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To the Rainbow Realm! Technology and Magic Merge in ‘Feltopia,’ the First Felted Stop-Motion Video Game

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To the Rainbow Realm! Technology and Magic Merge in ‘Feltopia,’ the First Felted Stop-Motion Video Game

A gif of a scene in a stop-motion animated video game made with hand-felted elements.

Photos by Sarah Wright. All images © Andrea Love and Andy Katsikapes, shared with permission

Set in a dreamy, fluffy world, the wizard Skyrider is facing the ramifications of a giant technological glitch that forced civilization up into the clouds,” says a synopsis of artist Andrea Love’s new video game, Feltopia. Your mission? Fly on a trusty steed named Cumulus “through a world of wizards, robots, and magical creatures—clearing the way towards the rainbow realm, where a mysterious mega-bot is threatening to consume the whole spectrum.”

Known for her meticulously detailed stop-motion animations using wool, Love (previously) embarks on an ambitious collaborative project to transform her felted stories into an interactive game. Just launched on Kickstarter, the project aims to roll out initially on iOS and expand to more platforms as funding allows. Love joins seasoned game designer Andy Katsikapes, who invited sound and music designers Peter Michael Davison and Richard Gould to build a world frame-by-frame, combining playable elements with hand-felted compositions and stop-motion techniques.

Get involved with the Kickstarter campaign, and learn more about Love’s work on her website, Vimeo, and Instagram.

A crafting mat with the word 'Feltopia' spelled out in pink raw wool.

A felted composition used as a still in a stop-motion animated video game. A small figure rides a horse through the sky, chased by a drone.

A gif of a scene in a stop-motion animated video game made with hand-felted elements.

A process shot of Andrea Love's hands pinning down some felt to make a cloud.

A process shot of Andrea Love holding a felted figure.

#Andrea Love #felt #stop motion #video games #wool

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