Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Strange Folk Festival by Autumn Wiggins

For 4 years I looked forward to my annual trip to St. Louis the last weekend in September.  During this weekend I would sell my funky rag dolls and trendy bears. Every year was better than the last and my record of sales at this show has yet to be matched.

That show was called the "Strange Folk Festival" put on by one Autumn Wiggins where my goofy products fit right in. Now however, the show is not to be this year due to the absurdity of a selfish greedy parks department who wants to dip their hands in the pot. It slaps HUGELY of copyright infringement.

Please take a read and share this story.

If you go to Strange Folk this isn't Autumn's.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


A lot of people have seen my Original Floppit dolls. I developed the pattern with versatility in mind and boy has it been versatile!!
It has been sports characters and animals, fantasy critters and diy blanks, bald and fuzzy, big and small. If you haven't seen a Floppit, here is a picture of a design-it- yourself blank...

This pattern was originally designed on the back of a restaurant place mat, while my son and I waited for our food at a local restaurant. I liked the concept so much I stashed the place mat in my purse and used it for the concept to make silly faced rag dolls. I have made over 200 silly faces over the past 5 years.

And now I'm taking the pattern one step further...into art dolls! After tweaking the body and limbs I have made 5 art dolls featuring hand painted faces with acrylic and water color. The results are rather satisfying! 



If you like what you see stay tuned to my etsy shop Tindle Bears
for more! Thanks for your continued support!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Thank you to everyone who came out to see Tindle Bears at the Avant Garde craft show in Columbus this past weekend!


May 2-3, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


This weekend for one day only from 10-4!!! Come meet "Nova" my newest black cat puppet, My dancing bear "Nitro" and "Bustopher Jones" bear puppet. 
Come get your own marionette to play with!! Also available, Nuggets, Floppits and oh so much more!!!

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015
     1860 NORTHAM RD.
      COLUMBUS, OH 43221

Friday, February 27, 2015

Authentic Handmade

If you support handmade artists, sell handmade art or generally think it's cool, this post is for you :)

If you haven't heard yet there is a story floating around the net about a "handmade seller" who makes exorbitant amounts of money on a certain website that claims to be "handmade".
Turns out, this particular seller actually has the products made OVERSEAS. That's right, they are mass produced out of the country and sold as American handmade items. 
Now from what I gather this person wants to twist the term "handmade" and make it "sort of" apply to them. It doesn't really work that way. Apparently this so called website is rife with this kind of deception.

-Not foolin' everyone!

Let me define the term handmade the way I see it, just so we are clear where I'm coming from.

Hand-made (adj).
   -describes a thing you produced with your own two hands
   -describes a thing you worked on for hours in your organized chaos of a craft studio you run out of a cramped room in your house
   -describes a thing you worked on in the car while waiting for your kiddos to get out of school... and worked on while waiting for a table at a restaurant... and worked on while waiting at the doctors office... and worked on it some more while sitting down to watch your favorite movie. ect.
    -describes a process where you take raw materials and change them into something completely different without the use of factory equipment or slave labor.

Now that I described it the way I see it, let's move on. I was growing weary of the question "You made all these yourself?" 
It came often and I was usually presented that sideways glance you often give your kid when you don't think they are being totally truthful.
But after I read (and fumed) over the a fore mentioned story, I realized how important it was to establish what handmade was in my realm of existence. So here are some pictures of where I work, the materials I use and the mess that ensues shortly after I begin working on a project.
and this is just TODAY'S mess

I have an extensive shipping department...
guarded by a ferocious terrier puppet!

Meet my secretary... "Post It."
her office is next to the adhesives department.
The supply department is overseen by Bustopher.
He's more productive than he looks.

I encourage all my artist friends to share similar pictures of their process. Give your customers NO DOUBT, you make everything you sell right here in the U.S. with your own two hands.

I encourage those who shop handmade to ask the question that previously made me internally roll my eyes
"Did you make all these yourself?"
I promise by the time I'm done explaining how I do it, where I do it and how long it takes, you'll feel a whole lot better about purchasing my products.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Inspiration vs. Copying

Have you ever had that artistic moment when a burst of creativity yields a super cool piece, that you then want to run with and make hundreds more?
 Did you ever have the thought soon after "Oh man, this is too awesome...someone is going to copy my stuff...they're gonna make millions off my design...I'm screwed...this sucks...sigh."

Yeah, me too. Well...maybe not verbatim, but you get the idea :)

Many of us have had our artwork copied (or stolen, as many can attest). And I can not tell you the mental process of a person who does this without remorse. What I can do is point out the difference between out-right copying and being inspired by someone's work enough to form an independent concept of your own.

Here is an example. The cute little critter below is made by Amanda Louise Spayd. I saw him on Pinterest about 6 months ago and quickly pinned him to my inspiration board. I was inspired to make something because of this photograph.

Now here is my finished product of that inspiration, "Bartok".

As you might be able to tell, Bartok is NOT an exact copy...that would look like this...

Hers...                               Mine.

That's called copying.

Which is NOT the most sincere form of flattery.
When the finished product is reproduced detail for detail, and a profit is made to the copier and not the original artist.
 Even the photographs might be practically identical.

Instead, one might take certain aspects of the adored piece and create a personal style.  I took details I liked about Amanda's piece and started there...
-I liked the color scheme, neutral and natural.
-I liked the well defined eyes that grab your attention.
-I liked the can say many things without changing.
(and it's flippin cute!)
-I liked the horns but knew of a technique I wanted to try my way.

Now when you take those inspirations and apply them to my Bartok, I hope you can see those attributes in my piece without thinking "Hey, isn't that the same thing that Amanda made?"

 If you have to wonder if your finished piece looks a bit too much like someone else's original...maybe you need to start again and make it more your own. It's called practice, and there is nothing wrong with it. We all had to start somewhere. So let's keep it original people. :)

Special thanks to Amanda Louise Srayd for allowing me to demonstrate my point through her piece :)