Come to think of it, you don’t write me love-songs either…you lousy bastard, it’s over! Get your stuff and get out of my life!
While you mope brokenhearted in the gutter with a needle sticking out of your arm, you may console yourself with this beautiful and creepy bouquet from newcomer Barbara Hoel. Because that’s how I’ll remember your cheating ass, beautiful and creepy. The actual title of this attention-grabbing creation is “Yesterday’s Flowers“, and I almost missed it because from the thumbnail on my phone it didn’t immediately register as Lego. This is a tough subject matter, and the builder handles it flawlessly with some interesting choices from both System and Bionicle. The variety of translucent parts is particularly effective. The only thing I’m not sure about is the dark gray propellers, they almost break the illusion but it might be due to having gold components adjacent. It’s a small nitpick though, the overall effect is satisfying.
I wonder if the hobby will ever get to the point when seeing the work of a female builder doesn’t seem like an oddity to me, like getting a glimpse of a unicorn or drawing a royal flush. They are not nearly as rare as black AFOLs, but considering they comprise half the population you would think we’d have a better mix by now. Of course from the very earliest stages of the hobby we’ve had these exotic builders in our midst: Deborah Higdon, Millie McKenzie, Mel Finelli, Heather Braaten, Caylin Malloy, Alice Finch, Breann Sledge and my personal favorite (because she’s rad and builds huge, kick-ass dioramas) Anu Pehrson, but it always seems like the gender ratio is hopelessly skewed towards sweaty mankinder. That list is far from comprehensive but that’s where I ran out of gas and I look at a lot of models. At least the ladies have one good ratio on their sides that the men can’t claim. There are very few lousy female builders, I can only think of one or two off the top of my head. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks perhaps the ladies like to find the weak sisters and silence them before they are noticed by the wider viewing audience. No, that sounds like a more masculine policy.
I’m not sure what the answer is, but maybe the relatively recent proliferation of sets targeted at girls will help improve things for the next wave of builders. Or AFOL fathers passing on a love of the Lego action to their daughters. Maybe dropping the slang FFOL would be a good start too, what a horrible word and it’s impossible to say out loud without sounding like a tool.
This one is for rountRee, we like to sing it to each other at conventions: