Who are you and what do you do?
I’m just a redhead who grew up in the midwest, grateful for Molly Ringwald and Jim Henson as my role models. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a painting degree and then, with luck and a little help from my animator sister, ended up getting to make puppets for stop-motion animation. My first job, working for Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, led to work in LA on the shows Robot Chicken and Morel Orel for the Cartoon Network. Next think I knew, I was driving a moving truck up to Portland, OR to work on the film Coralline. I also did a little work on ParaNorman, but finally landed at Laika/house, the commercial arm of the studio, as a character fabricator.
Along the way, I’ve continued to make my own little world of characters through painting, sculpting and sewing. You can see a selection of my work in my Etsy store:
A few years ago, I had the honor of being in two Twin Peaks anniversary shows with David Lynch.
I recently discovered the world of craft show like UCU and feel I’ve finally found my people. I’m an introvert by nature but truly enjoy meeting people who respond to my work. I will always be humbled by and grateful for their kind words.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Embroidering characters from my paintings. I discovered that I could print my characters onto fabric and then embellish them with thread. Fabric and costuming are my specialties at my day job, so I was looking for a way to utilize textiles more in my personal work. It’s a way to reinvent my paintings through my favorite medium and also an excuse to buy more fabric!
How did you get started in your business?
I know it’s cliche, but I’ve always been making things. Growing up, I thought I’d be an artist or a veterinarian. Much as I love animals, I had more natural ability with the former. So now I paint and fabricate animals of my own design. The fact that anyone ever wants to pay me to do it never ceases to amaze me.
Are you debuting anything new at the winter show?
Yes! The aforementioned embroidered pieces. And some new doll designs.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Should a mother pick a favorite child?…Hmmm… well… maybe my owls. But don’t tell my other dolls. My favorite painting is one that I’ll be giving away a signed print of. It’s called “No One Knows Where We Are”. In it, a bunny-like creature and a bear-like creature find themselves adrift in a small boat out at sea.I’m not sure if they want to be found or not, but there’s a sailboat approaching from the distance.