When it first occurred to me that I wanted to make a physical manifestation of a Minecraft "Mooshroom Cow", I was about 37 hours of sleep deprivation into building. There I was placing the final blocks on my fortress of unspeakable evil, and I hear what used to be an atmospheric "moo" become a loud "moo" that was too physically close to ignore. It was then that the cow sneaked up behind me, and pushed me off a cliff to my death.
|I even built a hedgemaze; I have no life.|
|Subject: Mooshroom Cow|
Plastic canvas and yarn became my method of choice because the canvas is rigid and naturally lends itself to the "voxel" style of sculpture. I google image searched the Mooshroom Cow and counting pixels, converted these dimensions to plastic canvas dimensions by the formula [# of pixels per side by # of pixels per side = plastic canvas holes + 1 by plastic canvas holes + 1]. I got some graph paper and sketched it out. I felt really smart and in charge of this craft project; I mean, I was using MATH and stuff. Obviously I was genius in the midst of my element.
|Mooshroom Cow Pattern|
The next day I attended my daughter's school program (where she delivered a public speech with perfect poise, I must brag) and afterwards I went to tell her how proud I was of her. Somewhere during this, she asked about the cow so I showed her a picture of the cow on my phone. At first her eyes lit up but then she got confused and said, "Where are the mushrooms, mommy?" I raised my eyebrows as if to say "To which mushrooms are you referring?" but I knew. We both knew. I knew I'd made the decision at 5:30am to leave the mushrooms off the back because it was hard and would have taken more planning than I had the inkling for 12 hours earlier. My daughter's friends came over and looked at the picture and also said, "It's cool... but where are the mushrooms?" Like a chorus, in perfect unison.
I returned home and slept for 12 hours.
When it was all over my fiance said, "What happened to our sofa?" but then he ALSO said, "Wow... it looks amazing... and it only took you 18 hours. I counted." Behold the Mooshroom Cow. I put it up for sale in my shop, but if I were to do the math it becomes the least cost effective item I have ever made and attempted to sell. So there will never be another one; it is one of a kind. Moo.