Complete felt masks of the deer and the coyote.
It’s silly - I made these because our friend invited us to a furry convention and we didn’t want to go “naked,” so I decided to try my hand at using my own craft to make something that would work in that setting… and it turned into a weeks-long, incredibly enjoyable project. I had a ton of fun doing the felting, and my partner did a kickass job on forming the mesh bases and painting the eyes. The gloves were even fun - I just felted right over some wool knit gloves, so they came out comfy, too.
We also got lots of compliments on them at Fur the ‘More (the con we went to in Baltimore). While they’re definitely a little removed from the normal visual language of “furry,” people were interested, asked a lot of questions, and I got some really great feedback on improvements to make in the future if I make more - there are some very skilled artists and craftspeople in that community, and I got to hear from a few of them. Plus, actually wearing the masks definitely put some ideas in my head for what I could do differently!
All in all, very fun project. I could keep doing this, especially because working on something so large was quite a challenge and got me thinking around corners. I got to spend a lot of time doing one of my favorite things, which is to really play with color layering and subtlety, to a much greater extent than in a small piece. I’ve already got plans for the next one, and probably have a just few kinks to work out before I open commissions for them!