I’m Allison Ewert Twa, the face behind the puppets. I do prefer to let them do the talking.
But for now:
I am a Saskatoon based artist (that’s Saskatchewan, Canada).
I like to experiment with different fabrics, materials and mediums. I tend to keep little bits of things, knowing they will come in handy but not sure why yet. I admit that I have a terrible memory in general but I seem to be able to keep a fairly good mental inventory of bits and bobs I’ve stored here and there. When an idea hits I can usually find that little something I had stashed in a box somewhere and give it purpose again. Unfortunately this has resulted in a workshop that can be a bit chaotic.
I have tried to achieve a tidy work space. Every now and then I am successful and I tell myself I will always be so good. But the clean work space only makes me want to mess it up again! Sometimes I envy the perfect studio you might come across on pinterest. So calm, so pretty and bright. But I have accepted that while I value a nice space, my natural state is to be surrounded by a wild variety of a lot.
Here are a few of the tools I use in regular rotation. That broken chopstick is my perfect stuffing tool. I don’t know what i’d do without my stitch ripper. I have three. The razor is for cutting the faux fur. I find there are less fibers floating around when I cut with a razor and it looks nicer when sewn up too (no odd short cut bits). I like having teeny tiny paintbrushes because I can get finicky about details. I can’t even see that bristles on that red one!
The board of threads….and the floor I use for cutting. It’s an old painting of my delightfully wild grandmother that I painted ages ago. Sometimes I think it’s a bit weird to cut all my fabrics on her like that. And it is pretty shredded up now (a cutting mat is on my list) but it makes me think of her everyday. She was an amazing sewer and had a bright spirit like I’ve never know before.
At the end of the day I am a maker at heart. My kids like to tease me about trying to make everything. Some fails and some successes. But you’ll never know if you don’t try.
“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Custom orders are welcome. I do like a challenge and am open to your ideas.
I think that’s all for now.