Propping Up Asterix & Obelix

A year ago I was approached by the Set Designer of the new “Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service” movie. Parts of the movie were filmed on location here in Ireland and crochet was needed for some of the props. I was excited and delighted to be approached, particularly when I realized I had near complete freedom once the colours were decided.

One scene is set in a wonderful garden where Obelix is taking Five O’Clock Tea with the ladies and Véronique Melery had this idea that there was to be frilly edges on the Wedgwood tea cups, the teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug. Quirky fun!

Obelix On Her Majestys Service Drinking TeaObelix Drinking Tea With The Ladies © 2012

I met with Véronique at The Yarn Room where we found suitable yarn in the required colours (we landed on the beautiful Einband from Istex in a rose colour and moss green – gorgeous!). Normally doily style crochet is done in cotton, but for these props the frills needed to “hold their own” and time was of the essence deeming starch and cotton out of the “picture” – if you’ll pardon the pun – sturdy North Atlantic lace weight yarn was ideal for the purpose.

I was issued with no less than nine delicate Wedgewood cups and saucers and only a few days to finish the task. I needed to figure out how to attach the lacy edges to the porcelain and all I can say is “Thank God” for super glue, a very well stocked local grocery store and a very obliging husband, who did a few runs to pick up more glue when I perhaps became just a little bit hysterical when I realized how much liquid wool soaks up… Just a bit hysterical, mind!

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Tea Pot PanoramaTestel 1Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Sugar Bowl and Milk Jug Tea CupTea Pot, Tea Cup, Sugar Bowl & Milk Jug
Asterix & Obelix © 2012

Veronique also asked me to crochet a few pretty covers for some apples, these I worked in Shoppel-Wolle Zauberball Lace. The richest red colour. I worked them very simply and I think they turned out quite well.

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Apples coverred in CrochetAsterix & Obelix Crochet Apple Covers © 2012

I crochet this 3D piece of Strawberries & Cream a couple of years ago and this I also lent to Veronique, she thought it might work in the context, but I am not sure if it was ever used. One way to find out is to see the movie, I suppose…

Asterix & Obelix Strawberries and CreamStrawberries & Cream © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I also made a nest box for birds and a nice little bird, but I written about that separately. I really enjoyed this commission – it was a privilege to be given a relative free reign with my hook, yarn and imagination!

I would love to see the movie in the cinema, but I don’t think it’s going to be in the Irish cinemas but I know it was released in Denmark yesterday, I’m going to Denmark next week, ’nuff said!…

For a woman that doesn’t “do” commissions, I most certainly have been taking a lot of them within the last year or so…

Note: The props from the movie are going on display in the Museum at the Asterix Park near Paris… I feel a trip to Paris coming on!

12 responses to “Propping Up Asterix & Obelix”

  1. Maireadq says:

    Wow Irene!! They are just stunning! I love them. Really hope we get to see the movie – at the very least on DVD.

    Huge congratulations.

  2. Irene says:

    Thank you Mairead, you are very kind!

    I have really had a hard time keeping these under my belt for more than a year, I’ll tell ya! It was great fun to make every aspect of all these props, even the stressful bits when I thought I did not have time to make enough of the miles of frilly edge!

    I hope to get to see the movie in Denmark when I go there next week! Otherwise It’ll have to be a DVD job!

  3. FUUR. says:

    Hvor har jeg glædet mig til,
    du endelig kunne vise dine kunstværker frem,
    her på siden.
    Et fantastisk flot KÆMPEARBEJDE.
    Jeg er rigtig stolt af dig.
    TILLYKKE med resultatet.
    Jeg håber, vi kan se filmen sammen,
    når du kommer hjem.
    Den går i de danske biografer lige nu.

  4. Irene says:

    Yes Mama og tak! Det var et stort arbejde men det var også ufatteligt sjovt!

    Jeg håber vi kan komme i biffen i DK, men jeg ser tiden er noget begrænset, den går vist kun til søndag i Skive og det lige midt i arbejdstiden…

  5. Anette Dalsgaard says:

    Hej Irene
    Hvor er det flotte rekvisitter. Og tænk sig at have en berømt kunstner i familien. Jeg er pave stolt.
    KH
    Anette

  6. FUUR. says:

    Søde vi nupper den,– filmen–, fredag eftermiddag.

  7. That’s my skin and blister! Amazing Irene, just that – amazing! 🙂

  8. Sheila says:

    Irene,

    Wonderful,the yarn,the colours,the design and of course, talented and gifted you. Congratulations.
    Sheila.

  9. Så flot og helt i den rette ånd så at sige. Sjovt og farverigt. Tillykke!

  10. Irene says:

    Anette, tusinde tak for dine søde ord!

    Mama, det gør vi!

    Tina, thank you!

    Sheila, they were great fun to make and thank you for your kind comments!

    Harpa, tak! De var sjove at lave, som du sikkert kan værdsætte!

  11. Mairin says:

    Congratulations! The props are most impressive.

  12. Irene says:

    Thank you Mairin! I was actually quite gob-smacked being asked to make them!