Archive for the 'commission' Category

20
Jul
15

Pepino and the Peps!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Christmas Mouse

This was a fun (and daunting) commission. The client had a vintage Christmas ornament that was a cherished heirloom in her family. She had no way of deciding which of her four adult children would get the ornament, so she came up with a unique solution: having me recreate the figure, Pepino the Christmas Mouse, four times. (only 3 shown in photo alongside the original).

It was fun, but as each of the felties is a unique, hand-crafted item, it was a challenge to try to match the original as closely as possible four separate times. Another hurdle was finding a company that supplied wool in the colors I needed to match the original Pepino. There are a lot of reds in the world, and finding just the right one was a bit of trial and error. And, as you can see, the green of the original Pepino (and even the pink inside the ears) faded to grey over time, so the client and I agreed it would be nice to bring those parts back to their original, festive colors.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Christmas Mouse

In the end, the client was very happy with the outcome. No word yet on how her brilliant solution went over with her children. I like to keep in mind that my client commissioned me to recreate four Pepinos and worked with me over a period of months to nail down all the exacting details — and that kind of effort and care seems like something I’d cherish even more than the original store-bought item. I hope the kids agree!

For a little backstory on Pepino: The client named the mouse after a song by Lou Monte, Pepino the Italian Mouse.

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11
Jun
15

Mike and Mindy Commission

Run Red Run Needle Felted Mike and MindyJon Esparza, creator of the webcomics Mike and Mindy, Bubble Fox, and Peppertown, commissioned me to sculpt his characters, Mike and Mindy, in glorious 3-D form.  These two have a lot of fun together and get into some crazy situations. You can laugh along with Mike and Mindy and all of Jon’s comics over at jonscrazystuff.blogspot.com, read a few of his comics below, and see more shots of these wacky kids in the gallery.

Jon EsparzaJon EsparzaIt was great working with Jon. He tells me he’s thrilled to see his characters in 3-D. These 8-inch Mike and Mindy figures represent the third time I’ve been commissioned to recreate comic characters (Bigfoot and Scout from Untold Tales of Bigfoot and Lope from The Graveyard Gang being the other two).

Run Red Run Needle Felted Mike and Mindy

Mike and Mindy going home

 

24
Sep
14

Poetic Justice: With my needle, I felted an ALBATROSS!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Albatross Art tip: When the inspiration behind a commission is a grim poem about sailors dying at sea, you should avoid googly eyes on your fiber sculpture.

That said, I just finished another commission! This time the subject was a very serious albatross. Nothing too whimsical in this design since the recipient is a big fan of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner — if you know the poem, you’ll understand why we went with a more somber, less cartoony bird.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Albatross

The client who commissioned me gave me a photo of a specific albatross for reference. i pulled a few more images from the web to get a sense of the bird and went for a realistic interpretation of the subject. I was lucky enough to be there when the gift was given and it was a hit. Whew! I had some fun with Photoshop, pretending the seabird was out for a swim, and there are a few more studio shots in the gallery.




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