Nothing gets the attention of a child like a brightly coloured plush creature that has been crafted to have a life of its own. Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, artist Jennifer Strunge creates these quirky Cotton Monsters out of recycled fabrics that she finds in thrift stores -- with the results looking like new species of the imagination.
Aiming to give new life to secondhand sweatshirts, velour track suits and polo shirts of the world, most of my creations are constructed using clean thrifted clothing as well as sheets and fabric remnants. Each is handmade one at a time, on my Bernina sewing machine, stuffed with brand new super-soft polyester fiberfill and finished with hand-stitching, all in my tiny attic home studio.
Strunge has been making dolls, pillows, puppets since she was little, and her idea for these striking little critters arose from a quilt sewn with three-dimensional eyeballs that she made during her final year at art school.
Encompassing land, sea and outer space and classified with names like Pentapod, Little Bugger and Jelly, these soft little horrors also sport cute personal monikers like Wub, Ned and Fint.
Besides this fine retinue of monsters that any child can brandish against intruding nighttime boogeymen, there's also the odd cat in pyjamas and rabbits clothed only in striped socks.