Thursday, July 11, 2013

Plush Fave So Far

I run two stores with very different missions and approaches to soft sculpture. Because they tend to have slightly different audiences, I also promote them separately, so I have two Tumblrs (1 2), two Twitters (1 2), two email addresses, etc. As a result, I compartmentalize my artmaking a lot, and it's a wonder I haven't had some kind of identity crisis over the whole thing. I can't choose an overall favorite! It's like apples and oranges over here (Pink Lady apples and roadside Mexican oranges, respectively, if you were wondering).

My first store, Cretur Fetur, is about making semi-realistic needle felted animals to bring more attention to underappreciated or little-known animals. While I mostly make bats these days, my all-time favorite cretur is probably this binturong, which has the distinction of having whiskers made of hairs from my husband's beard:

My second store, Stabwool, is a fun experiment in extruding (3D-ifying) characters from my other passion, independent comics. I read a lot of webcomics, and there is such a wealth of quality stories and characters in that scene that I'm never short on Stabwool projects. This is a tough choice, but I think my favorite has to be the Rabbits, from KC Green's webcomic Gunshow. Their design is not terribly complex, but I love their expressiveness so much:

And lastly, there's the stuff I do mostly for myself: alebrijes and monsters. This is where I get to relax more and stretch my creative muscles. It's the mangoes in my apples + oranges metaphor: so freaking delicious it feels decadent, but it's actually good for you. Magical! Because they don't sell very well, these sculptures are something I've rarely allowed myself to spend time on until recently. But after thinking about it for a long time, I've decided to increase my focus on it from now on. I'm usually most in love with the most recent one, and this time is no exception, with my interpretation of the Flatwoods Monster of lore:

It's also tied to another recent project my husband and I finished, a 16-page comic for the horror comics anthology The Sleep of Reason. Next I'm making a hodag and a Jersey devil, and I can't wait!

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