You may have noticed a photo of Ben Franklin on our Facebook Page last week and thought, "Hey, is that Ben?" Well, you were right and we're excited to annouce that we've partnered with the National Constitution Center to bring a life-sized handcrafted replica of Ben Franklin to their museum. He is our new best friend here at the studio and we are extremely proud of how this project came together.
In typical Handwork Studio fashion, it was a true team effort to make Ben come to life. This fiber-friendly rendering of Ben Franklin was handcrafted by The Handwork Studio staff, students and some close friends. The students needled felted and embroidered patches on his coat and used a WonderKnitter tool to create his hair. April Johnston, Project Runway All Star and Fashion Bootcamp instructor, created the patterns for his clothing and constructed the coat and pants. Philadelphia Fiber Artist, Melissa Madonni-Haims yarn-bombed his chair. The project was led and managed by The Handwork Studio's very own Miss Alexis and Miss Julia. See below for a full slideshow of Ben's progress from concept to completion!
The most entertaining part of this project so far was loading Ben into the car. He is very heavy and reliant upon the chair he was designed to sit in. Miss Alexis was able to get him our of the chair and into the car. She mentioned that it was hilarious to see people pointing and smiling as Fiber Ben Franklin took his first road trip down to the National Constitution Center.
Very soon, Ben will be installed for your viewing pleasure at The National Consitution Center - so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook Page for updates on when you can visit him downtown!