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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Steve Zissou Puppet

Spoke Art is having its annual exhibit, entitled “Bad Dads”, it features artwork inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. They were nice enough to invite me to take part again this year. The show opened yesterday, Friday, November 1st, and is on display until Nov. 23rd.

Seeing that for the last Bad Dads show I made Royal Tennenbaums marionettes, I decided to stay in a similar vein and created a Steve Zissou ‘muppet’ style polyfoam hand and rod puppet.

He took a few months to make, that was when I wasn’t working the ol’ day job or interning for Trouble Puppet Theater for their show “The Head.” I’m really pleased with how he came out, especially since he’s only the second hand and rod puppet I’ve ever made. The first one being the Kenneth the Spider puppet I made 3 years ago for the Youtube web series “Seth Martin and Friends.”

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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'” :