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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.

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

 

05
Jun
15

A “Beary” Fun Class!

 

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear

I taught another needle felting class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts this month. Like last time, we went over basic needle felting techniques. But this time, instead of an owl, the class made a bear.

The students did a wonderful job sculpting the wool into cute little bears. The class was filled with mostly first-timers (and one repeat student) and I love how they each added their unique spin on the project.

I hope to teach another class in the near future. As soon as I know all the details, I’ll post them here.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear Class

 

Run Red Run Needle Felted Bear Class

 

 

 

25
Apr
15

Upcoming Needle Felting Class

That’s right! For those of you who couldn’t make the first workshop (or if you took the first workshop and want more exposure), there’s a second workshop at Sweetwater Arts Center on Friday, May 29th at 6:30PM. We’ll be making a bear, more cartoony than realistic, entirely out of wool!  You can check out Sweetwater at http://www.sweetwaterartcenter.org for registration details. Hope to see you there!

 

 

23
Mar
15

Owl Be Darned! Needle Felting Class Was A Success!

The other day, I taught a needle felting workshop at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. We had a good turnout of enthusiastic participants who learned the basics of needle felting in one whirlwind, three-hour class. For the workshop, I created a stylized owl and the group followed along, each felting their own owl.

The owl I made for the workshop

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Me setting up for the workshop

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During the workshop

Everyone did a fantastic job and put their own creative spin on the project. I’m super proud of my students and the amazing job they all did. Since the workshop was such a success, I’ve already got another one scheduled for May — where we’ll be felting a bear!

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A student’s finished owl!

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All the finished owls!

01
Nov
14

La Feltie De Los Muertos

RUn Red Run Day of the Dead Skeleton Dia de los Muertos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hate to see Halloween pass. Of course, as a Halloween is winding down, Dia de los Muertos is just getting started! Today we think of the Day of the Dead as a Mexican holiday, but the foundations of the holiday predate the arrival of Europeans in Mesoamerican by thousands of years. I can’t let the festival pass by without a contribution.  This year I made a little Catrina with a felted shawl and skirt and wooden coffin. I love making these little guys. It’s the detailing and ornamentation of the skulls the appeals to me. Overall, the day of the dead isn’t a morbid time. It’s a celebration to remember the loved ones we have lost. I think the art of the holiday is meant to take the fear out of death and maybe to remind us death is a just another part of life.
Go to my gallery for more photos of this little skeleton!

 

31
Oct
14

Happy Halloween 2014! Needle felted Charlie Brown Ghost.

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had a little trouble with the scissors.” I wasn’t sure I’d have time to get this felted and photographed, but I wanted to do something fun for Halloween. And here he is. Good Ol’ Charlie Brown in his ghost costume. No matter how terrible the costume, no one should get a bag of rocks for Halloween. Come on, people!

I took a photo of the “sheet” without the form under it so you could see those were actual holes, and not just black spots felted on. There are a few more shots of Chuck in the gallery. Happy Halloween!

Run Red Run Needle Felted Halloween Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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