Creatures of Commerce

I rarely indulge my surrealist impulses—it somehow feels like a gateway to nihilist visions of the future, which, let’s face it, reality’s doing a pretty good job of inspiring these days anyway. So here we go: soft sculpture chimeras that mash up creatures, culture, and commerce. At least they’re plush.

Dracaena Introverta
Hardwood dowel, foam, armature wire, felt, cotton cloth, fabric marker, embroidery floss, FrayCheck
Approximately 15 x 10 x 10 in
2018

Vacanti Mouse ((((( In Stereo )))))
Fiberfill, armature wire, faux fur, felt, cotton cloth, ribbon
13 x 3.5 x 2 in each
2018

Save the Unicorns!
Foam, batting, fiberfill, hardwood dowel, felt, cotton cloth, elastane, embroidery floss, webbing, rope, metal belt parts
Approximately 60 x 42 x 43 in
2018

Sparkling Soakers
Foam, hardwood dowels, felt, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
19 x 9 x 2.5 in; 9.5 x 7 x 2.5 in
2018

UberLift
Foam, fiberfill, armature wire, hardwood dowels, cotton cloth, felt, foam sheets, gouache, fabric paint, ribbon, metal jewelry parts
Approximately 48 x 48 x 24 in
2018


Handba
Foam, plastic pellets, fiberfill, hardwood dowels, cotton cloth, ribbon, embroidery floss
13.5 x 13.5 x 36 in
2018


Pavlovian
Fiberfill, plastic pellets, basswood, brass rod, armature wire, cotton cloth, felt, vinyl, plexiglass mirror, ribbon
Approximately 10 x 10 x 10 in
2018


Common Lobster
Fiberfill, armature wire, cotton cloth, felt, shoelace, embroidery floss
22 x 13 x 5 in
2018


iHear
Foam, yarn, wool felt, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
Approximately 12 x 6 x 3 in
2018

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Slow Food
Fiberfill, yarn, cotton cloth, embroidery floss
11 x 5 x 3.5 in
2018

I once found a recipe for croissant-doughnuts with a prep time of 350 minutes and a cook time of 10. This struck me as both absurd and oddly satisfying, so I saved it for a rainy day. Not long after, Dominique Ansel published his at-home recipe for the original Cronut®: a three-day affair! This somehow felt like a poetic response (read: playful FU) to those seeking a more immediate, Amazon Prime-era alternative to queuing outside his bakery at the crack of dawn or placing a pre-order two weeks in advance. We have zero tolerance for slowing iPhones but somehow still possess an enduring patience for the promise of life-changing laminated pastry.