Horrible Adorables will be celebrating their stellar year by having a 20% off Christmas in July sale this month! The offer will be good for all 'custom minis' and 'ready to ship' items in the Etsy shop. It will not be valid on custom orders over $60, or existing orders put in before the sale. The sale will be for two weeks starting THIS Friday! Offer code is: RUDOLPH. Dates are July 11th-July 25th at midnight EST. Look for new critters, ornaments, and books stocking the shop. Mark your calendars, these sales don't come around often!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
My entry for Spoonflower's 'sewing coordinates' contest. I'm trying to do more of their weekly fabric design challenges to broaden my surface pattern portfolio! This pattern is super girly... even for me! I wish there was a set of fairies that lived in my sewing box and helped me with projects when I went to sleep. That would be nice. I do have some wonderful assistants that help me out with Horrible Adorables, but they don't work for thimbles and buttons.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
For the second year in a row, I've been invited to participate in Uglycon by contributing an Uglydoll themed piece of art. This year marks a celebration of Ice-Bat (he's 10 years old!), and so I created him as a Horrible Adorable! My favorite description of Ice-Bat is that "he wants to hang out with you... or just hang upside-down, if that's OK with you!" My Ice-Bat is chilling upside down. Perhaps you want to hang out with him at the opening? The show runs June 21st-July 9th at Giant Robot in Los Angeles. Check out all the details in the flyer above. You can also see my Uglycon 'Babo' piece from last year here.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Today I entered my competition piece for Fabric8. Fabric8 is a collaboration between Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics to discover eight fabric collections from emerging designers, based off of a chosen theme. The theme this year is 'Cosmic Voyage!' Out of the eight collections, one overall winner is selected for the ultimate prize of a contract with Robert Kaufman to develop a fabric collection for them!
I decided to go with a cute space scene of critter-nauts harvesting stars with mischievous space creatures joining in on their fun. I would love to see a whole children's room based around these characters! Before I can even think about what I would design as this fabric's coordinates, I have to make it through to the first round of 100! Wish me luck!
Friday, May 23, 2014
|Divine weather at Penn's Landing.|
|Awesome articulated stained glass puppets at Le Puppet Regime.|
|A hand cut and hand printed paper insect from the dapper dudes at New Academy Press.|
|Crafty friend and boothmate Sarah-Maria of Meerwiibli. I came home with that fantastic fox dress! |
(sorry for the blurry photo, I don't know what happened here)
|Fun patterns and cute animals at The Wind and The Sail.|
|A Tadpole Creations headband. Turn yourself into one of Renee's adorable stuffed animals! |
(Modeled by the lovely Megan of Art Star.
|Stitched wood wall decor from Little Green Things.|
The annual Philadelphia Art Star Craft Bazaar took place at Penn's Landing, May 10-11th over Mother's Day weekend (even my Momma came to the show!). It was a great fair, seeing some familiar faces and meeting new people! Sarah-Maria from Meerwiibli and I requested to have our booths next to each other. It was great fun to catch up with her and her hubby. We both wore cat dresses of her design on Saturday... and it was pretty darn cute.
The weather took a turn for the worse late afternoon on Saturday. A crazy rain storm rolled in, blowing in intense winds and dampening the day. Thankfully I had invested in a brand new EZ Up pop-up tent, before the show, with roll down flaps. Though there were times when I thought our tent might take flight, the Horrible Adorables stayed put and dry. Sunday's weather was beautiful and sunny, almost making the ickiness from the previous day a distant memory (almost!).
I've snapped some photos of some of my favorite vendors from the show above with links to their websites. There was a super diverse mix this year, and it was nice to see some totally original and unique wares that I've never seen before!
With a belly full of vegetarian comfort food, and a lightened car load from the many creatures adopted, I bid Philly a 'good bye' and an 'until next year!'
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Last week concluded the Make Art That Sells e-course that I've been spending so much time on over the last five weeks. I'm feeling sad that it's over, but have a renewed sense of love in my art making! The final project was a personal one. We were instructed to take one of our personal collections and create a hyper-lush zipper pouch for the gift market. I'm a girl who loves collecting and arranging my treasured objects into little groupings, so this project was right up my alley! After some debate, I chose to illustrate my vintage taxidermy collection (and add in a couple pieces I don't have yet... but hope to, someday). I knew going into it that this personal project was not going to be as marketable in subject matter, but since Lilla said to make something for us, that WE enjoyed... I decided to just go for it! Who knows, there are some awesome boutique companies that take more risks, so maybe there is a chance that this taxidermy pouch may someday find it's way into stores. I played around with a color palette that I don't usually use, but was good for me to step outside of my color comfort zone! It gave me a fresh perspective on a favorite subject matter.
Looking forward to taking part in the second half of the course (MATS B) next spring!
Monday, May 5, 2014
So thrilled to have my work included in Auguste Clown Gallery's group show 'Wilderness' running June 20th-July 7th. You have to see the line up of participating artists... it's amazing! These are the two pieces I'll have in the show. They were both inspired by some Australian marsupials (the gallery is located in Melbourne, Australia).
The first creature featured is a 'Pick Pocket.' Saddened by her own drab coloring, this creature seeks out brightly colored babies and stuffs them in her pouch, stealing them away in the dead of night. Not much is known on what she does with the babes after looting them, but skeptics believe that she takes them back to her nest and raises them as her own. Though she would be an awful mother, always resenting her 'adopted' children's beauty. The second is a 'Crowned Foxolotl.' Not to be confused with ordinary 'Foxolotls,' each ear marks the status of her royal lineage. She is the great-great-great-great-great grand daughter of the first ruling queen. Unfortunately, the royal line ends with her, as she now resides upon a plaque.