Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jennifer Strunge of Cotton Monster

Jennifer Strunge is the one woman show behind cotton Monster. Jennifer graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her senior year at art school she began making quilts with eyes and then gian soft sculpture pieces out of blankets. After seeing the delight that her monsters brought to people, Jennifer founded Cotton Monster. In addition to making monsters, Jennifer works for Black Cherry Puppet Theater, bringing puppetry programs to schools and recreational centers in Baltimore.

Her monsters are so bright and wild.  Jennifer uses a lot of recycled fleece and knits for these guys.  I have never seen a doll maker use re-purposed fabric in such a cohesive way. 

  
Re-using fabric for these monsters make me think that they come to life from a pile of dirty laundry.  Like, if you leave all your dirty socks under your bed, they will sprout teeth and start to form appendages and come alive!

She also does impressive custom work.  Look at this hat from a child's drawing!  Great!

Another hat.  I love these so much.

Her monsters are so sculptural and I think look especially nice under dramatic studio lighting.

Thank you Jennifer Strunge for your wild designs and delightful monsters
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Jennifer has a great website and also an etsy shop.