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{Creative Process} skeletons, tees, & plush….

Back in May, I posted about my kiddo’s love of the human body & how his fascination started (thank you, They Might Be Giants). His interest in how the body works & his ability to draw has continuously grown since then- spending more time at his easel & exploring  the human body though his own expanding collection of human body books. 

Sayer & I have spent more time together in the studio lately too. Over the summer, we were practically studio mates. He has his own space in my studio that he works in & it didn’t take long for his drawings to start oozing out of his space into mine. I would find stacks of skeleton & body drawings on my work table, in his room, in the living room… everywhere. One rainy day, we decided to test out some new fabric markers. He wanted to make himself a skeleton doll. So, after he was done drawing on the fabric, I made him one. That essentially gave me the idea to do a small screen printing run of one of his skeleton drawings for tees & plushies for KLTworks.
His tees turned out so fun & there was a great response. So much so, it prevented me (time wise) to even post this when they were finished – which was my original plan. I ended up doing a second run with a bigger variety of sizes – including adult tees! We are now a skeleton wearing family. I can honestly say, I wear my tee proudly…. often. 

The skeleton dolls are really sweet too. I used fabrics on the back that reminded me of Sayer- things that he may have drawn himself & the palette from his scraps of paper. This was a really fun project. I loved working with him & teaching him the whole process of product development- right down to taking photos of his dolls when they were finished.

Sayer told me that when he was older, he wanted to work at KLTworks. I’m not sure he really knows how much a part of it he really is. He’s my inspiration, star model, & now contributing designer. I look forward to lots more studio time with him & many more cool projects ahead.

You can find skeleton tees in sizes 2T – 12- here  & XS- XL – here
Skeleton Dolls – here

Hope you are having a great week. What are you up to? Anyone making Halloween costumes?