20 somethingsAvantGarb used to be populated by 40 something and 50 something women ----but, the times they are a'changing. Now there are very talented, really attractive and very funny 20 somethings bringing the mascots to life.
...and the 20 somethings have a following of other very talented and really attractive and very funny 20 somethings. There has been an uptick of visitors coming through our door. They come to see their friends, check out the scene at AvantGarb or sometimes they come just to be near an object of affection.
Anne's sketch of the 20 somethings and me at AvantGarb
Which is what happened a few days ago. A young woman came by to check out the place ---but really to stare and swoon at the object of her affection. The woman wasn't leaving.
I realized I was going to have to make a policy.
The PolicySo bless the young woman with a huge crush on one of the GarbGangGuys. Because of her, AvantGarb now has a policy - drop-by visits are 5 or 10 minutes. We've written a script to ease visitors out of the door. It goes something like this:
"Oh sweetie, I'm delighted you stopped by. Here, have some magnetic googlie eyes. I have to get back to the serious business of making mascots. See you later. Bye"
The SwoonEach day, we are busy falling in love with the character we are bringing to life.
We make real objects in the real world. We sculpt and form and plan and sew all the facets of a character so that in can walk and wiggle and move through the world - or at least a stadium or community gathering. It is consuming. We are swooning for the mascot - we are in our day, and that day is one of creative collaboration.
Matt makes a Soybean
Laura makes a muscle
Wren makes a kangaroo tail
Katie gets carried away by a Jazzy Bear in Utah