Ellen Ripley Puppet for Gallery 1988

This is the second show I’ve been in at Gallery 1988! I’m pretty stoked on it. The theme this time is “30 Years Later,” an art show based upon films from 1986. It was a hard call, as there were a lot of amazing films on that list, however in the end I went with ALIENS and created an Ellen Ripley puppet. She is an adorable little badass xenomorph expert.

 

Titled “Who’s Snow White?” a line uttered by another badass female character, Vasquez. Little Ripley has her asymmetrical watch, sweet red and white high top Reeboks from the future, and ammunition laden suspenders. Her t-shirt was stained with tea to give her the sweat-stained battle damage look. Her hair is made of a furry yarn that has great volume and texture to it.

The art show is at Gallery 1988 WEST is March 26, 2016 on Friday from 7-10. The show is on display though April 9th. If you are in Los Angeles, hit it up! Ripley will be for sale through Gallery 1988’s store.

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Gallery 1988’s Flyer for the show.

If you’re into puppets, I got some more cute commissions that will be underway here soon. So keep your eyes peeled for more felty goodness.

You can check out more of my work at https://www.behance.net/tessamorrison

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HELLBOY Fiber Art Portrait

This piece was made for the Chogrin curated “Guillermo Del Toro: In Service of Monsters” exhibit at Gallery 1988. I love Guillermo Del Toro’s work and Chogrin curated the 25th Anniversary of Hellboy Art Show a few years back, which looked amazing. I really wanted to be a part of it and I might of cried a little when I missed out on it. So I started composing an email to Chogrin to ask to be in his next show, and then out of the freaking blue he emailed me first!! I hadn’t even sent my draft to him! Crazytown. I found out that the gallery owner at Gallery 1988 is a fan of my work and sent him my info. Yay, networking!

The show was Sept. 11, 2015 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. I flew out to the show and stayed with some friends and my brother. I brought some Hellboy comics for Mike Mignola to sign, because he had a piece in the show, unfortunately he couldn’t make it out for personal reasons. HOWEVER, there was one special guest who showed up, Guillermo Del Toro!!! I got to meet the man himself, and he was so sweet. I didn’t get to talk to him much, but I told him I was an artist in the show and he was super sweet, “Oh really? Want to get a picture together in front of your piece?” Durrrrrrr..::brain melts:::…yes…please? They had a cake of the strange metal scarab apparatus from CHRONOS. The inside was red velvet cake! Nom!

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The man himself. And me…cheesin’ so hard.

 

Originally I was going to create the Hellboy with the full horns and the flaming crown, but the technique I choose lent itself to his filed down horns way more. The technique I used for this piece is similar to the Dr. Doom piece I did a few years back. They are made up of little sushi rolls of fabric tiled like a mosaic. It’s a distinct look I came up with one day when I was trying to make some fabric beads.

In process.

Dr. Doom Fiber Portrait