The end is near!

Posted by: Robert

As you may or may not know, this past week has been really crazy.  We’ve been working so much we haven’t really had a chance to post images.   The recent storms have forced us to work inside–both in our living room and in the basement laundry room.  I know you’re excited to see what our working conditions were like, and we are excited to show them to you, well kind of.  So, without further ado, we enter. . . The Dungeon!

 

So this was basically mattress bunny H.Q. for a few days.  Not much of a view.

So this was basically mattress bunny H.Q. for a few days. Not much of a view.

 

We had our own work stations.  I operated the sewing machine stitching the two sides of the mattress together while Lucy tacked the piping on by hand. 

 

sewing station

Sewing Station

 

Pinning would take too long so I just held the pieces together and ran with it.

Pinning would take too long so I just held the pieces together and ran with it.

 

Piping Station

Piping Station

 

Lucia used clips to hold a section of the trim onto the edge of the mattress.

Lucia used clips to hold a section of the trim onto the edge of the mattress.

 

I feel it should be noted that this dark blue mattress still smells a little like alley.  Next mattress bunny we’ll take all the mattress to the cleaners!

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The most depressing situation

Posted by: Lucia

It’s 2am, early Monday morning. We never made it to artXposium to install. We just couldn’t. The piping has been taking me forever- and then we stumbled upon the problem of putting the soft structures over the chipboard forms, upon other blunders. It’s just been one disappointment after another.

 

We figured it wasn’t worth driving out to West Chicago and trying to finish out there. Andy has work from 8-5 tomorrow and when he’s off we’re going to go to install. There will be a few things to get done while we’re there- but super minor (I hope) compared to what we’ve been doing today.

 

Anyway, I’ll be posting the few pictures we have taken tomorrow.. Seriously though, I’ve just been sewing- all of the pictures look the same. You can also see what we had to do to avoid the rain these past few days. This last part of the project has really been depressing. Andy is trying to get a few more things done before we go to bed, and he can’t find his spade bits. . .

 

Until then, think about how great it would be if there was a nine foot tall mattress bunny. A giant, fluffy, stinky bunny.

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big problems

posted by: Lucia

so it’s after a mini dutch opening. . .

 

we had a HUGE fallback yesterday- the piping can’t be added with the sewing machine. It needs to be stitched on first by hand and then it can be gone over with the machine. I’m the one adding the piping by hand. We weren’t anticipating this fallback- a fall back of two days. 

 

We’re installing this tomorrow, and we aren’t done. I’m finished sewing for the night- my eyes can’t focus. Andy is working the body. He has work tomorrow from 8am-12pm and I have gallery hours from 11am-3pm. No matter what we are leaving by 3:30pm for artXposium.

 

Wish us luck- we need it.

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Fun day! It’s mattress bunny day!

Posted by: Lucia

Today- right now- is a mattress bunny day. Yup. The last full mattress bunny day we have left before install. Andy is trying to get the sewing machine working, so I have some time to chat. Well, not that much time- but I am going to post some pictures of the last mattress bunny day- not yesterday, but the day before.

 

 

 

our backyard has been our studio lately

our backyard has been our studio lately

Our set up. We went across the street and washed the remaining mattress at the laundry mat. I know, gross, but I couldn’t go through scrubbing them in the alley again. We also were running out of time and couldn’t spend an entire day washing. On the upside, these last few mattresses are SUPER CLEAN! The crazy stain on the the turquoise mattress disappeared.

 

 

connect the dots!

connect the dots!

My job was to cut out the mattresses. I was giving the mattress 1/2″ more materials than the chipboard pattern. After drawing dots around the pattern, I connected them and then cut them out.

 

 

my size bunny?

my size bunny?

 

 

 

the haunches cut out. I kept the chip board on the mattress to weigh it down since it was shifting around.

the haunches cut out. I kept the chip board on the mattress to weigh it down since it was shifting around.

 

LOVE HAUNCH! BABY LOVE HAUNCH!

LOVE HAUNCH! BABY LOVE HAUNCH!

 

So, Andy was being super cute and without me knowing cut a heart out of one of the haunches. I know, it’s so sappy and cute- AND I LOVE IT!!! It’s the little things that make me happy.

 

 

so this is love... la de de da...

so this is love... la de de da...

 

I mean, come on… how could you not love this guy?

 

enough said

enough said

 

 

But seriously, Andy was making all of the cuts that would space out the two chipboard patterns to mimic the springs in a mattress.

 

 

all of the parts cut out and neatly stacked

all of the parts cut out and neatly stacked

 

some leftovers from some of the mattress'

some leftovers from some of the mattress

 

That’s all for now. It’s raining, and we’ve set up camp in the basement- in the laundry room. I’m going to see how Andy is doing with the sewing machine.

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Cut… it… out…

Posted by: Lucia

 

So here we are, less than a week from install, and quite not there yet. We actually did this work two days ago, but I will post as if it just happened.

We have a few days lined up where we HAVE to work on mattress bunny to get it done in time. One of those days was yesterday, but we didn’t get any work done. It rained all day. I mean, all day. So, now we’re pushed behind schedule.

 

It's daylight, but starting to darken a bit

It was still day, but starting to get a bit dark

 

I started to transfer the templates I made onto the chip board to use as the backing of the mattress pads. Andy is busy tearing the piping out of the mattresses so we can reattach it when it’s all sewn together.

 

We enjoy switching traditional gender roles

We enjoy switching traditional gender roles

 

 

But we sometimes switch back

But we sometimes switch back

 

Figuring we’re running out of time, and Andy cuts a lot faster than I do, we switched places. As you can tell it’s starting to get dark, and we won’t be able to work for much longer.

 

 

But we just keep switching it up

But we just keep switching it up

 

Though Andy was doing the cutting, I was making sure that the cutouts were smooth and okaying them. I was also the one tracing the templates and correcting lines where they seemed to wander off.

 

 

It got so dark..

It got so dark..

 

So, we cut everything out, and realized we might not have enough material. The thought of collecting another mattress is horrifying. We still need to measure to make sure we’re good though (keep your fingers crossed).

 

And so, tomorrow is another mattress bunny day. We should get a ton done, and if not…

 

I don’t even want to think about it.

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skin a mattress by moonlight, my dear?

Posted by: Robert

Well, there were also a few outdoor flood lights and the occasional camera flash.  

We got this mattress from our friends Catie Olson and EC Brown.  They had it stored away in one of their closets to be used by guests whenever they stayed over.  We thought it would be great to have another “clean” mattress, so we gladly accepted it.  The mattress was delivered a few days ago, but unfortunately we never brought it inside and naturally it rained.  It is a little discolored now, but probably also a little more authentic.

 

So begins a quick evening skinning before Chicago decides to rain again.

So begins a quick evening skinning before Chicago decides to rain again.

 

This mattress is tufted rather than quilted like our previous finds.

This mattress is tufted rather than quilted like our previous finds.

 

The two buttons are held together by string creating tension between the top and bottom covers.  **snip**

The two buttons are held together by string creating tension between the top and bottom covers. **snip**

 

As I start to cut my side of the mattress I hear, “What the. . .?!”  I step over to see what the problem was as Lucy pulls back the cover to reveal some sort of natural fiber covering the springs.  I now know this material is coir fiber from the coconut shells.

 

We were not expecting this.

We were not expecting this.

 

You learn something new every day.

 

This is one funny little mattress.

This is one funny little mattress.

 

This was definitely not a hypoallergenic mattress.  Every time we moved it or set it down there was a puff of dust.  I doubt it was coconut powder, but you never know.
Yep.  Coconuts.  You sleep on coconuts.

Yep. Coconuts. You sleep on coconuts.

 

 

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a week later and still no progress. . .

Posted by: Robert

. . .but hey! we got a mattress!

Thanks to our Friend Matt Hanner in Indiana for supplying this mattress 

Matt's cat hates everything

We decided to skin the mattress in the back yard. Nice, right?

The cutting begins...

Matt eagerly watches our progress.

Lucy is secretly a bed bug

Lucy is secretly a bed bug.

 

always our favorite part

Always our favorite part.

 

Matt shoots white marbles at this target and pays his nephew 5¢ a piece for each one he retrieves.

Matt shoots white marbles at this target with his slingshot and pays his nephew 5¢ a piece for each one he retrieves.

 

We went to drop off our mattress skeleton at Matt's storage space.  When we got there we noticed that there was a partially skinned mattress just lying there.

We went to drop off our mattress skeleton at Matt's storage space and found another partially skinned mattress just lying there.

 

We gave the other discarded mattress a friend.  I wonder if these mattress bunnies are secretly reproducing.

So we gave the other discarded mattress a friend. It makes one wonder if these mattress bunnies are secretly reproducing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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