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Designer-Turned-Crafter Stitches Little Leather Creatures That Live Under the Sea

Leather Creatures by Freda Cheung

Trained as graph­ic design­er, Fre­da Che­ung has gone ana­log and sculpts leather crea­tures by hand. “I’ve always been inter­est­ed in the ocean,” she tells Frankie Mag­a­zine. “Some of my dig­i­tal art­work shares the ocean theme. Then I saw oth­er artists mak­ing ani­mals from felt, and want­ed to make my own sea crea­tures in leather.” To pro­duces her octo­pus­es, crabs, and lob­sters, their pat­terns are pieced togeth­er and secured with whip stitch­es. Some, like the tiny whales, are quirky brooches. Oth­ers are larg­er and stur­dy enough to stack on top one another—for extra fun.

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Artist, Sculpture

Felted Fungi (on Real Wood) That You Don’t Have to Forage For

Mushroom felt crafts by Close Call Studio

Maybe you don’t have a green thumb and all your plants even­tu­al­ly wilt. You know what? That’s okay. Because thanks to the mush­room felt crafts by Close Call Stu­dio, you can still have some­thing life-like in your home. Aman­da Adams, the illus­tra­tor and sculp­tor behind Close Call, cre­ates play­ful plants and veg­eta­bles that are an eye-catch­ing fusion of craft­ed nature with a piece of the real out­doors. She hand-sews and mounts small fun­gi, col­or­ful blooms, and prick­ly cac­ti on a slice of hand-cut wood. The result is a unique homage to nature that brings the beau­ty of the out­doors inside—but no extra care required.

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Sculpture

Fantastical Felt Creatures Reveal What’s Really Inside Their Alien-Like Anatomy

Felted creatures by Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushi­ma (pre­vi­ous­ly) cre­ates a fan­tas­ti­cal world of out of felt. Using that, as well as oth­er mate­ri­als like bead­ing, she pro­duces por­traits of bee­tles, cephalopods, and clams. Each of her col­or­ful has an astound­ing lev­el of detail, and her felt crafts go beyond your typ­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of these crea­tures. Rather, through her series The Anato­my of, she shows us what’s inside.

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Embroidery, Illustrated products, Sculpture

Felted Peacock Sculptures Pay Homage to Their Brilliant Plumage

Jill Ffrench felt bird sculptures

Fiber artist Jill Ffrench crafts felt­ed bird sculp­tures that pay homage to their volup­tuous plumage. Using 100% pure felt, she stitch­es the hand-held crea­tures and adheres them with embroi­dery thread, wire, and wax. When com­plete, the soft fig­ures don orna­men­tal long, tails, which fea­ture a com­bi­na­tion of lay­ered felt and dec­o­ra­tive stitch­es to pro­duce a spec­tac­u­lar effect. (The detail shots are my favorite.)

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Illustrated products, Sculpture

Adorably Tiny Totem Creatures That Fit on Your Fingertips

Ramalama creatures

If you feel com­fort­ed by tiny ani­mal com­pan­ions, then RamaLa­ma Crea­tures is going to make you real hap­py. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the adorable poly­mer sculp­tures are hand paint­ed with a ton of intri­cate detail and fin­ished with a glossy var­nish.

Ram­inta is the lady behind RamaLa­ma crea­tures, and she’s always had a fas­ci­na­tion with the beau­ty of nature—her child­hood was spent on the Baltic Sea shore. After grad­u­at­ing with a degree in pho­tog­ra­phy, she ded­i­cat­ed her­self to “mas­ter­ing skills and per­fect­ing design” of her char­ac­ters. It usu­al­ly takes days to cre­ate a sin­gle ani­mal.

RamaLa­ma Crea­tures are avail­able on Etsy, but they’re often sold out. Fol­low Ram­inta on Insta­gram to see what’s com­ing up next!

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Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures

Ramalama creatures
BPB Projects, Embroidery, Sculpture

I Made This: My Halloween Costume

Halloween costume — a bouquet of flowersHap­py Hal­loween! I am a big fan of the hol­i­day (because, can­dy) but nev­er real­ly made an elab­o­rate cos­tume before—until this year. Final­ly , I got my act togeth­er and worked on an out­fit months and months before­hand (I’m a marathon­er, not a sprint­er).

I’m a bouquet of flowers!

Halloween costume, detail To pro­duce this project required a lot of felt and hot glue. It was time con­sum­ing, but not dif­fi­cult. (Process-ori­ent­ed peo­ple, you’d prob­a­bly enjoy mak­ing this cos­tume.) Basi­cal­ly, it’s a green hood (made from felt) with a bunch of hand­craft­ed felt flow­ers glued on top and around the crown of the base. These are the tuto­ri­als I used:

They’re super easy to fol­low and well-doc­u­ment­ed so that you can fol­low along. I wish I had an excuse to make more! After the flow­ers were assem­bled, arranged, and glued, I wrapped tulle around the hood to cre­ate the appear­ance of tis­sue paper. I com­plet­ed it by tying it with a coral-col­ored bow.

I tried to get a picture with my little baby Sadie. She was not pleased.

Halloween costume — a bouquet of flowers

Halloween costume — a bouquet of flowers
Embroidery, Sculpture

Felted Bear Sculptures Carry the Weight of the World on Their Back

Past Your Porchlight

Artist Jessie Cun­ning­ham invites us to “Step past your porch light and into the wilds with my soft sculp­ture cre­ations.” Through her shop (apt­ly) called Past Your Porch­light, she fash­ions tiny bears that car­ry the weight of the world on their backs. This isn’t a bur­den to the gen­tle giants—they tote their tiny friends who regal them with sto­ries as they trav­el. “In all of their jour­neys, this world­ly pair knows best that life is bet­ter when you share it with friends. ”

To cre­ate these charm­ing felt­ed crea­tures, Jessie hand stitch­es the bear and sculpts, sands, and primes the oth­er ele­ments. They “fare best on a shelf or desk­top, some­where to safe­ly bring a bit of nature indoors.”

See all of Jessie’s felt hand­i­work in the Past Your Porch­light Etsy shop.

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures

 

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight

Past Your Porchlight soft sculptures
Embroidery, Sculpture

Hand-Knitted Birds are a Cuddly Homage to Our Feathered Friends

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Eliz­a­beth Beer & Bri­an Janu­si­ak are the mas­ter­minds behind Var­i­ous Projects, Inc. a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion that start­ed in 2005. One of their ongo­ing projects is called Bird­watch­ing, and it’s a cud­dly homage to our feath­ered friends. The first sub­ject was a hand-knit pigeon, but it only grew from there. Now, there’s an “ever-grow­ing flock of state and region­al birds.” The Blue Jay, Car­di­nal, Car­oli­na Wren, and Mourn­ing Dove are just some of the charm­ing soft sculp­tures avail­able in their Project No. 8 online shop.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

Birdwatching by Various Project, Inc.

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Paper Craft, Sculpture

Colorful Paper Cacti That Won’t Wilt or Prick You (!!)

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This past spring, I mar­veled over illus­tra­tor Kim Siel­beck’s tiny paper cac­ti with their bold col­ors and charm­ing pat­terned pots.  So, when I was in the midst of plan­ning Inside / Out­side at Flower Pep­per Gallery, I knew her work would be per­fect for it. I was so hap­py that Kim agreed and cre­at­ed a host of new plants—some large and some small—just for the show.

The pieces seen here are now avail­able through Flower Pep­per Gallery’s web­site. If you’ve been think­ing about buy­ing her work—do it! The cac­ti are even more delight­ful in per­son. And if you’re some­one with a brown thumb, you still reap the ben­e­fits of some green with­out the fear of them wilt­ing.

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

A pho­to post­ed by Sara Barnes (@brwnpaperbag) on

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti
Embroidery, Sculpture

There’s a New Grocer Coming to NYC, and It’s All Made of Felt

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

In 2014, Lucy Spar­row filled an aban­doned cor­ner shop in London’s East End with 4,000 hand-sewn groceries—think canned beans, packs of gum, and magazines—in a site spe­cif­ic fiber instal­la­tion. A smash­ing suc­cess, she’s bring­ing this cal­iber of exhi­bi­tion to New York City and using Kick­starter to help fund it.

Lucy’s project—a TBA loca­tion (prob­a­bly) in Manhattan—is slat­ed to open in the sum­mer of 2017. It will be called Eight Till Late, and it’ll be dou­ble the size of her Lon­don shop: 8,000 items that include a hot counter sell­ing the likes of piz­za slices and hot dogs. I’m most excit­ed, how­ev­er, by the slushy machine—Lucy plans to fill it with beads! In addi­tion, peo­ple will be able to buy felt fruits and veg­gies akin to going to an actu­al gro­cery store.

There’s cur­rent­ly a Kick­starter cam­paign hap­pen­ing to pay for half of the pro­duc­tion costs, and it’s well on its way. Check it out and pick your­self up a pack of gum while you’re at it. (via The Guardian, H/T Lisa)

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Here’s how Lucy’s Lon­don exhi­bi­tion looked (via The Guardian):

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

Lucy Sparrow felt foods

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