This is actually about an art project, and, as the expression goes, I think something is trying to tell me somebody… Has been for a while, actually.
Years ago, my friend Grace got an idea for some art dolls she really wanted to make. She asked me if I’d be willing to help, because these, unlike most of what she makes, would require wire armatures, plus some bits made of hard materials instead of fabric. And I agreed, and we talked a lot about how we’d go about making these things, but that was as far as it went. Because, to be honest, we both were — and still are — really, really nervous (I’d say scared half-incoherent sometimes, in my own case) about what we’d do with the things once they’re finished.
Grace wants to display them in the art show at a sci-fi convention somewhere. (Probably the one in Albuquerque, hence the extra eep!) Sounds like an idea, except… what if it offends someone? I know most people aren’t offended by fan art inspired by written works, but I have some pretty strong feelings on fan writing for same (I’m against it, at least as far as putting anything out where other people can see it is concerned), and I would never want someone to see art that I helped make the way I see fanfic. I would most definitely not want certain specific people to see my art — even art that I just had a small hand in making — that way. And Grace… Well, she once made a quilt inspired by a science fiction novel, and sent a photo of that quilt to the author of that novel, and ever since then, she’s felt that she may have offended that author just by making the thing (which I think is highly unlikely), so she’s worried, too.
(Someone is/will be wondering what this art project is. So this is me trying to explain while not having a fit of fannish anxiety: There will eventually be 13 of the things in the full set — 9 and 4 — and the subject matter is something that most fan art, for obvious reasons, does as paintings or drawings. Portraits, often in miniature…)
The project is mostly Grace’s, as I’ve said. I’ll be making the wire understructures and the ‘shiny/pointy bits’ (armor, weapons, etc.). I’ll make wire shapes that can hold the fabric and such into the correct shapes, then Grace will add all that fabric, and then I’ll make plastic swords and axes and whatever; I may be responsible for a staff, and definitely hundreds and hundreds of tiny scales for armor, and I am so very much not looking forward to making them, but the sense of accomplishment afterward will be good.