The History of Spab
|Spab was born many, many years ago, in a land far down under, when a glove puppet named "Spab" was lovingly photographed by a young girl. Spab was no ordinary glove puppet, he could do many wonderful things, and was a constant comfort to the young girl as dealt with the day to day joys and frustrations of growing into a woman.|
|Once the girl was grown, she took a job to make money and pay the bills. It wasn't a very satisfying job, and the girl (now a woman) was very bored, and wished for something more. Her father, a warm glass artist named Colin, remembered the puppet that had given his daughter such joy. So, as only loving fathers can do, each week he would create a new Spab adventure and e-mail it to his daughter.|
|He imagined Spab dancing||
and even walking on stilts:
Colin imagined many new adventures for Spab, and together they became known as the Spab Files, which were collected and stored on the internet in an online photo account.
They helped the woman make it through the boring job, and soon she found a new job that was full of challenges and opportunities to grow. She soon forgot about Spab and all the wonderful adventures hidden in the depths of the internet.
And the story of Spab would have ended there, except that Colin (the glass artist father, remember?) visited the Warm Glass bulletin board to exchange notes and thoughts on making molds (or "moulds", as Colin would say) for glass casting. He took some photographs of his method and put them online for other artists to see.
And you guessed it -- one alert Warm Glass poster noticed the photos of Spab, and asked about the strange pink elephant. And like the Phoenix, Spab had a whole new life. He appeared on t-shirts, photo mugs, and even impersonated Elvis. From time to time these special photos of Spab's adventures show up on the Warm Glass website for all to see, but they often leave just as quickly as they arrive.
And that, boys and girls, is how Spab has become the mascot for the Warm Glass website, complete with his own forum for all off topic conversations.
Thanks to Colin Lowe for letting Spab play on the Warm Glass website.
All of the gifs and photos shown here are copyright Colin Lowe. Please respect his work.