For about two decades now, I have been a fervent follower of performance artist, underground actress and musician Kembra Pfahler, best known as the lead singer in the band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. After seeing her performance at San Francisco Oasis a couple of years ago I got the opportunity to meet her and show her my artwork, specifically a Kembra doll based off of her performance piece “Sewing Circle,” which I had made in 2016 for the annual Stitch Fetish show at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles.
Kembra was really excited about her crocheted likeness and very kindly invited me to be in her upcoming show in London at the Emalin Gallery, where she was displaying collaborations and portraits by artists such as Richard Kern, Mike Diana, Scott Ewalt, Katrina Del Mar and many others, as well as her own sculptures, drawings and performance pieces. I made an additional figure just for the show at Kembra’s request, a red version of the Voluptuous Horror Kembra that was a little more interactive and could be made to do several of her known performance pieces.
Although I didn’t get to attend in person, what I saw online of the London show was fabulous. Both my pieces made it across the pond safely and ended up being displayed among other great artists’ work in homage to Kembra — however, they’ve continued to sustain a life after the exhibit too: over the past year, the dolls have made their way around the world and into her various performances and appearances; most recently one made its way into the latest issue of Dizzy magazine!
“I love and support the works of Croshame and her visual generousity and extreme attention to detail. I encourage the collection of these dolls and I hope to include Croshame in shows I’m having in London next year.”
I made a blue Kembra with bowling balls “taped” to her feet:
There’s a yellow Kembra with Peeps® in her hair and a pentagram, which can be used as a shield or held in her fingers:
And a red Kembra doing her “Abracadaver” performance piece:All figures come with their own black doll stands and black painted crucifixes.
The Stitch Fetish 6 show runs from February 3rd through the end of the month at Hive Gallery in downtown Los Angeles (www.hivegallery.com).!
At least once a year I try to see the fabulous director John Waters in person. I’ve now been fortunate enough to see him at least a dozen times and met him on about six occasions.
Here’s a picture of us from the first time I met him, about 20 years ago (I had him sign the photo last year); we talked about his Comme des Garçons jacket and told me he loved my hair (or, as he referred to it, “your ‘do”) three times.
Earlier in 2017 I caught him at Burger Boogaloo, a garage-punk music festival which he hosts every summer in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. Again, I had the opportunity to see and greet him backstage where I presented him with a Croshame token of appreciation: a crocheted depiction of one of his favorite movie scenes, the baby on fire in Susan Slade.
In 2015, I caught John Waters’ Christmas show and made him a Christmas ornament: Divine’s character Dawn Davenport from Female Trouble.The gracious and polite Mr. Waters later sent me a Tom of Finland postcard thanking me for the present. Best mail day ever!
Last month for his 2017 Christmas one-man show I wanted to make him some more ornaments to go with his Divine one, so I whipped up some Raymond and Connie Marble from Pink Flamingos figures.I gave the to him at the meet and greet after the show and he loved them! He said he was sure Mink Stole would love the Connie ornament when he shows it to her at his Christmas party this year, and he also told me he still hangs my Divine ornament on his tree every year!What a guy!
Hi guys! I know I have been woefully neglectful of updating this blog and I apologize about that. I’ve got a lot of new content and fun stuff to show so it’s definitely something I hope to remedy in the new year! 🙂
Just a reminder that if you would like your Croshame Etsy orders to be delivered by Christmas, please get them in by DECEMBER 10th! Orders placed after December 10 are NOT guaranteed to arrive before 12/25. (I will also be closing the shop down temporarily from December 20, 2017- January 20, 2018 to get other projects completed.)
Also, the full Krampus set has been pretty popular this year. I will list it in the Etsy shop as it becomes available; I will probably be able to fit in another one or two before the holiday ordering period ends. (The set takes at least a week to complete so please bear that in mind!)
Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes an image comes along that speaks to me intensely enough as to whisper directly into my brain: “Crochet me.” Recently I came across an artist whose work did just that; her name is Kamila Mlynarczyk and she goes under the moniker Wooded Woods, creating adorably disturbing little creatures, both through sculpture and drawing.
I came across one piece in particular and knew I had to recreate it in yarn:
So adorable, right?
After studying this little gal pretty intensely, I got to work making her a 3D reality.
I call her “Woodsy!”
I used a variety of different acrylic yarns, some boucle sock yarn for her hair, colored pencils for the eye shading, and front and back post stitches to create the pleating on the skirt. All of her limbs and tail have wire in them to make them movable. She was really fun to make, and I’m pretty excited about the outcome!
Please visit the Wooded Woods Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodedWoods) to check out Kamila’s great stuff for sale, and check out her newest works on her Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/woodedwoods/) to show some spooky love!
Being a huge fan of cartoons my entire existence, I have always wanted to bring one to life. This Valentines Day I was inspired by The Simpsons episode “Trash of the Titans,” wherein Homer receives a present from Marge for the newly-concocted corporate holiday “Love Day.”
Enamored with this little guy, I decided to make one myself. (more…)
I’m proud to announce I will have a piece in the upcoming Stitch Fetish 5 group show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, opening February 4th.
I was honored to be asked to participate again this year by the show’s curator, Ellen Schinderman. My piece is based off of a combination of two historical art themes: The Venus of Willendorf and the Virgo Lactans (or the nursing madonna).
The work I made from these two inspirations is called, naturally, Venus Lactans.She stands a little over 2′ tall, has felt features and wire and beaded “lactating” details. This lovely milking maiden will be available for sale at the gallery until February 25th.
I hope some of you will get the opportunity to see her and the other wonderful pieces featured in the show!
Just a quick post to advise folks to get their orders into the Croshame Etsy store for the holidays! (It should be taken into consideration that some custom pieces can take up to two weeks, sometimes three, depending on the order.)
I also have new pieces available for sale this year!
Feeling like you need some Krampus in your life… but just a little bit? Like, maybe a decapitated head’s-worth, just to cheer up the atmosphere?
Well, there’s the Krampus Door Hanger!
He comes with wire strung into the back of his head, making him perfect for hanging on the door, on the wall, or if you prefer, directly over the baby’s crib.
And who wouldn’t want celebrate the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun by presenting their loved ones with the gift of androgynous eternal life? Well now you can, with that totes adorbs lil’ rapscallion…
And let us not forget our olden holiday friends from times past. Like silver and gold, they are!
There’s good old Santa Clawed:
And that poor unfortunate Braindeer: