October 13, 2011

Woo Hoo, Plush You!

Here are my pieces for the show, opening at Schmancy Toys in Seattle tomorrow night! I wish that I was going to the opening, since it's an amazing show, and it's always a blast to hang out and talk shop with my plush peeps, but it's just not to be this year.

I was inspired by the idea of taking some classic Hollywood Monsters and adding my own spin to them. Here's the result:

The Surfer Creature from the Black Lagoon:

He's made from a mottled and hairy green wool felt, with cotton accents, corduroy swim trunks, and hand embroidered patches of scales, as well as his gills and his ribs. The surfboard is made from patterned cottons, and has a quilt-batting wrapped piece of cardboard inside, to make it stiff but also somewhat soft at the same time.

And Rockabilly Dracula: 

He's made from faux-leather, denim, cotton, and fleece. I had a lot of fun creating a removable wallet on a chain for his back pocket, as well as doing all the applique on the back of the jacket. He's ready to jump into his '57 T-bird convertible and cruise the scene.

 If you are in the Seattle area and have a chance, go and check out the show- it's always full of fantastic plush art to see (and buy ;D) and great people to meet and hang out with.

October 10, 2011

Plush You! 2011 teaser

Hmmm... what can I be making for the premier plush art show of the year? I am very excited to be participating again in Plush You!, which opens in Seattle at Schmancy Toys on October 14th at 5pm. I'll be unveiling the finished pieces closer to the show's opening, so stay tuned. 

October 5, 2011

Mister Bones

Mister Bones here was made for the Day of the Dead Group Art Show at the Starkweather Arts Center in Romeo, Michigan. The show opens October 7th and runs until November 3rd.

It was a lot of work appliqueing all the arm/leg bones on both front and back, and he also has a lot of subtle sparkly white felt sugar skull accents on his skull, which were hard to pick up in the photographing process- hopefully you can somewhat make them out here. I wanted him to read first as a skeleton, and then on closer inspection you see the sugar skull details.

I had found this great sugar skull fabric last Halloween, and I knew that someday I would find a use for it, and this show became the perfect time to use it. I also had some fun adding color with ric-rac and strings of pompoms, and I finished him off with a colorful sombrero and lapel flower.

If you are in the Michigan area, check out the show- there has been a lot of great work created for it. If you head on over to Ben's blog, he'll be posting his amazing paper collage piece for the show soon. It was really great to be in the same show- and I think it helped us create some really fun pieces.

October 1, 2011

Just a tease...

A brief work-in-progress photo of the piece that I am doing for the Day of the Dead Group Art Show happening in Romeo, Michigan this October. Stay tuned to see photos of the finished piece coming sometime this week! :D