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Jabberwocky Tapestry

TapestryStory

I had tons of fun with this one, especially with the spelling. Not only are all u’s turned to v’s automatically, but I tried to spelle as olde-fashionede as possible. Mainly by adding e’s to the ends of words.

This assignment is the 3 1/2 star “Tell a Tale on a Tapestry”. The tale I’ve chosen to tell is the Jabberwocky poem by Lewis Carroll. In particular, it’s the part where the son, who has been searching for the beast, is instead found by it instead.

I decided I wanted to do the tapestry assignment because it looked really cool, and the hard part wasn’t necessarily creating it- the website has all the tools you need. It’s using what the website gives you that’s the difficult part- there’s not a whole ton of options. Some animals, various men with pointy objects, a selection of trees and a longboat or two are pretty much it. I had such a hard time trying to figure out a story to tell when the Jabberwocky poem just.. leapt into my head? Actually, since I learned it as a song in 8th grade choir, it got stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. I gave in to the earworm and put it on the tapestry. I hope you’re pleased, Jabberwock. Then I had to figure out how to tell the story.

The trees I chose because they looked the weirdest, and therefore the best choice for the “tumtum” tree(s) the hero rests under as he pauses in his quest for the Jabberwock, with “the jaws that bite, the claws that catch”. The hero was the best-looking dude with a sword that I mirrored to put his back to the trees and facing the Jabberwock. For the beast itself, imma be real honest here, I used a cow. The other creatures were weirdly twisted and the sun thingy I layered on top of the head to make “eyes of flame” fit the cow head the best. So. um. there it is. Plus I thought the legs were funny, like it was hopping or something. In my defense, I made this very late at night.

The text was actually the hardest to do, since you can only move the text box on the y-axis, and the left side on the x-axis. It automatically goes all the way to the right, which meant about 5 minutes of sheer frustration as I tried to figure out how to make the text NOT go over the tumtum trees. Ultimately I gave up and just shifted the trees down a bit. The text is probably the bit I’m the least pleased with; I feel that the last bit of text after the guy is too subdued and easy to overlook.

I dunno. I’m still snickering over my magical hopping cow with eyes to rival the Ark of the Covenant in the first Indiana Jones movie.