A moth-human hybrid, striped coral, and a smoking frog sporting a tracksuit inhabit Cat Johnston’s fantastical ecosystem crafted from paper and textiles. The playfully bizarre creatures are impressed by monsters, mythology, and folklore, evoking deities and magnifying the bizarre qualities of vegetation and animals. Johnston created a lot of the lifeforms confirmed proper right here shortly after transferring to San Francisco and exploring the setting. “I was blown away by the entire uncommon and fairly cacti and succulents and the animals I observed there (hummingbirds and pelicans and raccoons!) and wanted to create a panorama of vegetation and creatures that felt as alien and magical as California did to me,” she says.
For the time being residing and working in Portland, the illustrator and model maker first labored with paper for a stop-motion animation she did with Andersen M and Tundra studios and has been creating with the material since. She’s throughout the strategy of crafting two additional characters, which she’ll be sharing shortly on Instagram. You moreover could get pleasure from Roberto Benavidez’s piñatas and the felt storybook creatures by Cat Rabbit.
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