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Fantastic plants and hybrid characters make up a strange menagerie made by Cat Johnston

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March 19, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Cat Johnston, shared with permission

A moth-human hybrid, a striped coral and a smoking frog in a tracksuit live here Cat johnstonThe fantastic ecosystem made of paper and textiles. The playfully bizarre creatures are inspired by monsters, mythology and folklore, evoke deities and reinforce the strange properties of plants and animals. Johnston created many of the life forms shown here shortly after moving to San Francisco and exploring the world. “I was blown away by all the weird and beautiful cacti and succulents and the animals I saw there (hummingbirds, pelicans and raccoons!) And wanted to create a landscape of plants and creatures that felt as strange and magical as California did to me . ” She says.

The illustrator and model maker currently lives and works in Portland. She first worked with paper for a stop-motion animation she made at the Andersen M and Tundra studios and has been working with the material ever since. She is in the process of making two more characters that she will soon share Instagram. You might enjoy it too Roberto Benavidez’s piñatas and the felt storybook creatures from Cat Rabbit.

#Animals
#Paper
# Plants
#Textiles

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