Saturday, March 31, 2012

Needle felting classes in Navasota, TX!

I'll be giving two needle felting classes at WC Mercantile, my favorite place to get merino. I use their wool in most of my sculptures, and their superfine merino is the softest stuff I've ever worked with. Go support them, and me, and learn a thing or two!

There will be a Beginner Class on April 28th, where I'll teach how to make all the basic shapes out of core wool, attach them to each other, and cover them with nice dyed roving. No experience or materials required, everything is covered!

Then, on June 2nd, there will be an Advanced Class where each student will design a creature, then I'll go over how to make a wire armature (if necessary), how to make a structurally sound core shape, and how to decorate it with dyed roving and mixed media. Since the class is only 4 hours, you may not leave with a completed creature of your own design, but you will have made a lot of progress and will definitely be prepared to finish it on your own and make as many others as you want!

Here's the skinny:

Date & Time: April 28th, 1-5 PM

Cost: $40

Materials required: None!

Date & Time: June 2nd, 1-5 PM

Cost: $40
Materials required: Felting needle, felting foam, small pliers

Location for both:
WC Mercantile
201 E. Washington Ave
Navasota, Texas  77868

Hope to see you there!!

Lety RZ

A side venture

I've always loved comics. When I first started going to art school, I wanted to be a comic artist. That didn't quite pan out, but I still faithfully follow a large number of webcomics. Most of these artists don't make a living from their comic work; they get a little money from merch, but it's mostly a labor of love, putting their work up on the internet for people to enjoy for free.

My husband has a webcomic. It's called Hobo Lobo of Hamelin. In this loose adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, there are these little rats that I adore. I wanted to make something to show my appreciation, the same way I make animal sculptures to express my fascination with them. It was thus that I made my very first piece of fanart:
Hamelinian Rat, from Hobo Lobo
While I was really happy with it, I had a conundrum. I didn't want to put it in the Cretur Fetur shop, because it didn't really have anything to do with the goals I wanted Cretur Fetur to accomplish. I could maybe open a different shop, and make more of this sort of thing, I thought. So I set about contacting a few of my favorite webcomic authors, asking for permission to make their characters into 3D needle felted sculptures.

And so, Stabwool was born!

Death from Lamezone

Onion baby from Bad Machinery

Fox from Gunshow

Barbary sheep from Skin Deep

Giraffe by TPHD

I have approximately a thousand million plans for more of these, and I don't plan on abandoning Cretur Fetur either. So, if you like them, please follow my Tumblr for updates, and my Twitter for progress photos and inane ramblings, and check out all these people's lovely comics (though, be warned, several of them are not safe for work).

Thanks for reading I love you hi

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Two pink things

I made a tiny axolotl.

It looked to me like a strong and steady worker, so I gave it lots of jobs.



and magnet.

I also made a strange creature of the deep, a fleshy-bodied angler fish, the Coffinfish.
This one I just kinda let sit around. It has a distaste for work. And sunlight.