Monday, July 16, 2018

"Aminals" Films on National Geographic WILD

Earlier this year I was asked by the friendly folks of Mindfruit Studios in LA to create three plush puppets--an angler fish, a horseshoe crab and a peacock spider.  I designed the plush creatures based off their concept drawings and made them to be "faceless" as their eyes and mouths were animated on top of the puppets in post-production.  Mindfruit used the puppets, and some beautifully styled sets, to create "Aminals"--three short films which just debuted on National Geographic's Wild cable tv channel on a special late night show for grown-ups called "Wild After Dark."

They turned out super sweet and funny! Click on the still images below to link to each of the three videos if you'd like to see!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Find Cotton Monster at these 2017 Holiday Craft Fairs!

Here is a list of the craft shows I'll be at with the 
Cotton Monster crew this holiday season, 
beginning next weekend with Crafty Bastards!
 It's going to be a busy couple of months! 

at Nationals Park, Washington DC
Saturday November 11th 10am-5pm
and Sunday November 12th 10am-5pm

at American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
Free Both Days: Friday November 24th 12pm-6pm 
and Saturday November 25th 10am-6pm

at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Owny Ln, Richmond VA
I'll be there for JUST ONE DAY
on Saturday December 2nd 
Free 11am-6pm (early bird hour begins at 10am)

at 2640 St. Paul Street, St. John's Church Baltimore
Saturday December 16th,
Free10am-5pm  (early bird hour 9am-10am)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday Markets 2016

I'm happy to announce I'll be participating in two 

awesome holiday shows this year in Baltimore, 

Bazaart November 26th and Holiday Heap December 10th! 

Please click poster images below for links to more info! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

September Shop Update and Crafty Bastards!!

I'm excited to announce I'm in a bit of a crazy state right now 
as I prep for the best craft show of all time....Crafty Bastards!! 
I'm pleased as punch that I've been accepted back again this year, 
and can't wait to see all the friendly familiar (and new!) faces. 
DC shoppers really know how to bring the love! 

Find the Cotton Monster creatures (and me) at Crafty Bastards October 1 & 2 from 10am-5pm
outside under the big white tents at Union Market. Want to come both days (cause lets face it, one day just isn't enough time to see it all!) use this special coupon code: 
VENDOR2016 to get a $6 Weekend Pass! 

My booth at Crafty Bastards a few years ago! 
And for those of you in other parts of the world, unable to make it to the show, I took some time away from the sewing studio last week to do some photographing and editing...I've just listed a ton of new work into my online shop!  I'll be doing another update after Crafty Bastards as well, but as you probably know, since my work is one of a kind, better snag one quick if you fall in love!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Shop Update and Coupon Code!


The shop is stocked with a rainbow variety of new Cotton Monsters! Including my brand new breed "Chompers" with stripey arms and big cartoony teeth-filled grins!

Now through Saturday 5/14/16 take $5 off your order of $50 or more with coupon code SPRING16 at checkout from the shop!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Upcoming Craft Show in Baltimore, BUZZ!

 I am excited to announce Cotton Monster will be a part of Charm City Craft Mafia's next show, Buzz April 30th from 10am-5pm! Buzz is replacing their summer show (formally Pile of Craft)....sure to be a bit cooler weather (no more sweating it out in the church) and it's before Mother's Day! A win win for customers and vendors! Hope to see all you locals there!

For those of you not in the area, I listed some new items in the Cotton Monster Shop this month!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy New Year and 'so long' old studio!

a clean studio day back in 2014 

A very happy new year to all of you! I am so extremely thankful to everyone who has been so supportive and positive about my cotton monster-ing endevors in 2015, and the 10+ years previously! The shop was pretty much cleaned out by kind folks over the holidays....I feel like the luckiest lady in the land of polyfill! I was fortunate enough to spend the last seven and half years of that monstering in a tiny attic studio in a magical stone mill house built in 1847. I have come to love this house as a family member, so it is with a heavy heart and much procrastination that I have started packing up the studio (and the rest of my life) for a move across town.

New beginnings are extremely exciting, and I'm looking forward to figuring out new ways of organizing and making a new colorful homey-home for the Cotton Monsters, but this ol' room has so many layers, so many memories, and soooo much clothing/fabric that the packing part has been a challenge to say the least. Since moving boxes and tupperware bins are not so pretty, here are a few studio shots from the past few years. The shop will remain quite empty until I have time to set up the new space and get back to sewing in February. If you are interested, please follow along with me on instagram @cottonmonsterjen where I post updates much more frequently then on this old blog! 

A very happy 2016 to all, cheers to new beginnings and more crazy eyeballs! 

me and the monsters back in 2010
a few years worth of collected drawstrings
my window
chillin' monsters awaiting their eyeballs 
view from another dimension

a purple friend
stripey piles
the best cat in the best sun spot