Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween, freaks and ghouls!

A quick shot of the pumpkin patch and a little needle felted candy corn brooch I made.  JC sold a bunch of these for me at an arts education conference last weekend.  Next Halloween I’ll have to make more! 

I’m in such a strange place… it feels like every day is Halloween in my life at the moment. 

Oh well.  Stay calm, carry on.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Toygasm Dream Video

Certain places are Mecca for the plush toy maker in me. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Seattle area and need to get your toy fix on (both handmade and insanely cool Japanese designs) get to Schmancy.

Rick, Mo and I went to the Plush You 2009 opening last October and it rocked my plush-making world to its core to see all of the inventive, playful and crazy plush toys from some of the most creative makers in the world dangling from every surface of the shop. (Check out their photos from the link above.) Who knows… maybe someday I will submit my work to a Plush You show!

Check out this promotional video from Schmancy. If you want to know me better, this is what my dreams look like.

And in my nightmares I'm trying to fit into a Barbie bikini.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting lost in my own gray town

Today the world was gray, rainy and oddly warm. The air felt like mushroom soup. I got hopelessly lost in a town that I’ve lived in for 10 years.  So profoundly lost that I wound up in a huge cemetery that I’ve never seen before and hope to never see again.  The sense of disorientation was almost overwhelming.

Imagine this: Instead of being alone and surrounded by muted grays of the tombstones and the clouds, you are awash in color, radiating red or orange or fuchsia from the core of your tiny body out, immersed in a sea of your vibrantly colored friends.

That is what these needle felted bulbs must feel when then roll around together.  Can you imagine their intense joy and sense of connection to each other?

Even adults need colors and toys.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What the heck is "stitch, stab & scrawl?"

I know... Stitch, stab and scrawl... a little odd sounding...

Thought I'd create a simple blog to collect my adventures in toy making and other creative endeavors! And to make my toys and other objects, I do a lot of stitching (sewing, embroidery, knitting), stabbing (needle felting) and scrawling (sketching designs, doodling, writing about the creatures I make).  See, not as fearsome as it first sounded, huh?

Here is an example of two creatures who I made with lots of stitching, stabbing and scrawling.

Meet Shabadoo & Shabadee, the demented bunnies of 2009.  They are sisters living on separate coasts.  Shabadoo lives with my friend Lisa in Portland and Shabadee lives with me in Durham.  Huge fans of The Beastie Boys "Hey F*ck You!" from which they got their names.

Shabadoo & Shabadee have knitted and felted bodies. Their heads are needle felted and ears are wet felted. They have various embroidery on their matching frocks and paws. And they sport art shrink paper images of their own skulls.  They are tough girls.

Two of my girls!