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Literary Kittens, Bubble & Squeak, Odd Pears and a little holiday.

25/04

Hi!

It’s been such a whirlwind lately – some giant projects have finally come together over the last couple of weeks and here I am to tell you all about them!

First up, I completed my installation in a corner of Loreto Mandeville Junior Library. It’s a celebration of my most treasured characters and writers in the form of kittens – Literary Kittens!

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Included are Margaret (C)Atwood, Beatrix Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hermione Granger and Simone De Beauvoir. By no means an exhaustive lineup – it was so hard to narrow down all the authors I wanted to make into kittens. Their portraits are hanging among felt pennants, felt pot plants, shelves full of felt books and even a little felt owl specimen.

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It was a huge production! Firstly I made the plush, had them photographed expertly by On Jackson Street and turned into wallpaper stickers by Hitac labels. I illustrated all the frames and had them laser cut at Graphic Engraving. And then there were all the felt additions, that I handmade. It was a couple of months of working into the night with gentle BBC podcasts on repeat. I’m so happy and proud with how it all turned out, I’m particularly pleased with this kitten rendering of my literary hero, Mary Wollstonecraft:

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(All images by Tatanja Ross – On Jackson Street)

Isobel and I also saw the completion of our ambitious Factory or Fiction project with ArtPlay. We made a giant factory! A Bubble & Squeak Factory! Here are some little glimpses of the finished product:

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(All images by Tatanja Ross – On Jackson Street)

You can read all about our factory making adventure on the Soft Stories blog!

To complete this trifecta of exciting projects, I was recently given the honour of designing a sock for the excellent Odd Pears! I was so excited about this opportunity that I made a life-sized pair of felt loafers for a fun little shoot ^_^

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You can purchase a pair of Neko odd pears for yourself over here —> =^_^=

And in a last little tidbit of news, we’re heading to Japan for a couple of weeks! Because of this, my online shops will be closed until May the 16th – for a full list of real life and online stockists hop over here —> ^_^ 

またね !

ATW AIR 2015

22/02

It all seems like a beautiful bobbin-filled dream now, but I was lucky enough to spend a happy couple of months at Aus Tapestry Workshop in 2015.

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Here’s Eddy hiding out behind her warp ^_^

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I was able to experiment with a few embroidery styles that had been bumbling about in my head for a while…

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A handful of other artists also had this great opportunity, and tomorrow night we will be showing all together at the 2015 ATW AIR exhibition. Hooray! Details below (o˘◡˘o)

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ATW AIR 2015

An exhibition of works by Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2015

Rebekah Archer
Yufang Chi
Nicholas Chilvers
Phil Ferguson AKA Chiliphilly
Lisa Hilli & Eddy Carrol
Nina Magee
Megan McPherson
Gabrielle Leah New
Cat Rabbit

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 23 February  6 – 8pm
Exhibition runs: 23 February – 1 April
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday to Friday

Hope to see you there!

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05/02

Hi!

A fair few things have been happening since I last posted here, so here’s a little update with visual prompts:

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Porco Pins are now in my shop! You can have little Porco with you always, complete with his little green hat ^_^

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In more Porco related news, our little kitten friend has had some eye problems lately. We’ve had many a trip to the vet and the animal eye specialist and he is on oodles of medications. It’s been a bit stressful and pricey, so The Seven Seas and I made this tribute zine as a way to express our deep affection for him, and also raise some funds for his treatment. We also made a limited edition copy with a cute sideways Porco print and an enamel pin! Find it in my big cartel store here! Also, this is the first zine that The Seven Seas has released under his new riso publishing project, Stacks on! He’s got some neat projects lined up, so stay tuned (Φ ₒ Φ).

 

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In Soft Stories news, we have a huge new project coming up with ArtPlay! If you are between the age of 5-12, we need you to help us build a fantastic fictional factory! If you are intrigued, click through to the Soft Stories website for all the details – it’s going to be big!

Finally, I’m super happy to be involved in another great group show put together by Auguste Clown Gallery. Made in Melbourne opens on February 19th and I made this little egg kitten relaxing in a bowl of warm noodles for the occasion

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Thank you for reading! (=♡ ᆺ ♡=)

 

 

Small, Special

31/10

Hello there!

I am excited to announce a new little show I have put together opening at goodspace gallery this week:-1

Small, Special is a collection of new small works and also larger works comprised of small things! I have been working on some embroidered and felted wall hangings, soft sculpture and wearable objects –  I have really gone all out with the sequins, beads and lots of embroidery this time. Lately I have been very taken with the idea of giving sparkle to small, humble objects and items of personal significance. There are also many nods to my cat and muse Porco, like this portrait:

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It will be held in tandem with a ripper of a show by The Seven Seas. We’re driving up to Sydney and installing on Monday, you can view the shows on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and then come and join us for a drink and a look on Wednesday evening!

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In other exhibition news, I have a piece in Into the Wild – an international group show at Auguste Clown Gallery. The show opens Friday the 6th of November and will be on view until the 20th of November. Such an honour to be showing alongside so many great artists! Here’s a peek at my piece for the show:

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And in a final tidbit of news, The excellent Beck Jobson and Ramona Barry of Handmade Life have brought out a book with Thames & Hudson! The Craft Companion is a comprehensive compendium of all things felty, fluffy and fibrous. I am very excited to be featured in the felt chapter alongside some felty heroes of mine! You can preorder it from their website, it’s sure to be a great volume for all craft enthusiasts, I can’t wait to get my copy!

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That’s it for now! I will sign off by sharing this nice discovery, recommended to me by my friend Rebecca. Ambient sounds of the Hufflepuff common room! It has been a very comforting and productive soundtrack when I run out of things to listen to, and Porco really blisses out on it. Fellow Hufflepuffs enjoy!

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Return to Twinkle Plaza

29/08

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Return to Twinkle Plaza – and a return to my blog!

Over the last couple of months I have been creating a new set of felted characters for Outré Gallery, based on my recent travels to Japan. I used materials and supplies that I sourced in all of those amazing craft stores you find everywhere in Japan, including wool from bricoleurs in Sapporo and lovely traditional fabric from Nippori Fabric Town.

I took nice photos of them and they are available as A4 Giclee prints as well!

Let me introduce you:

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Ramen Loris Seeks Kewpie Salvation

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Panda from Cat Street

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Poodle Grooming: By Poodles, For Poodles

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Usagi Tsukino

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Obachan Turtle

All of the plush are one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated and are available on the Outré website, along with the A4 prints, which are in limited editions of 20.

Together with the plush, I made a few little things to go with them:

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A Return to Twinkle Plaza Riso print!

A little zine with excerpts from my Japan sketchbook, photos, plans and other bits and pieces:

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(it comes with a bonus sticker sheet!)

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And last, but not least, a tiny kitten kewpie enamel pin – so you can wear your favourite creamy condiment close to your heart <3

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So, there you have it! Thanks for looking! =^-^=

** Return to Twinkle Plaza is the name of the JR Tourist desk in Sapporo Station to which we did return, so the title is indeed factual.

 

Cats + Dogs

24/03

Hello!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have noticed that I have been making an awful lot of needle felted cats and dogs lately – it’s become my favourite pastime =^-^= U-x-U

I decided to pair up the latest bunch, and take some photos of them together going for walks and enjoying the company of one another. They will be going in my big cartel store, sold each as a set and packaged in a cute box, tomorrow morning (the 25th of March) at 9am AEST.

Allow me to introduce you:

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A floral kitten with her chow-chow pup!

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A well dressed cat chap with his Pomeranian chum =^-^=

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And lastly, a grumpy pink kitten with her purple poodle U-x-U

So keep an eye on my shop if you’re keen for a new little cat + dog pal :)

Also, just a little reminder that my new book with Isobel Knowles officially launches this Friday the 27th of March!

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We will be selling and signing books, some of the sets from Too Much for Turtle will be on display and there will be turtle-shaped treats for everyone! See the Soft Stories website for more info. See you there!

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