Thursday, November 04, 2010

This week's artist: Feltmistress

If you wander down London's Oxford Street - the bit that runs from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus - you'll find Selfridge's, one of the capital's most famous historic stores. Like London's other iconic shops - Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Liberty, Hamleys etc. - this time of year is all about the Christmas window displays and they always manage to do something spectacular. This year Selfridge's boasts the wonderful and hilarious plush art of Feltmistress.

Louise Evans is a UK-based artist who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute)and Pete Fowler. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally.

As regular readers will know, I'm a sucker for designer vinyl, art toys and plush generally. Louise's stuff is about as good as it gets. I particularly love the fact that the characters all get names and slot into a soft, silly world of her own making. There are whole families of characters represented; brothers, cousins, sons and daughters ... and the names are splendidly inventive. Scrimpton Fleeps. Snapper Duvall. Rudy Froops. Joy.

So if you're in London do go and have a gawp at her wonderful window display. There are lots more characters inside the store too in the Wonder Room (above). Otherwise visit her website here.

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