Meet Renee D’Amico of Tadpole Creations

Renee D’Amico of Tadpole Creations makes the most darling plush & appliqued bibs, onesies & more!  I especially love her little Russian Babushka Dolls & DIY Pirate Doll Kits.  Any one of her items would make a great gift for a baby shower or b-day party for a little one. Though I must say, I wouldn’t mind picking up a few of her plushies for myself – I’m young at heart! This will be Renee’s first Art Star Craft Bazaar & we are so happy to have her, so get to know her & visit her at the bazaar at her bright & colorful booth #43!

Renee D’Amico of Tadpole Creations with her Mermaid Dolls

Art Star:
Did you go to art school?  If so, where did you study?
Renee D’Amico:
I attended University of the Arts and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  I have a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Fiber Arts.

AS: What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
RD: Sewn and appliqued baby goods as well as soft dolls and toys for the very small. I create primarily for little ones, however a grown up has been known to go home with a pirate or mermaid for themselves. New this season are DIY Pirate and Matryoshka Doll Kits.

A selection of items by Tadpole Creations

AS: What materials do you work with?
RD: Primarily brightly colored cotton fabrics and threads, with stuffing and a bit of fabric paint thrown in at times.

Trained as a painter, I work with fabrics and thread in a way similar to using paint and pencil, using larger shapes of colored fabric, adding outlining and detailing with machine stitched threads.

Babushka Russian Matryoshka Cloth Doll

How are your items made? Describe your process.
RD: My creations begin with a basic drawing on paper of a playful idea that I’ve been pondering for a while. When I’m happy with the initial design, I work with paper to create my own patterns and templates, folding and cutting until I find the right shapes.  Fabric selection comes next, with experimentation of different combinations until I get to that “ah-hah” moment when I have found the right fabrics to use.

My favorite part of the construction is sitting down to sew at the machine and appliquing the different fabric elements together. I stitch with a variety of different patterns to complete the design with colored thread.

Cloth Elephant Toys with Rattle

AS: Are you able to make your work full-time?  If not, what do you do for your day job?
Tadpole Creations is a full time pursuit.

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
I am drawn to primitive folk artists and Early American Art, whether it be a weather vane  painted sign, piece of pottery or portrait of a child.

AS: What are you reading/listening to right now?
RD: My teenage daughter playing the theme of “The Avengers” on her viola.

Whale Plush Toy

 AS: Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years?
RD: That’s a great question, I am always thinking “okay what is the next step?” when it comes to Tadpole Creations. One goal is to have a separate studio and workspace, as I work out of a home based studio right now. I’d also love to be involved in some exclusive freelance design for a larger company in the future.

Organic Gnome Dolls


AS: Are there any bazaar participants that you are excited to check out this year?
RD: The line up looks incredible! I am so honored to be included with this great group of craftspeople.   My desk is begging for a Cutesy but not Cutesy plush to keep me company while I do computer work. My daughters are really big fans of Inedible Jewelry, I am sure they will be adding to their collection.

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