“He hasn’t had much exposure until just now!” Swon wrote. “My friends love him, and it seems like he’s getting some fans on the internet now too!”
Swon explained that the costume was quite labor-intensive to make. Most of the head was needle felted, which requires stabbing loose fiber with a barbed needle repeatedly until it mattes together into stiff felt. Swon didn’t keep track of how long the process took, but estimates that over a dozen hours went into making it. If you are feeling chagrined that you missed out on this unique creation and are in need of a Halloween costume, Swon is open to commissions.
“I’ve had my eye on this creature he painted in The Vision of Tundale (ca. 1485) who is opening his own mouth and there’s a whole little scene inside there of people suffering at a table…that’s pretty great!” she said. “I can picture a detailed felted costume of that.”