If you read my blog you know that I try hard to keep it focused on my art. Of course, personal stuff does creep in every once in a while: married, 3 kids, Michiganian, etc. Here's a bit more. My kids are all athletes, with soccer being their main love. We travel all over the state, Midwest, and as far as Florida, to watch our kids play. My husband is a licensed coach/ref and is in charge of a very talented group of 11-year-olds. I am the team manager for my 13-year-old's team and coordinate lots of stuff associated with the team. We used to coach/manage our son's team too but he's at a level way, way beyond where we can help. It's all a bit crazy.
Unless you've been living in a hole, you know that the World Cup just started in South Africa. My son has already gone through every frozen pizza in the house sitting in the red chair in front of the TV watching game after game after game. (Other than the US/England game, I haven't been watching and try to tune out the constant noise makers.)
OK, finally, here's the art/soccer connection...
These carved crayons were made by Diem Chau. On her blog, The Pleasure of Tiny Things, she posts lots of pictures so you can see these in better detail and find out more about her and her work. She was commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to carve 66 crayons for this year's Nike World Cup press kits. There are pictures of these elaborate press kits too. Quite something!
Soccer enthusiasts, can you guess the players?
Robinho in Silver
Cristiano Ronaldo in White
Fabio Cannavaro in Antique Brass
Wanye Rooney in Timberwolf
Didier Drogba in Copper
Franck Ribery in Gold
I have no idea what tools she uses to get such incredible detail in these tiny carvings. I also have no idea how she has the patience and stamina to huddle over the crayon to get it accomplished. I do know, though, that I'll leave these tiny wonders to her and do my part instead which is basically this: Go USA!