Here is My C. A. Cupid completed. I entered this in a cosplay contest so I added a bow, quiver, and arrows to challenge myself and to add more elements. I won “Best Novice”! I waited so long to post this because I wanted to to take better pictures but I don’t know when that will happen so I’m just posting what I have now because tomorrow is not promised. The Twyla and Skelita in the last picture won best “other” and of course I had to get a picture with my “former class mates”.
Detroit artist, Jessica Sheeran, began her craft show career with
crocheted and knitted goodies. Just for fun, she put a shark face on a
pillow and it sold the second someone spotted it. By the time the next
craft fair rolled around, Jessica had made sharks and monsters galore—
sales boomed and now the frighteningly adorable stuffed animals are her primary commodity.
She goes into her creation process with a blank slate. The design of
each critter is dictated by the fabric and eyes. This plan-free way of
making leaves room for a good bit of surprise for Jessica by the time
she’s finished the last stitches. No two are alike.
When I asked Jessica what misconceptions people have about her and
her work, she said, “Because some of the things I make are so weird
and wild, I’ve often been asked if I’m on drugs because apparently I
have to be ‘out of my mind’ in some way, shape, or form to come up with
some of the things I come up with. I try to take that as an unusual
compliment that has been worded a little wonky because I’m completely
drug free (I don’t even drink!) but it’s kind of a bummer to hear
someone assume that your creativity comes from a chemical.”
In my mind, the flow of her creativity comes from an unbridled
imagination. Much of her inspiration came from that crucial time in
childhood when anything was possible if you could simply dream it. The
world would be a more colorful, fantastic place if people like Jessica
and her Cool Critters abounded. To think like a child is quite possibly one of the most valuable gifts of all.
Stay tuned, later on this week Jess is going to give us a tutorial on how to make one of these monsters on your own.
I don’t know what to name my business. Ahhh! I sew things for babies and I crochet things too. All I can come up with is Baby Things and Baby Stuff. I’m dumb lol so if you can think of anything better plz let me know. thanks!