Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Zelda Wall Hanging


This is the wall hanging I commissioned from my mother. It's based on this Wind Waker promotional desktop wallpaper with some modifications for material and sanity (Link's shield is obviously more detailed in the drawn version.) I was inspired both by the "best gaming tattoo ever" and previous quilts that my mom made.

The quilt took several months to finish and uses several different techniques. On my end the hardest part of the process was creating a black and white image with simplified design elements. After that I created several different colour schemes (some with the intention of making the quilt "easier" to make) and eventually settled on one that was similar to the original design. The black and white outline was then transferred to an overhead transparency and enlarged. From there the pieces were made while I played the waiting game and received tantalizing email updates somewhat akin to a reverse ransom demand as I saw bits and pieces of Link come together rather than fall apart. I'd love to go into more detail about the construction of the piece, but I was only present for the final bits so I'm not entirely certain on the process.

There are five more "stained glass" desktop images on the Wind Waker website (most of them are dead links, pardon the pun, but the images can be found elsewhere on the web) but I have no plans of asking my mom to finish up the set. I think I might find myself having to pay, one way or the other, if I did that. For now I am content to have the one quilt hanging in my livingroom.

Click the right-hand image for a detail shot of Link.

13 comments:

Henry "Pootie Chang" Pham said...

You lucky bugger - you should probably put it up on eBay after you get tired of it

MattyMatt said...

Any chance you could say a few words about what those "several different techniques" were? This is really breathtaking work.

~ M. said...

Seriously...1 please...

Doomstalk said...

Well, I know that she dyed some of the fabrics by hand.

Mary-Heather said...

Hand-dyed fabric on a handmade quilt? That is a LOT of work. If you ever put it up on ebay, you should... just don't. Seriously. Don't. It's beautiful.

(I'm not a gamer... here from Boing Boing... but I'm crafty).

Doomstalk said...

If he does, I will personally beat him.

Oh, and so long as you don't kill my friend's hosting, a 5 megapixel shot of the quilt can be found here.

Sammy Da Snail said...

How much for one?
Seriously . . Im in Hawaii email me . .

Andy said...

That is super-cool. I have one of the ohter Link shots rasturbated on my computer room wall.

http://phlog.net/entry/347699

baubles said...

Don't sell it like others are wanting you too. Stuff like this doesn't come easy so she had to have put in a lot of hours in this. She is really talented. You have every right to be proud. -Annie
p.s. - I mentioned don't sell it right?`

AGiES said...

Just so it is clear; I will never sell it. The wall hanging will stay in the family.

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aliera said...

that is an *awesome* quilt. You should get your mom to put up the quilt pattern/instructions for it.

sixnaughtyducks said...

Howdy! I just thought I'd let everyone here know that there's a shirt with a very similar design (almost exact) that you can buy at Hot Topic. Now everyone can have a piece of Zelda!

http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302028483&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442175233&bmUID=1212714190788