Plush Art Show: Stuff This 3

Here are the pieces I made for this year’s Stuff This plush show at Rivet!  They were inspired by Bear River, the rural town where I’m currently located.  Last year I made Madawaska and Petawawa for Stuff This 2, inspired by the colours of nature from my trip to this town. I thought it was only fitting that the plush I create for this year’s show have a nature theme too!

Cora Bella woke up one day in the dark netherworld with a deer and rabbit spirit standing by her side.  She wondered how she got there, in the mists between the worlds.  Her memory was foggy and she could barely remember her past, but the ghostly deer spirit assured her that although she was dead, she had a second chance.  The rabbit spirit explained that she would have to merge with them if she wanted to return to the real world.  Cora Bella stood there deep in thought in the darkness for a moment and then decided to take the chance.  She closed her eyes and reached her hand out for the rabbit and deer.  When she opened her eyes again, she was standing in a sun spotted grey autumn forest.  She sensed a second consciousness inside her head, which was the deer, and felt the fuzzy antlers that were now growing from her head.  She looked down at the cream rabbit and smiled.  She knew that even though she had returned in a ghostly form, she would have these two spirit guides with her for life in which to explore the world with!

Cora Bella was inspired by the gravestone I saw leaning against a tree at the Loyalist Old Baptist Cemetary (1810-1910) in Bear River, NS.  The real Cora Bella tragically died at the age of 7, perhaps from a sickness of some sort. I thought her name was so beautiful and delicate, and an echo of a past time. I could immediately see a character based on her name alone!  Deer and rabbits live in the forests in this area, so a ghostly girl who merges with the spirit of a deer and rabbit came to mind, and shortly afterwards my Cora Bella took form.

I also made a Gingerbread Ornament for the show, which is perfect for hanging on a Christmas Tree! 🙂

Both plush pieces will be displayed at Stuff This 3 at Rivet in Columbus, OH, from Dec.5th – Dec.30th. Check it out if you’re in the area!

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Plush Art Show: Stitch Wars > online shop is live!

All the available works from Stitch Wars are now for sale in Bear + Bird’s online shop! My R2D2 has already sold, but Princess Leia is still available. There are lots of Star Wars inspired plush creations by other artists, so go check it out! Go HERE to see all the available works!

Stitch Wars: Preview & Articles

Stitch Wars opens this Saturday, July 18th at Bear + Bird Boutique+ Gallery!  If you can’t make it to the show in person, or if you’d really like to buy a piece in advance, or are just curious, you can get a sneak preview of all the work in the show if you sign up on the Bear + Bird mailing list.  This also gives you exclusive pre-show buying rights!  So if there’s a piece you really want, you can potentially buy it tomorrow. 🙂  The mailing list will go out tomorrow, so make sure to sign up now!

Stitch Wars has already received lots of great press in the August 2009 issue of Maxim, and the front over of the July 16, 2009 issue of the Miami New Times!  It’s going to be a great show.  I can’t wait my preview email to arrive! 😀

Plush Art Show: Stitch Wars (Princess Leia & R2D2)

In a galaxy far, far away… plushies were created of Princess Leia and R2D2! 🙂

These are my plushies for Stitch Wars, a Star Wars inspired plush art show at Bear + Bird Gallery + Boutique in Lauderhill, Florida.  The show runs from July 18th – August 29th.  The pieces will be available for sale at the opening and online.  If you sign up on their mailing list you’ll get a preview of the show before anyone else does!

I LOVE Princess Leia’s hair buns (who doesn’t!), and simplistic design, so I really wanted to make my own version of her.  After I made her I knew she needed a little R2D2 sidekick buddy.  I did a lot of handstitched work on him, and I think the buttons look really cute.

Star Wars is such a pop culture phenomenon with a HUGE cast of very unique characters, so I had quite a lot of inspiration when I was brainstorming what kind of plushies to make for Stitch Wars. I decided to stick with the original Star Wars trilogy because (to put it quite bluntly…) I’m not a fan of the new Star Wars movies at all.  😛  I do like some of the designs in the new movies (pretty much anything by incredibly talented conceptual artist Iain McCaig), and I like the 2D animated “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (where we are introduced to the super cool Sith Asajj Ventress) directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (creator/writer/director of “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack”), but I much prefer the original classics.  (Puppet Yoda is 1,000 times better than CG Yoda!)

When Leia & R2D2 are together, they remind me of the famous scene in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” when we see Leia entrusting a secret message for R2D2 to give to Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Well, I think it’s time to pop in a Star Wars DVD! 🙂

Plush Art Show: Mortal Plush: I Am Not Your Toy

Mortal Plush: I Am Not Your Toy opens tomorrow night at Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor, MD.  They will have live DJ’s spinning tunes, a performance by Helicopters and Vultures, and free gelato samples!  The show runs from July 11 – August 11, and if you’re in the neighbourhood you should go check it out!

I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to make it (I’m on the other side of the country) because I have one plush in the show, the Sad Pierrot!  You can see him hanging up below.

Art Whino is a beautiful open & modern gallery space and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic plush show.  I’m not sure if they will be selling the plush online after the opening reception, but they will be available for sale at their store.  You can see more pics of the show here.

In Progress: Plush Deer, Mini Ghosties and Princess Leia

I thought I’d post a few in progress pics of things I’ve been working on lately.  I’ve been super busy meeting deadlines for plush shows, commissions, consignments, and making new plush for my Etsy shop.  Here are a few sneak peeks at what’s to come! 🙂

Here’s some deer in progress (some are the classic style, while others have mohawks!).  These wild and bright colours were inspired by all the crazy neon colours from the 90’s that are coming back.  Just walk into any shoe store, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.  😉

The pile of new deer grows!  My kitty Lucky just yawns as he watches me do all the work and he keeps sleeping in his box.  Haha. ♥

More Mini Ghosties are on the way, but Orange dosen’t look too happy about the idea of new friends!

[On the left] An army of Mini Ghosties is rising!!!

[On the right] An in-progress Princess Leia for the Stitch Wars show next month at Bear + Bird Gallery (which is also where I bought my lovely Cecy Meade drawing).  As you can see, I printed off some reference photos so I could get Leia’s design, costume, and colours just right.  Those circles will be her hair buns. 🙂

Urban Vinyl + Plush: Custom Mini Skully Show

I finally was able to make it out to Chuckwa to see the Custom Mini Skully Show in person! It was awesome. I was really impressed with the layout of the show. It was really clean and each piece flowed nicely from one to the next. There were so many amazing customs on display (over 90 artists participated!), that I felt really proud to be a part of this show! 😀

Here’s a close-up of the shelf my customs were on:

On the left: [Bubblegum Crisis by J-R00] I thought it was so cool that this guy made his own packaging! :O
In the middle: [Delicious Drip by Follow The White Rabbit (me!)] (Click here to see more pics of the customs I submitted.)
On the right: [Skully Deer by Follow The White Rabbit (me!)] (Click here to see more pics of the customs I submitted.)

ALL the pieces in the show were so awesome and so unbelievably creative.  It was so inspiring to see such different results with the same figure.  Some people attached or sculpted 3-dimensional object to their Skully, others painted theirs, while some made Skully-inspired art instead.  I didn’t get pics of all the pieces (don’t worry, there are a lot of pics on Flickr), but I thought I’d post this selection of some the customs I really liked:

[Champagne Kisses & Berry Blue Martini by Tsai-fi] I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now. Visit her Etsy shop here! 🙂

On the left: [Silly Cephelapod Jr by Brandon Dicks] I loved this one. The placement of the mouth and bowtie were a great ideas. 🙂 The paint job on this was so clean and precise.
On the right: [Must Killa by Gods & Monsters] I really like the bold colours and how the bottom was left white.  (Also, a nod to Chuckwa for great display set-up with the mirror!)

On the left: [Seena is a Hell Clown by Brainstrikers’ Artdenka] I loved the bold designs and colours in this one.
On the right: [Pirate Skullypus by Shelly Rodriguez] This one had a really nice paint job. Visit Shelly’s blog!

On the left: [Skullytie by Gammaraybots] This one was just genius! 🙂
On the right: [Sad Fancy by Vivian Nguyen] The crows on this were really cute.

More great blogging coverage of this show was done by Spanky Stokes (who has a video of all the pieces) and David Silva (who had a sweet custom in the show). 🙂 Click here to see ALL the pieces from the show. If you’re interested in purchasing a custom, please email: skullyshow@chuckwa.com

If you’re on Facebook, you can become a fan of Chuckwa because they’re awesome.  So awesome that they used my Skully custom as their profile pic!!! 😉