Playing With Wool

Bug with pink nose and cute expression

Wool and metal bug by Debie Deaton

Debie Deaton sculpts with wool, creating colourful, upscale toys and puppets like this little bug. I met her at Mississippi’s Chimneyville Arts Festival earlier in the month and was immediately taken by her lovingly made, character-infused creations. A whole booth of these animated figures, each one unique, but all united by her humorous house style, is a carnival. 

I can only imagine the fun Debie’s household has when she’s testing out new ideas. Her work demands the longer post I’m planning for early 2019, but as today’s Ragtag Prompt is Play, how could I resist sharing this sneak peek?

While I admire the technique, it’s Debie’s characterisation that really cracks me up: I seem to read a short story in each expression. We live a long way apart but she’s such a lovely person, I can’t help hoping I met her for the first time, not the last.

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