Most, but not all the dogs I make get named. The black life-size poodle, that is made of foam and black tissue paper is called "Tish". Her friend made of shredded book pages, he never got a name.
This little Scotty dog, we called scrappy. He's foam with scrap paper hair made of shredded book print. Book print at it turns out, has a nice variation in color and looks more like hair.
How could I not make a life size afghan hound out of silver lame and not name her Cher. There is not a lot of cheating in this dog. To get the bulk of real dog hair, there are yards and yards of lame that have been cut into strips and then layered on as through she was getting a weave done. Cher indeed.
Why would you make a dog out of ostrich feathers? The better question is why wouldn't you? Boa, named for obvious reasons, was picked up by Brink and Mayors for their holiday collection.
I don't know why we didn't call him sequin since no one could ever spell paillette. This little fella was a labor of love. I really just wanted a dog that looked like a disco ball.
I love Dame Maggie Smith. She, like Meryl Streep can do no wrong in my book. When we started making this poodle out of brillo pads (really, Brillo pads) and painted in silver, well, it just looked like Maggie Smith. All she needed was pearls.
Sometimes the materials just speak to you. This dog, covered in short silver tinsel, reminds me of my dog Ziggy.
As odd as it seems, our little pup Rocky is covered in aquarium gravel. I don't know why, but it just worked.
Scrappy has had a couple of incarnations. Here, he's been done in pink paper and is climbing a giant cupcake, as dogs often do.