I thought of many things, but Lily Tomlin as the operator on “Laugh In” kept popping up in my mind’s eye. She was a working woman, strong, but feminine. Nobody makes you laugh like Lily Tomlin.
I always appreciated the real operators that helped us when we needed information or to connect us to the right party. They were always so nice and helpful. Machines just don’t give you that nice feeling that they are there to help you when you need it.
I know these look like 2 different quilts in the photo's, but they truly are the same. Lighting was indoors and outdoors, so I chose the best I had of the parts that I wanted to share.
My biggest fear in creating this piece, was not being able to make her face look right. Remember how I only did the back of my head on “Element”? I decided to take the challenge of doing a face and I think it worked out fine.
I enjoyed quilting the blouse and skirt. I wore clothes like that and sewed them too, so I knew what they needed to look like.
The plug in spots on the switchboard are made from tiny snaps. The rotary part of the phone was made by winding and squishing beading wire. Lily always had a big chunky bracelet which I made by stitching beads on her wrist. This is the first piece I think I actually did handwork on!
You can goggle “One Ringy Dingy” and find youtube video’s of Lily Tomlin. I did give the switchboard a company name. It is One Telephoney.