World Oceans Day Hawaii!

PangeaSeed invited me to take part in an exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art during their first annual “World Oceans Day” art and film festival in June. For this show I made a fiber art sculpture of the endangered green sea turtle. The piece is titled “Honu” and was on display at the Doris Day Theater helping to promote the films.

I was lucky enough to attend World Oceans Day Hawaii! It was doubly exciting seeing that I’d never been to Hawaii before. Tre’ Packard and Akira Biondo of PangeaSeed really put their heart and soul into this event. If you don’t know about PangeaSeed  they are an international organization that work with artists and the community to raise awareness about conservation and preservation of our oceans and their inhabitants.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

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Moth Man! Fabric Art Sculpture

With the resurgence of Kaiju films there have been several monster themed art shows popping up lately. After receiving invites to partake in a few I decided to make a Moth Man to pay homage to my home state of West Virginia. Here is the resulting soft sculpture after hours of building a wire armature, cutting, and hot gluing fabric.

Moth Man!

Moth Man is featured in Streets of Beige’s online gallery called “THE BIG ASS MONSTER SHOW!” which started May 16th. You can check out the rest of the submissions here: http://www.streetsofbeige.com/2014/05/sob-presents-big-ass-monster-show_16.html

Sweet flyer for the show by Matthew Griffin.

Sweet flyer for the show by Matthew Griffin.

Moth Man will be for sale at another T.B.A. show around September.

I tried to pull from various depictions of the Moth Man. Drawings of him have all sorts of different types of wings (went with standard moth wings instead of webbing or feathery wings to avoid making him look like an owl). He obviously had to have large red eyes, because all sightings of him reported those peepers glaring at people. After adding the mouth and eyes he really came together as opposed to looking like an over-sized grey pine cone. : D

Check out this sweet poster for the Streets of Beige show by Matthew Griffin. I bought a purple variant of it for my apartment.

 

“Supernatural Time!” Plushies

These are a set of four commissioned plushies I made for Akeem Lawanson of Rye Bread Radio who has a youtube channel and an award winning vlog. They are for a mash-up webseries called “Supernatural Time!”, a combination of “Supernatural” and “Adventure Time.”
The Bobby one is my favorite. No one’s life is truly complete until they have sewn a miniature trucker cap. The set is comprised of Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel. Castiel is the angel rocking out the sweet trench coat. Bobby is the bearded fellow in the trucker cap. Sam has moose antlers because it was a running gag amongst fans to tease him about his height. Dean is the spikey haired one with the grey jacket.

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Arch Nemesis Show

Hero Complex Gallery is curating an art show called “Arch Nemesis”, an art show themed around arch villains. The opening for the show is Friday May 24, 2013. I got wind of this event and immediately started on some fabric art pieces focusing on Marvel villains. I did Magneto’s helmet out of yarn using weaving techniques, Dr. Doom’s mask out of felt and fleece using a technique in the paper craft world known as quilling, and finally made an elaborate mask based on the Green Goblin. They all varied in difficulty of construction and the amount of time to finish.

I learned to read at the age of three with your standard children’s books, but also with  my older brothers comics, well, at least the one’s he’d let me get my greasy little mitts on. I grew up flipping through Omega Men, Billy Bayou, Toxic Avenger, Conan, The What If Series, X-Men, X-Factor, X-Statix, Spiderman, Superman, and Batman. Comic books and graphic novels are my jams. My favorite of the sequential arts.

Anywhos, here are the pieces I made for the show!

First off is the piece entitled “Dr. Loom”.

Next is “Magnus Bis Tincto”, which basically translates to “Yarn Magneto.”

And then we have the Green Goblin called “Green Feltin'” :

“Weapon of Choice” Show

"The Half-Breed" March 2011. Some of you guys might remember this piece!

It was in the “Quentin VS Coen” Exhibit that toured New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in 2011. I made this piece of fiber art based on Gogo Yubari’s ball and chain weapon in Kill Bill using a combination of knitting, sewing, wet felting, and crochet. It’s going to be in another show coming up January 11-13, 2013 in L.A. at Design Matters. The show is called “Weapon of Choice”, and is themed around weapons in pop culture. If you happen to be in L.A. in January, check out the show!

Click here for the Facebook event. You can also check out the gallery’s site with list of exhibitions here.

“Quentin vs Coen” Traveling Exhibit Recap

The art show tribute to the films of the Coen Bros. and Quentin Tarantino opening premiere at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City had a line going down the stairs and around the block with people waiting for an hour and a half to get inside. After the NY premiere, the show traveled  to San Francisco, displaying at Spoke Art Gallery and then wrapping up in early October at the Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles where they showcased artwork by prominent contemporary artists. I submitted two soft sculpture/fabric art pieces that were representations of weapons from the films of these directors. The idea was taking a deadly and otherwise frightening object and fabricating it out of materials normally associated with pleasant, tactile experiences.

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The captive bolt stunner device from “No Country For Old Men”, that’s the apparatus Anton Chigurh carries around with him busting locks and skulls (it is supposed to be used for euthanizing livestock), inspired me to create the piece entitled “Sweet Deal” which is presented in a point-of-sale experience. Its made out of felt and cotton jersey material. The other soft sculpture entitled “The Half-Breed”, is a soft sculpture replica of Gogo Yubari’s weighted chain weapon from “Kill Bill”. After doing some homework on ancient Japanese and Chinese weaponry, it appears that the weapon Tarantino crafted for Gogo was a combination of the kusari-fundo weapon (think longer nun chuks) of Japan and the meteor hammer (resembling a mace on a chain) from China. This soft sculpture was displayed as if in the armory section of a history museum complete with informative plaque. This piece was created using crochet, knitting, wet felting, and sewing techniques. This show got wondrous press through several magazines, newpapers, and well over 80 websites/blogs. I have a couple links in the “Press” section of my site if you want to read up more about this show. I heard from the curator that the Coen Bros. made an appearance and Frances McDormand pointed out my piece “Sweet Deal” to them, and they loved it! I don’t think Quentin Tarantino made it to the show… I heard something about his lawyers checking us out though.