Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Did I tell you I am going to be in a book? Well, I am, and it's a hairy one, too. It's called Hair'em Scare'em, published by Gestalten, and coming out next month. It looks mighty fine from the previews, and I am really, I mean REALLY excited to be included among artists like Nick Cave, who I have raved about on my other blog before, and who made the amazing "sound suit" below.
Labels: beard press
Monday, September 28, 2009
Just got a lovely package from the amazing Felicita Sala of babouche rouge, can you even believe how adorable that beardo astronaut it??
Also wanted to show you the print I got from the ever talented Simon Peplow. It's kinda funny hanging over all the knicknacks on my dresser, but I think of that beardy fellow as ruling over that whole space now. After he finishes his tea, he'd better get to rearranging my stuff :)
Thanks again to you both, and to the rest of you, check out their work!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It's giveaway time once again! I've been blogging here for over a year now (can you believe it??), so I thought I'd celebrate by doing a little giveaway. I am debuting these moustaches in my shop today, and to celebrate a year of beardy blogging, I'll be giving one away to one of my readers!
Just leave a comment below, maybe mentioning your favorite moustachioed individual (past or present). Don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I'll pick a winner at random on Friday 9/25. Woo hoo!
Thanks to all my loyal readers! It's been a great year, and it's all thanks to you :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Some days I worry that I might not have anything beard related to share with you guys! Luckily, I never seem to run out. I've started seeing beard related stuff everywhere, and here at the top of the heap is new work from the lovely Laura George! Lots of beardy goodness.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Prototype of a wintertime beard, which will be sold for much less than my other beards. Wintery fun for everyone! Thoughts? Feelings? Suggestions? I'd love to hear 'em.
You may be wondering, "What is this website? How did I get here? What's going on?" I Made You A Beard is an art project started in 2008 by me, Erin Dollar. I started this blog to document the beard-making process, and to highlight other great facial hair related art and craft. So why am I making fake beards? It's my most frequently asked question: why, why, why??
My favorite way to respond to this question is, "Why not?" If you had an opportunity to make something creative and fun for a living, would you take it? My fake beard project was something that snowballed in popularity faster than I had ever thought possible. It offered me a chance to work on art and craft projects full time, and I decided to enjoy that opportunity and learn everything I could from it.
You may have noticed, though, that I avoid answering the question of, "Why beards?" This part of the question is a little more multi-faceted for me. The beard project has resonated with a lot of people, for many different reasons.
I began making fake beards because it seemed like a funny idea, and I had a bunch of felt and yarn leftover from other projects. My friends thought they were really fun and silly, so I began making custom beards to match their hair and personalities. When more and more people started asking me to make them a beard, I decided to put the project online, and offer my beard making services to the world. Thus, I Made You A Beard was born.
I got a lot of positive feedback right from the outset, which was amazing, a real boost of confidence that I am incredibly grateful for. At the same time, I also got a small amount of particularly mean hate mail, which in a strange way, also propelled me forward with the project. I figured if it was evoking such strong reactions, I must be doing something right. Some people read a feminist or political statement into the project, which I can't say was necessarily something I was thinking about when I made my first few beards, but was certainly on my mind as I continued the project. I think there is something interesting about being a female beard maker, tapping into this strictly male domain of growing facial hair, and making this act of showmanship available to anyone. At the same time, I am celebrating beards, and creating technicolor facial hair that draws attention to this oft overlooked stylistic choice.
While there are certainly a lot of different conclusions you can take away from this project, I think the reason I have continued to make the beards is that so many people just enjoy the act of dressing up in the beards. When someone tries on a fake beard, their expression changes, and people around them start to smile and laugh. Through the I Made You A Beard project, I hope to encourage people to not take themselves too seriously; to try on the disguise, and to enjoy the slightly subversive act of having fun with facial hair.
Labels: an explanation
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This drawing makes me so happy! Artist Felicita Sala wrote me last week, letting me know that she made ME a beard :) I love it. She is super talented, check out her Etsy shop, babouche rouge, to see more of her work.
And just so you know, fellow beardos, I always welcome reader submissions and ideas for things to feature on this here beardy blog. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me with their crazy beard facts, figures, and links!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I can't remember if I've posted about Laith McGregor on here before, but his work is certainly worth a second look. Everything is drawn with a Bic pen. Pretty crazy. Just goes to show that artists can make something out of even the junkiest of materials.
The artist titled this one "Ready for the Flood," but I'm going to call him "Fancy Beard".
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Found this moustache tattoo on tattoo artist Sylvie LS's Flickr, which amuses me to no end. I can't imagine feeling wacky enough to get a beard or moustache related tattoo, but this guy's is hilarious.
Working on a beardy zine today. Very exciting, but I always forget how long it takes to scan everything. I was inspired to finish this project after seeing a friend's comics that she draws monthly. I have about ten projects halfway done right now, it's time to see something actually finished!
I'm hoping you can tell, but the drawing above is of Karl Marx, who had quite a clever beard.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Boom! It's a bright red beard! So vibrant! Why wear a red dress when you can wear a red beard??
This beard is only for the bold. Don't say you weren't warned.
Available in my shop later today.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have a dark grey beard. So moody. So pensive.
I am a big fan of wearing all grey. Not that you needed to know, but I'm just saying: what better way to top off your grey monochrome than a grey beard?
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sorry I was MIA last week. Combination cold/visitors made it a whirlwind week. But I'm back now, so you can stop your crying.
Lots of new special treats coming up. Until then, enjoy this beardy drawing by Damien Weighill.