|Gypsy Cat Studios ~ TonyaMarie||
My website is under RE-CONSTRUCTION to show all of the skill sets and experience that I have on a professional level in so many areas. My Masters Degree is in Sculpture and I do so much more beyond mascots, cute things, and the children's theater costume and props realm that I am known for after costuming literally thousands of kids and characters over the years.
I am TonyaMarie, artistic director, designer, artist and wearer of all hats, bells and glitter of Gypsy Cat Studios started Jan 2007! I am also a Mother of 2, Grandmother of 3, and a lifetime animal advocate.
I am a freelance, multi-disciplinary, international, mixed media sculptress with work across the U.S.A as well as Australia. I regularly work in both Ohio, my "landing spot" where my family are at, and also my other home in the East Bay, San Francisco CA . I make my living mostly as a costume designer, sculptress, and teacher but have several other areas of expertise.
I have a Masters degree in Sculpture and professional experience and skill sets in a wide variety of mediums and projects: sculpture, costume, mascots (I was head designer of a major mascot company for years), props for theater and circus arts etc., set work, all things GIANT but lightweight (props, puppets, theatrical or advertising type pieces, public art, airbrush theatrical makeup, fashion, puppets, wearable art, outdoor animal habitat sculpture (zoos, gardens, etc.) Indoor/outdoor fabric sculpture, teaching art and airbrush makeup and costume design to kids and teens in theater programs.
I suffer from Wanderlust so I am available for freelance work anywhere in the world that sparks my interest so send me an email if you have a project, no matter where you are!
*** I generally book 6 months to a year in advance with only small gaps for projects in between so contact me early!!
I have mostly sculpture photos uploaded so far, but I am generally contracted as a costume designer, mascot maker, props builder, teacher (sculpture, theatrical fields, sewing costumes, fabricating props in theater camps for kids and teens programs).
I love a design challenge! I am often the one called for things that are weird, giant but lightweight, hard to design, wearable, puppet, etc. that everyone else said "WHAT??? rolling their eyes" :) Please feel free to look at what I have on here so far and please stop back in to see the finished site with galleries of photos of all of my work in sculpture, costume, fashion, makeup, airbrush makeup puppets, props, classes, commissioned oddities of all kinds from hybrid fox/child mannequins, 18 ft genie puppets and headdress, and most recently an 8 ft rhino puppet, wacky vaudeville inspired costumes, and bug puppets for James and the Giant Peach!
I am an absolute animal advocate and love to combine my creative art work with my animal work to benefit the animals as well as educate the public and raise funds for the animals. Gypsy Cat Studios donates to at least 5 animal organizations each year. I have permanent work at Cincinnati Zoo & San Francisco Zoo.
I also have an extensive experience in the animal care world: wildlife, domestic and exotics: in Wildlife rehab centers, zoos, and 9 years as a certified veterinary assistant. I have worked hands on with bats, cougars, tigers and more and I hope to use my art to help in the fight to stop species losing habitat, being hunted and becoming extinct due to ignorance or greed! Education is key and funds are needed for the animals. My 2 equal passions are art and animals and I cannot quit either of them, so I will find the right combo. Constant work in progress, but in the right direction!
CURRENT WORKS IN PROGRESS and ON MY SCHEDULE as of November 2017:
~ New personal work for November Show at 400 West Rich Street (2nd floor Gallery) MEET #156 a group show of myself and my 3 close friends and artists that now share my #156 Studio with me ! Maggie Prouty, Chuck Rankin, and Holly Wetmore Kemeter!
~ Creating giant props for The Nutcracker in Chicago
~ 2nd year teaching art and sculpture to high school and middle school at Village Academy
~ My zoo animal inspired headdress work is featured in a coffee table book nearly done and will be for sale very soon
WORKS/PROJECTS STILL COOKING or WAITING TO BE SQUEEZED INTO SCHEDULE:
-Mixed Media Sculpture classes for adults at 400 West Rich Studios (using Powertex Textile Hardener)
-Fashion and accessories- male, female and androgynous. -Oh I have sooooo many ideas, just need the time
-Rentals: costume collections, individual costumes, mascots and props.
-Continued BodyPainting work
614-937-8685 cell text or call, no voice mail please.
***EMAIL IS BEST
*cat necklace above made by Lori Greene of Pavanne jewelry