PCCAF 2011 MIDWEST INSTRUCTORS: DOREEN KASSEL

9 08 2011
Doreen creates her quirky creatures in her Hopewell, NJ studio/storefront.  Her work is inspired by love of E.H. Shepard, (The Wind in the Willows illustrator), William Holbrook Beard, anthropomorphism without sugar, vintage toys and all the old and wonderful books and beasts of her youth, lovingly given to her by her Grandma and Aunt.
Her creatures and stories have grown out of her many years of children’s book illustration and have taken off, almost on their own. She loves giving form to them and feels so fortunate to have such a passion for these small souls and the opportunity to spend every day working in her studio.
Doreen crafts each one out of polymer, imbuing them with attitude and emotion, getting the right turn of the head or rise of the cheek.  Animals who wear clothes clutter the studio and continue to multiply.  Right now her attention has turned to Story Tiles, Beastly Pendants, ornaments, small sculpture and all sorts of Uncommon Creatures.
Her images have been used for many books, magazines, toys, puzzles, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments and textiles. Her clientshave ranged from puzzle design for Unicef, poster illustration for HBO, Book illustration and toys for National Geographic.   See her website(s) for a more complete look at her work.  Doreen’s art has been selected for juried shows and has won awards in several international competitions.  She loves sharing her enthusiasm for creating and has a great time teaching in her Hopewell, New Jersey Studio/ storefront and in libraries and bookstores along the East Coast.
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