Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Urban Bud

Yay- I'm almost finished with Urban Bud, for the Blow Up LA! Aerosol Warfare show at Crewest.

All I have to do is varnish him when I get home... Guess what? His monster necklace glows in the dark!

He gets dropped off tomorrow at AW to make the trip to Los Angeles with the rest of the customs and art. Bon voyage buddy! :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine's Day Sneak Peek

It's finally Friday-yay!

Just thought I'd give you a sneak peek of some of the Valentine's Day goodies I'll have at the February 4th First Saturday Arts Market...

Polymer Clay Valentine's Monster Necklaces

Custom Vinyl Sugar Skull Cupids

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Works in Progress...

Happy weekend everyone!

Thought you might be curious as to what I've been working on...

In this first photo, you'll see Pocket Mummy Boy from Super 7, Mummy Boy's coffin, and an Oomoo, from Chris Davies, of floatingwoo.

The custom Pocket Mummy Boy is for the Mummy Mania! Customs from the Crypt Show at Super 7 later this month. This custom contest/show is a bit different, in that they are requesting our figures to be painted, not sculpted, because the winners' pieces will end up being actual production toys. I often like to do some sculpting on my custom pieces, but this time, I decided to add a custom coffin, since sculpting will be out. I may decide to give my Mummy Boy a GID skull necklace- we'll see...

The Oomoo, is a sculpture created by Chris Davies, comprised of a gypsum casting formulation with acrylic fortifiers. Chris and I are both members of the Etsy Ugly Cute Team, and he was truly awesome to offer up some Oomoos for our team members to work on. You can read more about our collaboration here: http://floatingwoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/collaborative-art-project.html. The texture of the Oomoo was amazing to paint on, and I really like the idea of using something that is environmentally-friendly as well. I would love to work on more of Chris' pieces in the future.

The next photo shows a blank Bud from Jamungo that I am working on for the Aerosol Warfare/Crewest Blow Up LA Show, in February. I just picked my Bud up the other day, and will get started on it asap. I'm thinking something along the lines of my Graffiti Domo, but with a different twist... This show will be going on tour to Los Angeles, back to Texas, then Chicago and New York, which is very exciting and amazing exposure for all of us! Since the customs will be shipped around to various places, I'm taking that into consideration concerning the sculpting as well.

You'll also see some small wooden boxes, that will soon be varnished and have monsters perched on top of them. I started making these "Monster Boxes" a few months ago- the boxes can be given as a gift by themselves, or, they can also be used as a "gift box" to give presents in as well. They come in all sizes and colors, so naturally, I'm trying to finish a bunch in time for the February 4th First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights, just in time for Valentine's Day...

You can see some of my finished Monster Boxes here, from WHAM 2011: http://culturedcrittercollective.blogspot.com/2011/12/2011-art-wrap-up.html

The last photo below shows the last two Monster Boxes I'm working on and another view of Mummy Boy's coffin:

I'll post some more photos in the next few days!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Scheduling and Shopping

Guess what? A few of the monsters are at the Grand Canyon this week with one of our friends for a photoshoot! We'll post plenty of photos upon their return, but I thought you might want to see them before they left:

Here is a sneak peek of the critters' 2012 schedule, so you can start planning when/where to stop by and visit us this year:

Cultured Critter Collective 2012 Schedule

28 January-6 February 2012
Mummy Mania! Customs from the Crypt
Super 7: San Francisco, CA

4 February 2012
First Saturday Arts Market
548 West 19th Street: Houston, TX

4-26 February 2012
Blow Up LA!
Aerosol Warfare/Crewest: Los Angeles, CA

7 April 2012
First Saturday Arts Market
548 West 19th Street: Houston, TX

5 May 2012
First Saturday Arts Market
548 West 19th Street: Houston, TX

25-27 May 2012
George R. Brown Convention Center: Houston, TX

September 2012 (dates:tba)
Valerie G Solo Show
Glitter Karaoke: Houston, TX

Btw...we know you all like to shop, and we'd love it if you'd check out these awesome toy stores, galleries and local businesses, who are currently hosting a variety of the critters as well as lots of cool goodies from other artists:

Tenacious Toys

Bean Pot Toiz

The Fridge

Sculptures By Design

Homespun Houston

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone- the critters and I hope that you've had a great start to 2012 so far!

You might be wondering what we'll be up to this year- here are a few hints:

2012 has been very exciting so far and we can't wait to share it with you!