I’m not one of those people who watched Marble Hornets one day and was seeing Slender Man in the refrigerator the next. No… Things happened a little differently for me.
I did watch it of course. I thought it was a good story, but nothing came of it. Nothing happened until I got a certain idea in my head. I decided to see if I could knit a Slender Man doll. Better yet, I would make two; one with the more human appearance, the other with the many limbed appearance. Even at that time I was no stranger to making odd little stuffed toys. Taking frightening things and making them look cute and innocent was, and still is, my specialty, so it seemed like a natural progression.
The thing you have to understand here is that when I get into a project, I tend to immerse deeply. For example, when I knitted a stuffed toy of a centipede, I looked at all sorts of pictures of their anatomy and watched nature documentaries about them. It took me two months to make the Slender Man dolls. Every day I worked on those dolls, I was taking in all the information I could find about him.
Thinking back on it now, thinking back to all the energy I put into my work, it was not surprising that I eventually started to see him.
These were the pictures that I posted of those first two dolls. That was back in January. Not very long ago but it feels like it could have been years.