Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet the Maker Monday: Fluffy Flowers

Fluffy Flowers lives in the deep, deep south of the USA, where her oh-so-touchable and wide-eyed creatures are born.

Check out her blog:
her shop:
as well as - a collaborative website managed by Fluffy Flowers, where creators of quality plush share their work!

Tell us about your process of making plush items.

Usually materials inspire my work. Sometimes I find some material that automatically screams Plush! in my head. Once I was in an automotive store and ran across some really colorful and spiny car washing mitts. I knew I needed one to be turned into a creature. I brought it home and it became Peanut the Peculiar Porcupine:

Where did you learn your skills?

I'm self-taught through trial and error. And I can tell you there have been a lot of errors! But it’s very satisfying when I'm finally able to figure out the right design.

Describe your workspace.

I have a small sewing studio, but often my projects migrate out to all over the house. I also tend to do a lot of crafting in the car (when I'm the passenger not the driver!). I use lids from the top of a case of paper for each project. That makes them very portable so I can easily carry them with me to the car and do some hand sewing on the ride.

Discuss your inspirations—plushy, artistic, musical, personal ….

Some of greatest plush inspirations have come from Plush Team challenges. One of my favorites was Plushstock. I don't think I ever would have made a groovy plush amp if it weren't for that fab team challenge!

How do you fit plush-making into the rest of your life?

As much as I can! There is never enough time to make all the projects that live in my head.

Describe your dreams for new designs or projects.

During the last year or so I've been thinking more about creating artistic plush rather than toys. I want to explore the idea of plush making a statement.

Which other makers do you admire and why?

Too many to name! But I can say that I'm constantly amazed by the creativity of plush makers.

What advice can you give makers who dabble in plushiness?

Go for it! What ever is in your head, let it come out through plush.

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