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Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities that are a blend of science and fantasy. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, she frequently teams up with other artists to breathe three dimensional life into their illustrations, earning her two Designer Toy Awards. She enjoys drawing from real specimens in dusty back rooms of Chicago's natural history museums but, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, aging fabrics, and a cat named Tanuki.




Publications, Awards & Reviews

2015
-Designer Toy Award Winner: Best Non-Plastic - Sylvan Plush with Gary Ham

2014
-Designer Toy Award Winner: Best Plush - Hermees Plush with Gary Ham

-Designer Toy Award Finalist Nomination: Toy of The Year / Fan Favorite - Hermees Plush with Gary Ham
-Designer Toy Award Finalist Nomination: Best Collaboration - Hermees Plush with Gary Ham

2013
-Designer Toy Award Finalist Nomination: Best Plush - Puffer Puss Plush with Martin Hsu

2012
- Bunny In The Moon: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume III. Dark Horse: Publication including sculptures commissioned by Tara for her 2010 Exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
- Designer Toy Award Nomination: Break Through Artist of The Year
- Designer Toy Award Nomination: Best Self Produced - Puffer Puss Plush with Martin Hsu
- Designer Toy Award Nomination: Best Collab - The Duchess with Amanda Louise Spayd
- Designer Toy Award Nomination: Best Collab - Puffer Puss Plush with Martin Hsu
- Designer Toy Award Nomination: Best Plush Design - Puffer Puss Plush with Martin Hsu

2011
- Designer Toy Award: Break Through Artist of the Year Nominee
- Designer Toy Award: Best Plush Design Nominee: Finalist
- Designer Toy Award: Best Collab Nominee
- Clutter Magazine Issue 15: Situational Comedy Plush By Lana Crooks
- Sunshine Artist Issue: From Part Time To Full Time

2010
- Fresh Bump: Fresh Cuts Lana Crooks
- Vimby Video Interview
- Review // OHNO!DOOM Presents: Trophy

2009
- WCRX 88.1 interview
- Toycyte CustoMONDAY interview / Interviewer: Jeremy Brautman
- Gapers Block / Interviewer: Lauri Apple


Articles & Interviews By Lana

2011
- A Conversation Over Cotton Candy: A Chat with Tara McPherson - Tor.com
- Strange Animals, Preserved and Recreated - Tor.com

2010
Hand Cranked Creatures: A chat with Amanda Louise Spayd
- Tor.com

 

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