Horrible Adorables

This July: “A Memory” Lana Crooks & “Matriarchy” Horrible Adorables

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Stranger Factory Gallery
“A Memory”
Lana Crooks
Horrible Adorables


A Memory
Solo exhibition of new work by Lana Crooks
July 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception, July 7, 6-9 pm
The work for “A Memory” is inspired by victorian jewelry, mourning practices and hair work. For this exhibit I have learned traditional hair work using instructional manuals from the 1870’s and have used a number of materials (even my own hair) to emulate the victorian memorials. Creating wool skeletons and silk flowers encrusted in glass, jet, onyx and other semi precious beads to create modern memento mori specimens.
Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities that are a blend of science and fantasy. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, she frequently teams up with other artists to breathe three dimensional life into their illustrations, earning her two Designer Toy Awards. She enjoys drawing from real specimens in dusty back rooms of Chicago’s natural history museums but, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, aging fabrics, and a cat named Tanuki.


Solo exhibition of new work by Horrible Adorables
July 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception, July 7, 6-9 pm
Horrible Adorables current body of work depicts matriarchal societies in the form of anthropomorphized creatures. It shows the social dynamics between royalty and their subjects; from those loyally serving their ruler to the fate of doomed queens after a revolt. Our hybrid creature interpretations are loosely based on matriarchies in the animal kingdom, where females reign supreme.
Horrible Adorables are the creations of Jordan Elise Perme and Christopher Lees; a wife and husband team from Cleveland, Ohio. They met at the Cleveland Institute of Art where Jordan graduated with her BFA in Fiber & Material Studies, and Chris was pursuing training in fine arts after completing his BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Jordan and Chris bring their soft sculptures to life by meticulously arranging patterns of felt scales onto hard carved forms. The resulting characters have qualities that are both cartoonish and eerily realistic at the same time. Horrible Adorables are strange hybrid creatures from a fantastical word. Their facial expressions and postures reveal recognizably human emotions as they interact with one another. Horrible Adorables can be found online and at indie craft fairs, galleries, and boutiques across the globe.
In addition to Horrible Adorables, Jordan also works as a freelance toy and textile designer. She has proudly worked for companies such as Little Tikes, Hasbro and Joann Fabrics.

November brings IN SHADOWS to Stranger Factory, with new works from Cassia Harries, Aya Kakeda, Horrible Adorables, valeri blossom and Junker Jane

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November brings IN SHADOWS to Stranger Factory, with new works from Cassia Harries, Aya Kakeda, Horrible Adorables,valeri blossom, and Junker Jane!


Cassia Harries is a lead concept artist in the gaming industry and also lead monster maker, as the owner and developer of Monster Mind Sculpts, based in California.

Known for fantastical creatures and inspired by childhood films, such as Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, Harries works take us on a journey that seamlessly blends steampunk aesthetic with light-hearted whimsy.

For In Shadows, Harries will expanding on her Darkskies narrative. Global volcanic activity has left the world with darkened skies and covered in soot. Harries’ brave characters fight creatures emerging from the ashes and return them to the cracks in the Earth, from which they’ve come, in order to restore balance on the planet. Harries will be producing a number of original sculpts and two small editions of her Shadowlings and Blaylocks, each with one of a kind color variants.

Professional illustrator, Aya Kakeda, was born in Tokyo and now resides in New York. Kakeda has produced work for Nike, Nickelodeon, KidRobot, among other dynamic companies, in addition to gallery representation across the world.

Kakeda will be producing between 8 and 10 paintings on wood for In Shadows, as well as some 3D wall hangings, and a small edition of prints. For In Shadows, Kakeda’s work will feature a lone girl navigating between real world and the shadow realm, encountering creatures that only she can see.


Ohio-based artists Jordan Elise Perme and Chris Lees are the wife and husband team behind Horrible Adorables, which are a collection of strange and fantastical creatures, known for their meticulous wool-felt scales.

Horrible Adorables will be producing approximately 20 one of a kind sculpts for In Shadows, as the duo explores a darker theme than usual – merging witchcraft and the dark arts – their creatures are adapting into familiars, representative of natural plants with magical properties, expressed through each creature’s hybrid appearance.


valeri blossom is a mixed media artist in New Mexico. Her work is characterized by it’s curiously playful approach to darker subjects as a world of curious children and curiouser monsters, collide.

In Shadows has provided blossom with the opportunity to expand on a narrative that includes childlike monsters, which prove to be more friendly than frightening, and the humans that traverse the galaxy in brave pursuit of exposing the shadow to light. We can expect to see 8-10 original paintings from blossom, for In Shadows, on wood and canvas.


Catherine Zacchino, or Junker Jane, is an artist in Oregon, whose handmade dolls are known for their monstrous appearance and vintage appeal.

For In Shadows, we will have approximately 10 Junker Jane pieces, including original art dolls and wall hangings as Zacchino explores the thin veil between the seen and unseen and the supernatural creatures that exist there, waiting for you to catch just a glimpse!


In Shadows will be on display from November 6th through November 29th.
The opening reception is on Friday, November 6th from 6 – 9 PM
and many of the artists will be in attendance.

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106