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.


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

“Frame That TOON!” Art Show

I’ve been fervently working on a piece for this show which opens Friday, February 26, 2016. More as things develop. I have to finish the piece by tomorrow. Tonight is going to be another all nighter…..

Well, here he is. My piece for “Fame That Toon!” is none other than the Shogun of Sorrow, AKUUUUU! Hopefully I won’t be tossed into a post-apocalyptic future where HIS EVIL IS LAW! 60+ hours of cutting, sewing, and hot gluing later I have a 4-foot tall fiber art replica of everyone’s favorite shape-shifting warlock.


Here’s more details on the show.

Pieces will eventually be for sale at the show and on their site here.


The Legend of Zelda Anniversary Art Show

My Hyrulian puppet is back out on the art show circuit, this time Link is going to Los Angeles to be in Hero Complex Gallery’s “The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Art Celebration!”

Link will be for sale on Hero Complex Gallery’s website and at the opening which is February 26, 2016, at 7:00. If you are in Los Angeles you should check out the show! I have another show the same night in Austin at Guzu Gallery. more on that to come. (Interested in commissioning me to do a custom puppet? Feel free to contact me to get a quote! Serious inquiries only please.)


Link Puppet and Promo Video!

Guzu Gallery’s “High Scores,” a video game themed art show, was the official pre-party for Classic Game Fest. On display from July 24, 2015 – August 31, 2015, High Scores features over 30 artists, including myself. For this show I fabricated a hand-and-rod puppet of everyone’s favorite adventurer, Link! He comes with his shield and can even stand on his own. If you’re interested in purchasing him, he will be for sale eventually here.

After finishing him, it became obvious that a play date was in order. So Eric Samaniego, Wright Sulek, and myself made the above promo spot for High Scores. Eric voiced and puppeteered Link, I helped puppeteer, and Wright filmed, operated the boom mic, and gave us directions. We had a blast and it all came together very organically. I wrote the script on a Tuesday, finished the puppet and printed the backdrop on Wednesday, we filmed it on Thursday, and Wright had the edited video finished by that Sunday. This experience has made it all the more apparent I need to work in film.


Flyer for “High Scores” art show.

Business Card Designs

I work on a slew of projects. So here are three business cards designed for promoting my various creative outlets. One is for my jewelry design company REfusedDesigns Studios, one is for this very blog about my art projects (www.tessamorrison.com), and the latest card is for StrangeKidsClub.com, who I write for and contribute content. My main passion is creating art with with my hands and I don’t think of myself as a graphic designer, but here are some business cards proving that I have some graphic design chops.

Looking at them now I see that I should have pulled down the text on the back of the orange card. The back of the RefusedDesigns card I see a strip of white on the left where the bleed didn’t extend far enough.

As you can tell I have a penchant for rounded corners. They don’t seem to get dinged up as quickly and are just more pleasant and tactile. The REfused Designs card with the gloss black text on matte black background is quite sharp. FYI, right now I have my etsy shop emptied. I’m debating whether I want to sell jewelry through them anymore.

Stripe from Gremlins!

Here is the fiber art piece I made for Guzu Gallery’s “Icons of Horror Show: A Haunted Portrait Show & Halloween Party.” Gremlins was one of my favorite scary movies as a kid. Yes, it was also a goofy comedy, but as a kid it was freaky to think about monsters scurrying in the dark sabotaging machinery, cutting power lines, and coming after you. One of the original scripts actually had the gremlins kill Billy’s mom, but instead they had her be a badass killing the gremlins with kitchenware. Think how different that movie would have been with Billy avenging his mom?

Ok, I’m getting sidetracked here, but yeah I made a thing! Looky! He’s approximately 8″X29″ and is made out of foam, felt, and a little wire to make his ears nice, perky, and posable. He will be for sale at the show at $275.00. Interested parties should contact Guzu  about purchasing this fiendish little fellow. 512-454-GUZU (4898)  info@guzugallery.com

If he doesn’t sell at the show, all the art goes up for sale online on November 3 at around Noon CST.

Opening reception for Icons of Horror is Friday, Oct. 31st from 7-10 p.m. At 5000 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX.

The show is open until Dec. 1st. So if you can’t make it out on opening night, it’s no sweat. It’ll be on display for a while. However, you might wanna show because the first so many people in the door get a free copy of Gore Noir Magazine and there will be a live music performance by dark synth maestro, Xander Harris.

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.