Here's a sewing project of a different kind I did which is to create a mascot! It's a refreshing change to clothe "Pao", instead of people, and obviously he doesn't have much of a say and turned out pretty cute!
It took me about 3 or 4 days to complete Pao from fabric hunting to hand stitching. I guess the photos above are self-explanatory as to how I went about softening the angular body edges of the mascot by using layers of batting. Nylon fleece is the perfect material for soft-toys and mascots as it is a bit furry and stretchy. The fabrics were from Brighton at People's Park Centre and we were in luck as they were having a good 40% off sale. All the parts were covered in a thick layer of batting and hot-glued to the cardboard skeleton. After a couple of burnt fingers and pinkies later, this provided a good strong base for me to pin on the nylon fleece onto, smoothening out any wrinkles, and hand stitched the nylon fleece onto the batting. After all the parts were covered in fabulous furry fleece, they were inserted into the body, and hand-stitched together around the joints to secure it.
Pao's inner skeleton is made up of different separated body parts of double layered cardboard mapped out in 3D software and then hand cut by @reality_crafts. Hence that's how you get a real, life-sized, 1.4metre tall proportionate Pao.
It was such a privilege to finally be at XPC.sg in person as I was recommended it before while researching for craftsmen workspaces in Singapore. They provide all kinds of DIY heavy duty woodworking tools and the people there are working on really interesting crafts ranging from carpentry and metalworks to the finer jewellery making art. It's an interesting shared space community comprising of craftsmen with amazing skills.
Pao is @aheeoee's mascot for an exhibition, HYPERDIMENSION, organised by @assemblysite team for Liang Court shopping mall in conjunction with Singapore Design Week 2016. The exhibit will be on til 20 March 2016 with contests running so go participate if you are in the area!
Pao would love for you to visit him.