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finishing touch

posted by: Robert

We will post some more images soon.  Until then, this what our completed bunny looks like:

 

 

Pretty handsome, right?

 

 

The ears definitely make it a rabbit. . .

 

but a bunny just isn’t a bunny without a poofy little tail.

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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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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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wandering body parts

Posted by: Lucia
     

 

So I’m trying to figure out the proportions and such of this rabbit. It was a bit easier on our small cardboardmaquette. I can’t seem to get everything right. I’m going to keep working on it, and hopefully by the end of the day have everything figured out and have separate templates made for each part.

 

This Thursday will be a dedicated mattress bunny day. We’re going to Indiana to pick up a mattress from a friend who coincidentally is getting a new mattress- thanks Matt! It’ll be one mattress that we won’t need to wash because it smells like shit.

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Things don’t always work out

Posted by Lucia

So, we were planning on working on cleaning and picking up more mattress yesterday night, but it didn’t work out. I was at ThreeWalls de-installing two shows and moving 2a into 2d, and by the time we were finished, we went out and treated ourselves to The Dark Night. We didn’t get home till about 2am.

 

This morning before Andy had to go to work, we had planned on working on the project. But it was raining, and we were so exhausted from the day before (Andy worked 7am-4pm and then came to help me at threewalls) that we slept until about noon.

 

So now, everything is super wet. I need to go to threewalls to finish moving, and Andy is at work till 10pm. Tomorrow we have the day reserved to work on the mattress bunny. It’s supposed to rain the rest of today, and tomorrow. I have no idea when or what or how we’re going to work on this. The next two weeks we have almost no time together to work on this- our work schedules are really opposite, and we have too much going on on the side.

 

This is starting to get a little stressful.

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