New Creatures

Back to Production.. More Zombabies in the queue.

These guys are the most fun to make. Rather than doing as I did with the last run of 7, I’m sort of processing all 8 of these at the same time. I spent a while yesterday just doing arms. When all 16 arms were done I stitched hair on all 8 heads. Then I attached inner mouth to outer mouth 8 times, and so on and so forth.

Next I’ll finish up stitching their ears, then it’s time to do teeth and tongues.. That’ll take a while, appliquéing 64 teeth into 8 mouths.. I’m looking forward to it though. They’ve received enough of a good review that I want to keep on making them.

Ideally, I’ll be saving all these little guys for the studio stroll happening in just under 2 weeks. I need back stock before I open my doors to tourists. But in the interest of covering all my bases, I’ll have them posted to the Etsy page as well. If one sells during the stroll, I’ll just remove it from display. If one sells in the shop, and then on Etsy, I’ll simply refund the Etsy customer with an apology. I’ve done this before and I don’t think it’s cheating.

Anyway, time for me to get to sewing.

Thanks everyone,



Hi, Everybody..

I’ve been making some monsters with a more human twist. If you can call having no lower jaw human.. I started doodling the pattern for these freakish, ghoulish, screaming children in my sketchbook and loved it.

Sunday I cut the pieces for 5 of ‘em and stitched ‘em together by Tuesday. Stuffed ‘em on Wednesday and now I’m sewing them shut.

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I’m going with the title “Zombabies” for now. Most of the feedback I’ve received on ‘em has been zombie related. I don’t mind that one bit to be honest.

I’m getting them ready to premier at my studio for the 2009 River Arts District Spring Studio Stroll.. If you can remember all of that. In keeping with the climes of hard times, I’m not gonna be charging much for these. I’m pricing all my new work for the studio stroll at $40 and below. Granted, I’ll have some more sculptural items like Vampero and Somber Dave available to buy for those who want them. They’re priced accordingly.

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See? They make such a great set. I can’t wait for you guys to pick ‘em up and squeeze them. They’re made entirely of used clothing, so you know they’re comfy to squeeze. And, if you spill grape juice on ‘em, they can go in the wash! Don’t you love reusing things? Reuse is the way to go!

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The real stroke of luck for these guys was a T shirt I had with a big white silkscreened decal, flecked with black pockmarks and holes. I cut it up for teeth and appliquéd it onto their screaming mouths. The teeth look so much more dimensional and decayed than if I’d just used a neutral fabric. Reuse is the way to go, kids. You never know what hidden potential old clothing and ugly silkscreens can have.

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Anyway, I look forward to seeing your faces the second weekend in June. Drop me some comments about my Zombabies. I’m interested in your reactions.