Angel Olsen Beastie Takes to the Stage!

Hello there everyone! And as promised last time, it’s a new Beastie day here on the BeastieBlog… so let’s get ready to meet the latest addition to the family! Here she is now – Angel Olsen Beastie!
Angel Olsen Beastie Plays Guitar - CrawCrafts BeastiesAngel Olsen Beastie was created for Shane, who may be the biggest fan of human singer-songwriter Angel Olsen going. So this Beastification really needed to be a good one! Armed with some carefully-selected reference material (thanks Shane!), I picked out some wardrobe options for Ms Olsen-Beastie.
A Selection of Beastie Outfits - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs you can see, the vintage-style green dress with beehive hairdo won out. And much knitting, stitching and hairstyling later…

Twins? CrawCrafts Beasties
Angel Olsen photo borrowed from https://www.13thfloor.co.nz

Twins? Well, maybe apart from the very obvious differences in human and Beastie body shapes. But I used a nice glossy chestnut alpaca yarn to replicate Human Angel’s very classy updo with short choppy fringe…
Angel Olsen Updo - CrawCrafts Beasties… And I Beastified her dress too!
Angel Olsen Beastie's Dress, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI had a tricky time trying to find an exact match for the green in the photo, but this light olive satin from The Fabric Counter came closest while still complementing Angel Olsen Beastie’s pastel pink skin tone. I gave the dress a bit more of a “wiggle” shape than in the original sketch too, and added a concealed hook-and-eye fastening on the back.

And because satin is slippery… Even my spiffy new birthday sewing machine couldn’t deal with those teeny seams! So all those stitches are hand-sewn. Hey, who doesn’t love a teeny sewing challenge?

Then, we just needed one more thing.

Angel Olsen Beastie's Guitar - CrawCrafts Beasties
Gibson S-1 photo sneakily lifted from http://www.guitar-list.com

Thanks to the marvels of the internet, I was able to track down the make and model of the guitar that Human Angel Olsen usually plays. It’s a black Gibson S-1, in case you’re interested… And it lent itself well to the Beastification process.

And with some tactically-placed magnets in the guitar’s neck and body, Angel Olsen Beastie can really hold onto it!
Play Something, Angel Olsen Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesShe doesn’t have to play all the time though. The strap unclips at the side so she can put it down at the end of her gigs.
Holding Guitar - CrawCrafts BeastiesSorry, no more encores… At least not until next Tuesday! Thank you and goodnight!

P.S.

One of the things Shane included in my “Getting to know Angel” pack was this video of a session for Seattle-based radio station KEXP, recorded back in 2017. Since live music is off the cards for most of us at the moment, I thought it might be a nice way to round off the post. Enjoy!

15 thoughts on “Angel Olsen Beastie Takes to the Stage!

  1. You are astonishingly talented! I don’t know Angel Olsen at all so had no idea what she looked like but I would say your Beastie is spot on for accuracy. That dress and the guitar are just amazing.

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! I’m blushing here! I’d only heard a song or two on the radio before, but I’ve enjoyed getting to know her a bit better. Cheers for stopping in 😊

  2. I love the Beasties with the guitars. I remember way, WAY back you made a guy with a guitar….I can’t remember him very well, but I certainly remember the guitar!

    1. Hahaha! Hmmm, I wonder which one it was… There have been a few, which might be why you can’t put a Beastie face to the guitar. That’s ok though, the guitars take waaaaaay longer to make so it’s probably a good thing you remembered those! Cheers for buzzing past, Queen Bee!

  3. I was showing this post and photos to John (of John Beastie lol) and he said: “oh my goodness – she is so talented!” Your art/talent continues to amaze me. If I even come into a lot of money I am going to send a large chunk to you to make a zillion accessories for my Beastie πŸ™‚

    1. Why thank you, Tierney! I’ll happy accept your patronage, and will return the favour the minute my lottery numbers come up. It has to be any day now πŸ˜…
      Please thank Human John for his kind words too! I hope you and your Beasties are all well πŸ’š

    1. Hahaha! Thanks Simon, but I think I might have to send Optician Beastie your way… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Cheers for popping in!

    1. Thanks, Shirley! I reckon I’d look a lot more glam if I could do my own makeup in felt πŸ˜‚ Cheers for dropping in!

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