I want to create a monster!

When I went to the Spiral Independent Creators Festival earlier this month I found a very unusual piece by a young artist named Ishimura Manami. I love fiber pieces, metal pieces and any combination thereof but this piece was none of that.

She did an amazing piece using a glue gun and a tree that created what to me looked like an egg or a chrysalis that could give birth to a colorful monster bursting forth! I love pieces that send my imagination running.

IMG_0013 Ishimura-San’s piece stands about 5 feet high (153cm) and is about 3 feet (almost a meter) across!

IMG_0014  When we asked what it was created from she said it was done using a glue gun and my first thought was, “Who needs a 3D Doodler now?” Clearly she has mad glue gun skills!

IMG_0015  I’ve enjoyed her piece so much that I want to collaborate with her and create a fiber-y, slobbering, fire-breathing monster climbing out of its cocoon. I wonder what she has done with the piece? Did she sell it? Would she let me make my monster?

The SketchVid app give me the opportunity to play with my idea of my monster emerging from her piece, just hit play to see him emerge: 

Additional photos of her piece and other amazing pieces at the Spiral Independent Creators Festival can be seen at UniversoTokyo.

Patterie by Rie Suzuki

I finally got to meet Rie Suzuki earlier this month at Spiral’s Independent Creators Festival. Her gorgeous embroidery work has impressed me from the first time I saw it.

Using sheer fabrics in multiple layers, satins, ribbons, beads and smoothly wrapping the hoops all leads to a lovely floating world for her feminine characters to swim, float and dance. Anything that brings stitch work into the 3D world such as Rie’s Stitch Drawings really inspire me.

IMG_0001 Detail from Swim/Float.

IMG_0003 Her meticulous attention to detail has led her to dye the fabric she used for this piece to ensure the best color for her work.

IMG_0004 Visit Rie’s Blog, or her website to see more of her inspiring work, including her unique stitch jewelry pieces. Don’t be shy, go say, ‘Hi!’ She is a lovely person who does speak English!