Mascots . Wax Figures . Puppets
Headpieces & Specialty Wigs . Makeup (theatrical and airbrush).
Teaching. Studio Help. Displays/Photo-Op. Window Merchandising.
Zoo Exhibits - for the animal use or public educational pieces.
Maker of many things bizarre, giant but light, or tricky designs!
I will soon have my rentals up on the site soon, stay tuned
I just completed a wonderful Summer as Costume Designer for all of the Summer series for Actors Theater Columbus!
Romeo and Juliet
As You Like It
Schiller Park, German Village
The Little Mermaid
starring Columbus' own NINA WEST
from Ru Pauls Drag Race 2019!
presented by The Pleasure Guild, supporting Childrens Hospital.
I created the giant tentacle skirt for Ursula (dress by Marcia Hain)
lighted eels Flotsam and Jetsam, and all of the headdressed Under the Sea creatures!
*assisted by Gypsy Cat Studio's assistant, Maggie Prouty
My website is under RE-CONSTRUCTION to show the variety of skill sets and experience that I have on a professional level. My Masters Degree is in Sculpture and Design, but I am known for children's theater costumes and props and also mascots and puppets, but I do so much more , so I am creating this new website with many galleries of pictures to reflect that.
My rate for professional teaching or help in your studio, hourly is $45/hr.
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 4, and a lifetime animal advocate.
I am a freelance, multi-disciplinary, international, mixed media sculptress. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Columbus College of Art and Design with additional studies in fashion design and creature design and fabrication. I have a Masters Degree of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, 2013 in San Francisco. My focus there was on mixed media sculpture. My work has been shown and collected in the United States and Australia.
My home base studio is in Columbus Ohio but I have the freedom to travel and work on site, so you could see me anywhere that sparks my interest! Call me to discuss your project, commission a sculpture or need a workshop instructor or costumer WHEREVER you may be!
*** I am generally booked 6 months to a year in advance with only small gaps for projects in between so contact me early!
ANIMAL WELFARE/CARE BACKGROUND:
I am an absolute animal advocate and do not use animal skins, furs, feathers in my work.
I was a veterinary assistant for many years and continue to be a wildlife animal caregiver volunteer work with both wildlife and the feral cat colony where I live.
In examples such as my zoo exhibit work, I combined my art and animal work to benefit the animals both in making sculptures for their habitat specifically for them (Cincinnati Zoo and San Francisco Zoo have my work in them) or through a percentage funds from sales.This allows me to also educate the public, through the art, about the animals and the issues they face that we can resolve together.
Gypsy Cat Studios donates to animal organizations yearly.
Past work this year:
The Little Mermaid
Produced by Children's Hospital Pleasure Guild, Columbus, Ohio
Ursula is played by Columbus' famous drag queen, Nina West!
I will be creating all of the wacky sea creature costumes and Ursula's spectacular skirt!
Columbus Childrens Theater:
The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever, the musical. Dec 2018
Snow Day(toddler show) Dec 2018
Pete the Cat . Jan 2019
Peter Pan . May 2019
Tuck Everlasting, 2019
Nutt N Bolt 2019 (toddler show)
PAST:I had the pleasure of creating very unusual puppets for Jack n Phil Slayers of Giants Inc, at Columbus Children's Theatre's Park St. location! see a video of the puppets here!
~ Classes in Fabric sculpture with Powertex at 400 West Rich Street.
WORKS/PROJECTS STILL COOKING or WAITING TO BE SQUEEZED INTO SCHEDULE:
-Fine Art festivals 2020 with my mixed media sculptures
-Art inspired fundraisers for specific animals or animals rescue organizations of my choice.
-More Mixed Media Sculpture classes for adults at 400 West Rich Studios.
-Fashion and accessories- male, female and androgynous.
-Rentals: costume collections, individual costumes, mascots and props.
-I bought 3 jointed mannequin children to make into animal/child hybrid figures!
-Teaching online while travelling/or travel workshops!
614-937-8685 cell text or call only,
no voice mail set up.
***EMAIL IS BEST
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TonyaMarie~ Artistic Director/artist/owner of Gypsy Cat Studios