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Available now in the Circus Posterus store with super easy checkout is Carisa Swenson’s original creation “Max“.

Max in his striped shirt and overalls is just going about his day pulling along some of his favorite toys. This mixed media 7″ x 12” creation features Carisa’s brilliant sculpting and fabricating talents, and as always, her work has such wonderful characters filled with rich definition and life. (The pull cart with toys really sets the personality of little Max – and of course, it goes with him everywhere he goes.).

Available now in the Circus Posterus store here!

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This week, we showcased many works in progress from the talented artists gracing our June exhibitions “Vagaries” and “Transfigure“. We get a small look into what Carisa Swenson, Kelly Denato, Michelle Lynch, and Katie Carillo have in the works.

To catch up, flip through the gallery.

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We covered a lot of the development and works in progress from all the artists in the upcoming Vagaries group show at Stranger Factory. To put it simple, Carisa Swenson, Michele Lynch, Kelly Denato, and Allison Sommers are on fire.

Now for the proof:

Carisa has been sculpting like mad the past few months for the show, and we get to see some nice hands and jackalopes in progress.
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Michele Lynch has also been putting her sculpting tools to their utmost potential. Look at the flowers and bird details.

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Kelly Denato gave us a little taste of her paintings underway.
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We will have plenty more developments next week from all the artists, and some new exciting work from Katie Carillo.
Keep watching!

“Vagaries”  opens June 6th and run through July 6th, with an opening reception on Friday, June 6th from 6 – 9 PM.
Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

 

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We are still jumping off of the walls with the announcement of Conjuring Mischief coming to Stranger Factory this May. This custom Skelve show has top notch talent doing their masterful work on our iconic mascot!

This week we got to see what Carson Catlin, Cassia Harries, and Carisa Swenson have in store for our beloved Skelve, and we learned a little bit about newcomer Cassia.

1970979_10151992841641516_2092123900858622304_nCassia Harries developing her skelve.

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Before the cuts, Carson figures out a pattern.

CSEarly concept drawing from Carisa. I bet she has a few of these too!

More soon, but keep an eye on all our social media for the latest updates. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news!

 

Time for an update on Winter Salon III from two fabulous ladies we’ve covered earlier this month.

AlfieWe showed the early stages of a jackalope sculpt by Carisa Swensonand it seems like we have been waiting for the finished pieces as long as we have been waiting for Santa to come down ye ol’ chimney. Wait no longer, because Alfie is here! Totally dressed for a Christmas sweater party or for a shindig at the Griswolds, Alfie the Jackalope has his holiday game face on, and is all about snatching the gingerbread cookies. Santa better watch his back because there may be no cookies left come Christmas Eve!  Fabulous job, Carisa.

Alfie2Next up is a quadruple showing from Megan Baehr aka Nonesuch Garden. We showcased Megan hard at work in a felt wonderland creating centaurs for the show, but little did we know she threw us a curveball with her creative mind. Megan went outside the box for holiday centaurs.
wintercentaursMegan didn’t just create holiday plush centaurs we know from classic mythology and Harry Potter, but she also made a Deertaur and Unicenta with deer antlers and a unicorn horn. This string of ponies consist of Nightmare and Ginger the centaurs, Lolly the Unicenta, and Elwood the Deertaur. We can tell that Megan had a blast making these, and now everyone else can see when the show opens this Friday at Stranger Factory.
elwood2The Winter Salon III runs December 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, December 6th from 6 – 9 PM.

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The creativity is pouring from Carisa’s work space. We know she is a busy bee, but we did manage to get a few progress images for Winter Salon III again. This is still  developing work, but Carisa is sculpting the beloved mythical animal of North American folklore, the Jackalope.

So far, we can see three stages of her Jackalope development here: sculpting, painting, and squishy body creation. Above, we can see the head sculpt taking form. Below, starts the paint application, where many fine details come into play. Finally, (after a small time skip) the body creation and placement! Since Carisa is known for dressing her creations in a delightfully anthropomorphic style, we will just have to wait a bit to see what her genius mind thinks up for the completion.

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See all the work when Winter Salon opens December 6 at Stranger Factory.

 

All the artists involved in Winter Salon III are hard at work completing their pieces for the show. After some minor sleuthing, we found some progress images of Goblinfruit Studio aka our very own  Carisa Swenson.
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Carisa appears to be working on some of her amazing “Jackibous” and “Marottes”. Of course, these are the early stages and she is sculpting away, but we know what she is capable of. Winter Salon might turn into Winter Battle Royale with all the great work coming!

The Winter Salon runs December 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, December 6th from 6 – 9 PM.

Can you hear the retching rumblings and eviscerating squeaks coming from Carisa Swenson’s Barnabus and Baxter“?
1236529_641030635908656_1139875755_nWe first mentioned the Siamese bilby known as Barnabus and Baxter a few weeks ago, and now we can finally show them off in all their double glory! Continuing in the curious creatures and aberrant animals mantra, Carisa has created this astounding 15.5 inch tall doll for the show in Takayama, Japan. Dressed in dark pants and a striped sweater akin to that of a few nightmares, Carisa’s sculpt is all expression and monstrous detail.

Keep an eye or two out for them when the night parade comes to Takayama, Japan starting September 13th.
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Two of my favourite bunny making ladies in the world have finally done what I’ve been dying to see them to do – they’ve joined forces and created a bunny doll tour-de-force of exceptional floppy eared charm. Amanda Louise Spayd has been one of my favourite artists in the last couple years, and after discovering Carisa Swenson last year, and adding one of her gorgeously detailed dolls to my shelf, I’m starting to see the appeal in lagomorphs.

I got to ask Carisa and Amanda about their collections, and their collaboration, and other bunny related things, and they offered up a delightful romp through their shared influences and process!

CP: Tell us more about your fascination with bunnies! As a side note, I would be delighted if somehow one of you had a collection of creepy stuffed bunnies from your childhood.

Amanda: Not FROM childhood, but I do have a small collection of ratty old Easter bunnies, if you want a picture :P

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Dust Bunny, by Amanda Spayd

Carisa:
My obsession with rabbits started with Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories and illustrations, then reinforced at my grandmother’s, as she lived in an area where rabbits would magically emerge at dusk. I could spend hours watching them.  Not only do I find hares and rabbits visually appealing, their feistiness and fleetness of foot (paws?) resonates with me.  “The Velveteen rabbit” was a favorite story of mine, but reading “Watership Down” and watching the animated film pretty much sealed it. I did have quite a collection of rabbit related trinkets and stuffed animals when young, but most are gone now. They seemed a natural subject to turn to when I began creating dolls.

Amanda:
It’s funny that I’m so smitten with bunnies, since I have never owned one.  But now that I think of it, I can definitely pinpoint some lapine influences early in my life – the first one being Watership Down. My mom was a teacher, and taught that book every year, so because it was around, I also read it pretty much every year. Also I was pretty obsessed with Jim Henson’s “Tale of the Bunny Picnic” when I was a kid. The rabbit thing sort of got revived in high school when I first saw Jan Svankmajer’s “Alice”….so, I guess i do have a fairly rabbit-heavy history. But in terms of rabbits in an artistic format, I think they’re really good as characters because so much of them can be used as expression. The bucky teeth, the ears – rabbits usually look frightened (I would too, if being someone’s dinner was always an imminent threat), and that nervousness is definitely something I use in my own work.  Also, let’s not skip over the fact that they are adorable.

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paper model by Carisa Swenson

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