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Felt Mistress goes into Hiber-Nation

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Our Creature Couture stars, Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards, never stop working. Currently showing at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff between now and 5 January is an all-new exhibition of Felt Mistress magic, called Hiber-Nation.

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On two floors of the Wales Millennium Centre is an installation of new 3D felt, tweed and woollen creature pieces by Felt Mistress, plus the original drawings from which they were derived, in watercolour and pen & ink, by Jonathan Edwards. You can walk in and freely wander around the various creatures and pictures, sit in the foyer and gaze up at the magnificent queen, and then have a latte while you prepare for a face to face meeting with Felt Mistresses’ biggest creation yet, who awaits you next to one of the ground floor entrances – just follow the footprints…

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When you’ve finished cramming your eyes full of the intricate painting of Mr Edwards, it will be time for your other senses to take a turn and get interactive with a hug from a nine foot tall yeti. Who could resist? Just look at how happiness is filling that super talented artist Simon Gane!

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It’s Louise and Jonathan’s first show in their native Wales and it’s been a big hit. BBC Wales loved what they saw and the show also drew raves from Inkygoodness.

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It’s the perfect antidote to those winter blues. Dark days getting you down? We recommend a daytrip to smother your end-of-year ennui beneath the furry arms of a giant yeti. The welsh for “hug” is “cwtsh”. Editor Bridget Hannigan is making the most of her yeti cwtsh moment. Don’t you wish you could? You should!

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Hiber-Nation ends on 5 January. Show details here.

Felt Mistress at Colours May Vary

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We forgot to tell you that we had a great time at the Northern FM:CC launch, courtesy of fab shop Colours May Vary.

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You can see dynamite editor Bridget Hannigan checking out the stock there while the queue for Jonathan’s drawings extends behind her.

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Lots of BSB friends came out to meet and greet Team FM, including comics luminaries Kristyna Baczyinski, Ian Carney and, above, John Allison and Darryl Cunningham deep in conversation.

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Here’s Jonathan sketching. Note the Jelly Belly sodas and the bowl of Jelly Belly jellybeans on the desk, which Woodrow did his best to push on every single person who came within range of his sugary grasp! We’d like to apologise to all the parents whose hyped-up children ran them ragged after the event but it would have been selfish not to share!

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Andy and Becky of CMV queued up to get their personalised copy too. And here’s Becky realising that she’s going to have to say goodbye to Tippy and Demetri at the end of the day. They had to go home with L and J. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and buy books and drink sodas!

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Thanks once again to Jelly Belly UK for being such great supporters of Felt-based Couturiers and their friends.

FELT MISTRESS AT FOYLES

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Felt Mistress fans! We’ve just been told that there are still a few more spots available at the official launch of FELT MISTRESS: CREATURE COUTURE  at Foyles Charing Cross on Tuesday night!

Near London? Come meet the team behind the book, Louise Evans, Jonathan Edwards and editor Woodrow Phoenix are hosting a night of creature-based fun to celebrate the realise of this 400-page monster artbook. Anyone buying a copy of the book on the night will be able to get a great creature caricature of themselves by Jonathan Edwards. Woodrow will also be chatting to Louise and Jonathan as well as hosting a Q&A with the duo.

Come meet some of the creatures face to face and partake in some glorious refreshments. By order of Felt Mistress’ motley crew of creatures, the good people at Jelly Belly UK are providing their brilliant Gourmet Jelly Belly Soda for the event and Tunnocks will be dropping off a truckload of G’goob’s favourite treats!
All you have to do is reserve a spot on the Foyles website by clicking here! See you there? 

Also, Louise  will be running two workshops at Foyles throughout December. Want to know more? Visit the even page here!

Felt Mistress Creature Couture: Golden Tippy!

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It’s here! The very limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy!

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As if a fantastic 400-page Felt Mistress book isn’t quite enough for us, Blank Slate has teamed up with the designer vinyl company Crazylabel to bring you yet more amazing and delicious treats! Crazylabel’s previous collaboration with Jonathan Edwards yielded the smash hit Inspector Cumulus figure, and now Crazylabel is producing a vinyl version of the Felt Mistress’ sidekick, Tippy Winkles, for release later this year. As soon as we heard about this, we had an idea: an exclusive Blank Slate variant edition of vinyl Tippy to accompany the release of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. Woodrow, Jonathan and Louise put their heads together and came up with this: a special Gold Tippy!

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This variant, golden Tippy is 10cm tall with articulated head and arms, and wearing a black scarf (the scarf isn’t pictured here, but we promise he will be wearing one). He is packaged in a variant box designed by Woodrow Phoenix. He is limited to 250 pieces and is only available through Blank Slate when you buy Felt Mistress: Creature Couture.

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Pre-order today: book + limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy set. Released December 1st, 2012. Order the book + toy set from Blank Slate before December 31st and be eligible to win an original, much coveted Felt Mistress creature! See HERE* for details.

Find The Felt Ticket

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Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is almost here. A 400-page, image-packed immersion in the world of one of the most original creative minds working today, featuring over 1,650 photographs, previously unseen drawings of Jonathan Edwards’ original design ideas, details of every Felt Mistress collaboration with other artists and more. With 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. It’s huge!

This is a very special book for us here at Blank Slate and we know it’s going to be equally special for a lot of fans who have been waiting for something like this for a very long time. So here’s a very special offer just for YOU! Order Felt Mistress: Creature Couture here direct from Blank Slate (or here for the limited Golden Tippy edition) and you will be eligible to win a once-in-a-lifetime reward: Elspeth Frond, the four-horned diva featured on the cover of FM:CC! An original Felt Mistress creation of your very own! How is this possible, you ask? Tucked inside one copy of FM:CC will be a unique prize – the FELT TICKET. It looks like this:

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there is only one of these, made by Felt Mistress herself just for this competition. So, if you are lucky enough to find it inside your book those felt words say it all – YOU WIN! Wherever you are in the world, Elspeth Frond will be coming to live with YOU! So get that guest bedroom ready and order your copy now! Details of how to claim your incredible prize will be included with the felt ticket. The winner will be announced on this website.

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