Plush Art Show: Animus + Euphoria + 2 Deer for Plush You 2010

These plushies of mine will be on display at Plush You this year. The opening reception is this Friday from 5-9pm at Schmancy in Seattle, WA. Stop by if you’re in the area!

Animus + Euphoria
Animus’s name was influenced by ‘Animus Vox’, one of my favourite songs by Glitch Mob. As well as symbolizing masculine energy, Animus also means ‘strong dislike’ which I find a contrast to really liking the song Animus Vox! So I thought it was fitting to call the sad-faced sister ‘Animus’, while the happy-faced sister would need to have a positive name — ‘Euphoria’. Their contrasting names were also inspired by the rabbit print on their bellies. The print shows a happy idealistic union of two rabbits. I wanted the sisters to reflect the reality of this union — happy and sad.  One cannot know happiness without experiencing sadness. There are two sides to every coin and these sisters know that very well. Sometimes Animus leads + days are sad. Other times Euphoria makes all the decisions and days are happy. They don’t always agree with where they are going, but they must work together to find a balance in order to move forward. Animus + Euphoria remind us to take each day one step at a time, and to embrace the ups and downs in life.

Strawberry Death Cupcake Deer + Cherry Death Cupcake Deer own the gothic lolita themed cupcake shop in Deerville. They decorate their cupcakes with tiny plastic bats, hissing cats and smiling jack-o-lanterns. Their favourite holiday is Halloween and they cannot wait for it this year because they love dressing up!

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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!