Tipis


I spent most of yesterday painting a 5.5m Tipi.  It was a lof of fun and the weather was just right.  The Swallows in the barn roof seemed to take an interest in between nest building.  To get Kokopelli’s design on the tipi I erected a scaffold tower and used it to hang the canvas.

Tipi canva hanging from Scaffold Tower

Tipi canvas hanging from Scaffold Tower

I awaited dusk to use a projector to place the image on the canvas and trace round.  The canvas was then laid out on the barn floor and painting began at 4pm and finished at 11.30.  I painted nearly non-stop and was entertained by www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com playing some great music.  You can see the progress below. I added a red to the top of the canvas but it was too dark to take a pic.  The Tipi will be out this weekend and I will add more pics then.

Kokopelli is joined by our little promo tipi getting a lick of extra paint.

Kokopelli is joined by our little promo tipi getting a lick of extra paint.

Painted Tipi with crop circle design door flap

Painted Tipi with crop circle design door flap

So who is Kokopelli?

Kokopelli

I first met Kokopelli on a t-shirt dancing in front of a full moon.  He is a common site in the south western United States. I liked the little figure and enjoyed reading his legend.

Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player , who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.

More info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokopelli
http://www.drlamay.com/kokopelli.htm

Kokopelli has been a totem for friends and I for many years and has proved a lucky mascot.

We made a start on the Painted Tipi project this week. First up a little 1m diameter promo tipi. Nothing too large and unwieldly to handle. Traced the design out on the floor of the living room and used a mixture of acrylic fabric paint and some left-over green exterior paint. The fabric paint is much better and does not soak in so much. The back design was based on a crop circle.

When I grow up I want to be a 18 footer

When I grow up I want to be a 18 footer

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Next up is a full size 18ft Tipi to get the paint treatment. Going to help draw the design out using Photoshop to create it and then project it on the canvas.

Over The Moon’s crew has a Jester to keep it entertained and spirits up when working the long summer days.  The Jester provided a lovely tent related joke for us this week.

A man pays a visit to his doctor and tells him,

“On Monday night I dreamt I was a Tipi, and then on tuesday night I dreamt I was a Yurt.” 

“Hmm”, said the doctor pondering the meaning of these dreams. Then he exclaimed, ” Don’t worry, you are just Too Tense”.

 

The Jester strikes the funny bone again

The Jester strikes the funny bone again

Over The Moon Tipi as featured in The Times, April 18th 2009

Over The Moon Tipi as featured in The Times, April 18th 2009

Over The Moon Tipis featured in The Times newspaper on Saturday 18th April.  A tipi was used as back drop to a fashion feature in the saturday magazine supplement.

We headed right into the heart of the nation’s capital with a tipi on Monday. The mission was to put up a tipi for a fashion shoot for the Times newspaper’s Saturday 18 April 2009 supplement.  In 35mph gusts we had our work cut out but we managed it and they got their shots.  Keep an eye out for the pics in the supplement.

Crikey.. the tipi braves the traffic by the Tower of London

Crikey.. the tipi braves the traffic by the Tower of London

Tipi Fashion Shoot

Tipi Fashion Shoot