Collaborations, exhibits, New Goblinfruit Studio Stuff

A Book About Death


Matthew Rose and the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery  in Soho, NYC, have joined together to create the “A Book About Death” exhibit, opening September 10, 2009 and running through September 22, 2009. All artists (more artists are wanted, and anyone can contribute…see link below for submission guidelines.) must create 500 images (or cds, dvds, etc) based on the subject of death and send them to the Emily Harvey Foundation, who must receive them by September 5. These postcards, dvds or cds will effectively create an “unbound” book of death for exhibit goers.

I had quite a different vision in mind for this doll, but given that my costuming skills are limited at this point, I had to take his body in a totally different direction. Given that it’s not exactly what I wanted, I think he turned out well, with just the right amount of disturbing intensity permeating his little cloth bunny body and face. He’s created with wire armature, quilt batting, muslin fabric, paperclay for head, feet and hands, as well as wooden dowels for the neck stumps and a wee bit of mohair for their head curls. My boyfriend created the mirror (formerly an old, cloudy shaving mirror) and helped with the logistics of setting up walls in order to get the correct shot. The wallpaper is flocked paper found at Kate’s Paperie many months ago, just waiting to be used for the right occasion.

This was a fun shoot to do, and Steve was, as always, the consummate professional taking as much as time needed to get the shot just right.

To find out more about the exhibition, and/or to submit postcards, please go to:

Works in Progress


As mentioned in a previous post, I recently broke out my packet of Puppen fimo and created a goblin/gryphon head–“Groblin” if you will. Last night, I got around to baking it with these results (as you can see, I decided to give him a neck….a decidedly scrawny one, but he was feeling somewhat adrift. Now I think he resembles the grumpy Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show, but hey, I’m a child of the 80’s anyway):





Fimo recommends baking at 230 F for 30 minutes, but because my apartment oven is so wonky, I ended up baking him at 250 for 20 minutes. Thankfully he didn’t burn at all, not even the eartips. I tend to have problems with extremities when baking Super Sculpey, so finding the piece scorch-free was a relief. The details softened up somewhat, and a slight translucency can be seen, but overall, I’m very pleased with the results. This material feels much more comfortable to work with…less squishy and temperamental than Super Sculpey. Now…onto to trying heat-set paints!

Works in Progress

Works in Progress

I recently bought a package of Puppen Fimo and finally got around to trying it out:griffon1



Overall, I’m quite pleased with the results…it’s got a much firmer consistency than Super Sculpey, allowing for greater detail— I haven’t gotten around to baking it yet, so I’ll reserve my final judgement until after curing.