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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: Creature Couture Hits The North!

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Our dazzling 400-page art book celebrating the work of Louise Evans and Jonathan Edwards has been making some waves since its Foyles debut, but Louise and Jonathan live 200 miles from London and they really wanted to celebrate their book a little closer to home.

So for all of you fans who are proud to live the other end of the country, later this month there will be a launch party for you! We have teamed up with the new, beautifully arranged and curated art & design shop Colours May Vary, in Leeds, to bring you a special Northern Felt Mistress Book Event!
You are invited to meet Felt Mistress on Saturday, 23 February from 2.30pm to 6pm at an in-store event to celebrate the release of  ‘Felt Mistress: Creature Couture’. This will take place at Leeds’ newest and greatest art and design store Colours May Vary, at Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, LS98AG.
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We hope you can join us between 2.30 and 6pm, to meet the team behind this amazing book. Felt Mistress herself, her partner, illustrator and toy designer Jonathan Edwards and the book’s editor and designer Woodrow Phoenix will be hosting an afternoon of creature-based creative celebration, which may include some live chat about the making of the book.
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Various creatures featured in FM:CC, including those shaggy rockers The Furry Mayhem, Demetri the yeti and Goth heartthrob Edwin will be displayed around the shop in their felt majesty. Anyone buying a copy of the book on the day will get a wonderful and unique ‘creaturized’ portrait of themselves drawn by Jonathan. Also available will be limited edition prints by Jonathan Edwards and BSB’s gold vinyl toy of the strangely perky Tippy Winkles!
Early birds also get to sample tasty drinks and jelly beans courtesy of Jelly Belly Sodas. Sound good? See you there!
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Once again: Colours May Vary is on the ground floor of Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, LS98AG – close to the Corn Exchange and the bus station. See a map here. http://www.munro-house.co.uk/getting-here/

Felt Mistress at Foyles: Mission Accomplished!

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Chances are that by now you’ll have seen some of the images from the Felt Mistress: Creature Couture launch on your social network of choice (OK, maybe not Friendster), but we had so much fun we’re going to post some here, too. A huge thanks goes out to every single person who came to party and watch the conversation between Louise Evans, Jonathan Edwards and editor/book designer Woodrow Phoenix. Yet more gratitude goes to literary legends (and huge comics and graphic novels supporters) Foyles for hosting.

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And, of course, how could we forgot the wonderful people of Jelly Belly UK and the equally lovely team at Tunnock’s for sponsoring the launch with their wonderful goodies:

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Jelly Belly Gourmet Soda! The French Vanilla was our fave.

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It took about 10 minutes for the Tunnock’s Teacakes to be decimated. This platter was initially twice the height!

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Wish you could have been there? That gallant chap, Woodrow Phoenix, captured the exhibition part of the show via iPhone before the crowds poured in (with Lightt, you can click, hold and scrub forwards/back along the timeline at your own speed). Don’t forget that if you want to lean a few secrets of Felt Mistress’ craft, Foyles are also hosting a workshop with Louise this very weekend.

Can’t get to a Foyles and want the book? Grab one in our webstore! We’ve also got a limited edition pack with a golden Tippy (Felt Mistress’ signature creature) designer toy and all purchases before 31st December get entered into a prize draw to win the book’s cover star, Elspeth!

PS) As always, Sarah McIntyre was on the scene to deliver one of her always-amazing reports on events. Check it out!

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!

Exclusive Gold Tippy Revealed (now with added scarf!)

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Here’s a shot of our Blank Slate special edition Golden Tippy, the way he is going to be going out into the world, with his scarf in place. Pretty sharp looking, don’t you think? Our friends at Crazylabel have got him fully dressed now, and very soon he’ll be ready to make the trip from our warehouse to your house!

There will only ever be 250 of these vinyl visions made. Once they’re all gone, that’s it. So to be part of a highly select club order a Golden Tippy of your very own right here along with your copy of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. Orders will be dispatched to you after December 1.

Feast your eyes on a PDF preview of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture

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We’ve been telling you about our forthcoming monster 400-page tome, you’re itching to see what’s inside that beautiful cover and we’d love to show it to you. Now you can download a massive 56-page PDF that gives you an exclusive advance overview of the wonder that is Felt Mistress: Creature Couture. That’s bigger than the total page-count of some books! But it’s only a fraction of what’s inside our extensive trip through the amazing work of Felt Mistress. We’ve selected chunks from every part of the book to give you a taste of the many and varied styles and collaborations to be found within its dazzling pages.

The PDF preview of Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is a 7mb file, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader, or with your Preview app on any Mac, or in your browser. Click here to download it!

When you’ve read it, you can check out the pre-order options here: FM:CC the book  or  FM:CC book + limited edition Golden Tippy Crazylabel vinyl toy set. What vinyl toy is that, you ask? Read more about our very fancy Golden Tippy here.

Felt Mistress: Creature Couture is released December 1st, 2012. Whichever option you choose, remember to order from Blank Slate before December 31st to be eligible to win an original, much coveted Felt Mistress creature! See HERE for details.

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.

Felt Mistress Art Book Coming this Winter!

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Introducing… Felt Mistress: Creature Couture!

The rumours are true! Not only are we excited to be able to announce our very first art book, but also to say that it’s with the amazing Felt Mistress (aka Louise Evans) and her long-time collaborator Jonathan Edwards. Coming this Winter, readers will get the chance to own well over 500 of her best (and often sharply dressed) creations in a 400-page hardcover book loaded with over 1,500 photographs, character information, original art and more. If you’re an ultra-obsessed felt fan like us, you’ll also be delighted to read interviews with celebrated collaborators such as Jon Burgerman, Pete Fowler, Jon Knox, Nobrow’s Alex Spiro and Sam Arthur and more.

We can’t wait until November 17th, where we will be advance debuting the book at Thought Bubble ahead of a big old launch party in London.

For those who can’t wait, we have some great pre-order offers for you.

Offer 1: until August 1st, early birds can pre-order the book itself for  £26.99 (down from £29.99).

Offer 2: teaming up with vinyl toy company extraordinaire Crazylabel, we’ve also produced a limited Blank Slate-exclusive edition toy of Felt Mistress’ signature creature, Tippy*. Limited to just 250, all pre-orderers of the special Golden Tippy edition will get the book + a gold colourway of Tippy with box art designed by editor Woodrow Phoenix (of Nelson fame).

But that’s not all. Pre-orderers of either option all have the chance to win the Felt Ticket, which will be inserted randomly by the creatures inside one copy of the book. What does the winner of the Felt Ticket get, I hear you ask? Why, they get to take home a creature of their very own, and none other than Elspeth, Creature Couture’s cover star.

Exciting huh? Head over to our official Felt: Mistress Creature Couture for more info. We should extend a huge thank you to the kindly Mr Paddy Steer for allowing us to use his music in the trailer! You can find his music online at www.myspace.com/paddysteer or you can do the right thing and buy it over on iTunes.

* Crazy label are still working away at producing Tippy as of writing, but here’s an exclusive sneak-peek at the prototype model. More pictures coming soon!

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