could create. I've gone from swearing off sewing because I can't follow patterns to being published in a magazine dedicated to plush. -- No books, no patterns, just me.
Everyone I have met along the way has had their part in my creations. From silly late night conversations to words of encouragement from friends, all these things together have kept me on my toes and yearning to learn and create more.
Thank you to everyone who has smiled at the sight of a one-eyed plush and thought,
"I wonder if she hugged or punched that one..?" ;)