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Soft Boy by tavington Soft Boy by tavington
Here is my submission for the Ripley's Unconventional Art Contest

More on how I created this piece in my journal: www.deviantart.com/tavington/j…

I chose soft sculpture for my piece, in particular, the childhood memories of gaming, and one of the first gaming devices I'd ever held in my hands.
Gaming has always been a part of my younger years. It reminds me of a simpler time in life, where my main interest was to beat a final boss, or get to the end of a level.
I love to turn small, usually hard or rigid objects and drastically increase their size and make them pliable or soft. I am greatly inspired by the works of Claes Oldenburg, especially his giant food soft sculptures.

THE UNCONVENTIONAL
I believe this to be unconventional for the idea of turning a solid object into a soft one; turning the original physical form on its head. Up-scaling the size of such a small item to something of immense proportions gives it a playful, whimsical charm,. It's also something that the viewer can find fascinating and feel the need to touch or hold, or it may even remind them of their own childhood.

MATERIALS
Having lots of small pieces of fabric around with nothing to do is a bit of a waste. I decided to re-cycle old bits of fleece, curtain and cotton to create a gigantic, patchwork piece and replicate the original hardware down to the finest detail. On the sides of the sculpture are embroidered various ports, such as the headphone jack, volume and contrast buttons and even the connector used for linked play in some gaming.
Other materials used include PVC for the directional pad, a red safety nose usually used for plush toys for the battery light, and black buttons on the back to indicate screws.

The final piece stands a huge 23 inches high, is 13" wide and 6"deep and weighs over 1kg.
Around 12 hours of sewing have gone into making this unique piece.

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:iconmateograph:
MateoGraph Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Congrats Donna Marie Thumbs Up 
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconheartsofinsanity:
HeartsofInsanity Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soft boi
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
So soft hehe
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:iconwondergirl100:
wondergirl100 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's going back a few decades!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It certainly is! :)
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:iconwondergirl100:
wondergirl100 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm from the dial-up generation.
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
So adorable and creative! :heart:
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! it was really fun to make :)
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:iconskylacomics:
SkylaComics Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool! Great concept and execution :)
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup::D!!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the thumbs up!
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:iconpktpictures:
PktPictures Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You made it to the Semi's, congratulations!! Such a fun entry!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I was quite surprised!
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:iconpekersweet:
PekerSweet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018   General Artist
kawaii!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconscraffeh:
Scraffeh Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so cute!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconscraffeh:
Scraffeh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anytime!
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:icongotenkslovesme:
gotenkslovesme Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats amazing
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :D
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:icondaturtle9:
DaTurtle9 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
looks so soft!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes it is rather plush. Very squishy!
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:iconsylveonsribbons101:
SylveonsRibbons101 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Student Artist
soft boy?
more like...
soft boi
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:iconjimmyletzplayz:
JimmyLetzPlayz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I was about to say that
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I was *so close* to calling it that originally!
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:iconreneevesters:
reneevesters Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So cool, I just wanna squeeze it.
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
:D It is very huggable!
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:iconlambdasfriend:
LambdasFriend Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*wants to hug soft boy*
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I can confirm that Soft Boy is very huggable!
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:iconmistermerveille:
MisterMerveille Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Oddly adorable, if you ask me.
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!
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:iconkentha-art:
kentha-art Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2018  Student Digital Artist
WOW SO COOL!!! 
 
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconkittyillustrations:
Kittyillustrations Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
this is so awesome, great work!!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :D
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:iconneraxa:
Neraxa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omggg its so genious! 
I still have my gameboy advanced, but not something as an old gameboy, oh, i ment soft boy =P
Best joke eveeer xD
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It was a very fun project to make with lots of left-over bits of matierial!
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:iconfractalwings:
FractalWings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I think this was the one thing I needed to see today. ITS SO CUTEGASKGKSFAG-
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! It was a last-minute make, but I'm glad I was able to! I may be starting to make something new for the contest soon with a different technique, but still keeping sewing as the theme. I'll post up pictures when I'm done!
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
That is so cute!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmateograph:
MateoGraph Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Cool idea , size and materail choice.
Is the move button  made of vynil?

A tetris  pattern would be nice too ^^

Is it mint behind?
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment! Yes I've recreated the back and sides too, you can see more pictures in my latest journal entry.
Yes the  D Pad is made from vinyl :)
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:iconregnoart:
regnoart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
The Soft Boy Advance can play everything this can, but the original Soft Boy has a cuter look to it! :love:
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's so squishy :D and heavy too!
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:iconregnoart:
regnoart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
I wonder what it'd be like to use it as a pillow? :D
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I've still not my giant N64 controller i use as a pillow occasionaly. That is definitely worthy of lying on and getting comfy whilst playing games :)
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:iconregnoart:
regnoart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
How awesome! :D
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