Chicago - Renegade Craft Fair

Gubicza and I just got back from Chicago, a short 16-hour drive away. It's nice to take some time out and do a weekend show in another city. Since we had friends coming in from all over to do the show, we were able to relax, hang out, be tourists and eat some great food together.

Saturday started out with rain (we were booth 171):

Here's part of our setup:

The ornament display I built last week:

Friday night in Millenium Park:

Deep Dish Pizza:

And us at "the bean" (Cloud Gate):

Thanks, Chicago, for another great year. Even with the rainy start to the event, we ended up having an even better show than last year! We met some wonderful new people, saw familiar faces and had a great time.

Posted 9.15.2010 12:31 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: renegade, chicago, zooguu, craft fair, trip, show
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Theme #2 - Fire

Gubicza and I are trying to introduce a theme project every week to help us be more creative and break away from our regular production schedule. Every Friday, the new theme is announced (Gubicza chose "spiders" as the first theme) and we have until the next Friday to create a piece based on that theme.

This week's theme is Fire. Gubicza did a piece for his new series of prints. The first three of this series will debut this Sunday at the SOWA market. I chose to create a plush dragon. A large one. This dragon is 13" tall and 28" long. I used fabrics that I've had for a long time, but don't normally use for my plush. The corduroy remnant adds a nice texture to the underside. Enjoy!

Posted 8.13.2010 1:36 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: theme, dragon, fire, plush, zooguu
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Space Station Conference Room for Etsy

Here's the final room in our series for's corporate offices: The Space Station Conference Room!

This particular room has large windows on every wall that look into other rooms and into the main entryway. To complete the outer space look, and to create a "handmade" space station, I commissioned "space quilts" from other artists to hang in the windows: Katherine Rasmussen of Reiter8, Desira Pesta, Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa, Briana Taylor of BTaylor Quilts, Chanel Kennebrew of Junkprints, and Kristy Reichert of Beacon Bookmarks. I also had help from Jon Reichert of Box Designs with building custom archways and installing ceiling panels. Katherine Rasmussen not only created one of the quilts, but also upholstered all of the padded, grey panels for the ceiling and archways. RHLS even helped with painting the walls and ceiling.

Now, on to the show:

An overview of the room showing an archway, the wall treatments, the table and rug.

One of the doorways to the room. Quilts by Katherine Rasmussen & Kristy Reichert.

The front of the room has a projector screen that is framed in like a sci-fi view screen. Fake electrical panels along the wall add humor and color. This one monitors moustaches. Others track resellers, alert that a forum flame war is taking place, monitor treasury activity and track cephalopod production. :)

The other doorway. Quilts by Briana Taylor and Desira Pesta.

White panels on white walls add a nice texture and space-y feel to the walls. Two more electrical panels.

The back of the room has another white board that is framed in like a view screen.

Two wearable jet packs are hung on the walls by doorway 01 along with two electrical panels. Quilt by Alissa Haight Carlton.

The ceiling and the undersides of the archways feature rows of upholstered panels.

A large, orange E for Etsy is showcased in the center of the rug.

Posted 8.08.2010 9:43 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: etsy, interior, commission, space, station, conference room, design, construction, humor, office space, zooguu
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Finished Jet Packs

Yay - packs 01 & 02 are finished and ready to hang in the space room!

My former studio mate and I have already field tested them by zooming around the studio. :)

Posted 8.05.2010 3:15 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: jet pack, space, room, decor, sewing
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Jet Packs

Makin' jet packs today. Almost finished with the space room - will share more photos next week.

Posted 8.05.2010 11:57 am by ( permalink )
Tags: jet pack, space, room, decor, sewing
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Venusta Orchard Spider Plush

We've been in production mode for the last few days, building up our stock for future fairs, new stores and yes, the holiday season. In the spirit of keeping creative, I decided to take some time to create something new and different. We've been spotting lots of interesting looking spiders around our new home, and I decided to make a (much larger) plush version of one of the prettiest we've seen. It's a Venusta Orchard Spider, and it's got amazing green and yellow coloring with brilliant orange markings. It's completey harmless, and we're glad it's around to eat insects. For a sense of scale, the front legs are 14" long, and he seems pretty comfortable hanging out in a tree. Enjoy!

Posted 7.30.2010 7:09 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: venusta, orchard, spider, plush, green, new, project, zooguu
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Octopus Clock @ The Fool's Mansion

On display at The Fool's Mansion in Salem, MA is a new piece I created for their themed "From the Depths" art show. It is a plush octopus that is clutching an antique clock face. I outfitted the clock face with a new, working mechanism. After creating the giant, plush cuckoo clock for Etsy I have wanted to play with more functional pieces. The whole thing is about 18"x18", so a pretty good size. Gubicza has also provided an original wood cut for the show of a sea captain. The gallery opening party is tonight from 8-10pm.

Posted 6.19.2010 2:07 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: octopus, clock, plush, function, gallery, fools mansion, salem, art, show, sea, ocean
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Giant Plush Office @ Etsy

It's finished!! The 9 week long project that Brian and I have been working on is coming to a close. We've been planning, cutting, designing, painting, sourcing materials, hammering and learning new skills. When Etsy asked us to spruce up some small rooms in their corporate office space, we jumped at the chance. The rooms are tiny (5' x 7') and are used by staff to make private phone calls. When we arrived, they were bare and uninviting. Now, they each feel like a unique universe.

Brian chose to design an amazing Evil Villain's Lair (see below). Since the space was already small, I wanted to play with scale even more. What if everything in the office was larger than life? My specialty is plush, so I set to work on making giant plush office supplies. Here are some more detailed shots:

Vintage Royal Typewriter

Red Swingline Stapler & Vintage Black Telephone

Red Swingline Stapler

Vintage Black Telephone

Etsy Coffee Mug

Plush Cuckoo Clock

Cork Board & Thumbtacks

Posted 4.08.2010 11:51 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: giant, office, pushpins, typewriter, phone, mug, stapler, interior, design, fabrication, props, goobeetsa, plush, zooguu, installation
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Villain's Lair @ Etsy

The first of three rooms that Brian and I are completing for Etsy is complete! Enjoy the Villain's Lair!

More photos and full description over at Brian's blog:

Posted 4.08.2010 11:33 pm by ( permalink )
Tags: Etsy, commission, villain, lair, installation, art, craft, stage, production, design, interior
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Giant Plush Stapler

The classic Swingline Red Stapler... in giant plush form. No office would be complete without it.

Posted 3.19.2010 10:59 am by ( permalink )
Tags: stapler, red, giant, plush, zooguu
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Status Updates
So, we made it onto Dooce's
gift guide... I'm a little
bit in shock watching the
elephant orders come in.
Posted 12.15.2009 10:06 am

Going to the Pig Roast at Fort
Defiance in Red Hook tonight.
Starts at 5pm and lasts 'til
the pig runs out!
Posted 11.25.2009 3:15 pm

I just finished making a small,
green octopus for a customer. Is
it bad that I want to keep him?
Posted 11.18.2009 3:14 pm

@craftybastards in DC is
tomorrow! Followed by Atlantic
Antic in Brooklyn the next day.
I think I'll sleep in on
Monday. :)
Posted 10.02.2009 8:54 am

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