Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plush You! Interview with Tanyalee

Plush You! is an annual exhibit in October that showcases plush creations from artists all over the globe - there are 5 venues throughout Seattle participating in this years event. We are excited to be one of those venues!!

So to get everyone familiar we are posting interviews and doing special giveaways with participating Bluebottle Plush You! artists.

What is your name and where are you located?
My name is Tanyalee and I am located in the ever exciting city of Whittier in CA. Whittier is about 20 mins outside of LA and full of super cute old houses and old people.

12" long from the tip of her ears, 9" wide and 4" thick.
her wings are 2 1/2" long and 1 1/2" thick
cotton, corduroy and Poly fil with black safety eyes

What are your favorite materials and why?
I looooove any kind of weird fabric print and mixing a bunch of different types of fabric. I am the nerd that gets excited about the remnant table. I love digging through it to see what kind of hidden treasure you can find. Even if I find a tiny piece I like to add it into on one my little creations and see how it brings it all together. I am also currently obsessed with wool felt and making little hair things and pins...I am currently trying to make a different pin for every day...I am at 150 right now. My friends keep texting and messageing me ideas :)

How long does it usually take for you to complete a piece?
It depends...sometimes I draw out a little friend and take forever to find the right fabric...I always have an idea of what kind of fabric I want for it and it can take a long time to find it. Once I have everything ready it can take an hour or two to make a piece. It feel like 10mins because time flies while I work.

Acorn Hairclips
These clips are made from wool felt and metal hairclips they measure around 2 1/2 inches square, they have hand sewn lines around the top of the acorn.

What are you excited about lately?
Lately I have been really excited about making my very own set of alphabet flash cards!!! My husband is British and he was telling me all about the weird names they had for cartoon characters. It got me thinking of making cards with strange alphabet names. I just started this and since I want to paint each little critter I know it is going to take a bit of time.

Which super power would you prefer to have and why: the ability to fly or to be invisible?
I would love to be invisible!!! Then I could pretend the mess I made in my studio never happened...therefore no cleaning up!!! yay!!

What's your dream project?
I would love to fill a store window or room with a ton of sea creature plush and woodland plush...I would love to set up a scene and have everything in it be made out of plush...I think that would be the coolest project!!! anyone have a store with an extra window? he he he (we DO! so Tanyalee will be showcasing her work in October in our fromt window as well as in the show!!)

What did you do last Saturday afternoon?
I caught up on a few plush ideas and played with my daughter and husband...Saturdays are great for staying in my PJ's all day long :)

11" long, 7 1/2" wide and 3 1/2" thick. Her legs are 3" long and 1 1/2" thick.
cotton, Poly fil with black safety eyes



More info about the event on our: site

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