Edited by Woodrow Phoenix | 400 pp | Colour | Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-906653-32-3 | £24.99
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If you collect designer vinyl or hand-made plush toys, if the whole ‘reduced figuration’ thing championed by german scenesters Pictoplasma appeals to you, if you’re interested in fashion, or if you’re just into contemporary character design and urban art generally, chances are you will have seen or heard something about the creations of the legendary Felt Mistress.
Shop window displays for Oxford Street’s prestigious department store Selfridges and edgy Shoreditch fashion house Start London, for instance. Featuring original characters such as Demetri the pipe-smoking Yeti, four-horned catwalk supermodel Elspeth Frond, one-eyed modettes, the maybe very slightly demented adventurer Tippy Winkles, and a literal legion of felt beasts called Kaiju. Or reimaginings of such fan favourites as Marceline from Adventure Time, Floyd from the Muppet Show, even felt homages to The Beatles that have collectors snapping them up faster than you can say ‘limited edition’. Or collaborations with some of the most interesting urban artists working today such as Pete Fowler and Jon Burgerman. There seems to be nothing and no-one that cannot be charmed and transformed by the stitching powers of the Felt Mistress.
Who is she? Where does she come from? How does she make those incredible figures? For the first time, the answers to these questions can be found in a mighty 400-page art book that details how Louise Evans has spent years, working collaboratively with her partner, illustrator and toy designer Jonathan Edwards, slowly becoming the unique creative force they are today.
Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is packed with over 1,650 photographs, previously unseen drawings of Jonathan Edwards’ original design ideas, details of every Felt Mistress collaboration with other artists and more. Featuring in-depth interviews with Jon Burgerman, Pete Fowler, Ben Newman, John Knox, Nobrow and others. Two extensive conversations with Louise and Jonathan about their work together are topped off with a comprehensive listing of every creature, every guest appearance and every show.
Edited and designed by Woodrow Phoenix, author of the seminal art toy book Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World. Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is a 400-page, image-packed immersion in the world of one of the most original creative minds working today. Dive in!
You can download a massive 56-page PDF preview of this book: go here to get it!