May 31, 2010

New Friends

Thanks to Jen and her cute daughter Fiona, a few of my plush have a great new home. Here's a picture of Fiona with Witch Helga, Victor and Vittorio Vampire, Walter Werewolf, and Pepito the Jumping Bean.
Thanks Jen for sending me this terrific picture! Looks like these guys have found the right place to call home. Now don't get into too much trouble you guys! ;)

May 18, 2010

Come One, Come All!

It's hard to believe, but after almost 8 months of planning, the PlushTeam's weekend at Maker Faire is here!

I'm the lucky one who has been playing host to plush from half of our talented PlushTeamers from around the world, and my house is full with boxes of amazing stuffed art. It is taking all my willpower NOT to hide pieces from each one of these artists in my studio so no one will miss them... ;)

If you are in the Bay Area this weekend, come on by Maker Faire and say hello to 8 of the Team's members who made the trip out. You can meet abbydid, Christina Ward Creatures, Yummy Pancake, Moons Creations, Zazu Faure Los Angeles, Absolutely Small, Cutesy But Not Cutesy, and yours truly. There are also certain members teaching classes throughout the weekend, so if you ever wanted to learn how to make your own plush, or just see some cool techniques, these are the classes for you. To find out more details on the schedule of classes and who is teaching what, click here.

I'll be posting more on the Faire experience when I get back- including pics of all the plush I've been drooling over, the Team booth, etc. I have also finished up a couple of commissions- including new Plushcatures, so I will post those after all the Maker Faire dust has settled. Enjoy the week, and I hope to see some of you at Maker Faire this weekend! :D

May 3, 2010

Ancient Mexican Jumping Beans - exclusive!

I'm pretty excited to announce that my plush exclusive for Schmancy toys in Seattle is on sale now! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo- or just the return of spring with this ancient species- which Plushologists only recently found living deep in the Mexican Rain Forest. They bring an atmosphere of celebration wherever they go, and no two Beans are alike. :D

Ben and I saw this awesome box with a die-cut window in the Container Store while I was working on the Beans, and we thought it would add to the fun to make packaging for them. I designed the elements in Illustrator, and had Ben put them all together for me. His perfectionist quality really came in handy in putting on the stickers- because of him there are no wrinkles or bumps. Which, sadly, probably would not have been the case had I put them on. Truly- I kid you not. So thanks Ben!! :D
Each of the fifteen Beans comes in its own box, which is hand signed and dated by me.

So, what was the inspiration for the Beans, you ask? (Or maybe you don't, but I'm going to tell you anyway. ;D)
Cinco de Mayo was a springboard that got me thinking about Mexico. Having spent a Christmas vacation one year in Cancun when I was 8 years old and visiting the ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum started a deep respect for "primitive" carvings and art, which has only grown over time. Climbing the steps of an ancient structure and looking out over the ruins is pretty fantastic- even when you are only 8 years old and don't have quite the perspective/knowledge to truly comprehend the amazing achievement and antiquity of what you are standing on. Plus, the beach at Tulum is truly paradise. If you haven't been, I highly recommend you go!!
I really wanted to figure out how to incorporate some of that ancient symbolism into my plush, and when I remembered Mexican Jumping Beans while brainstorming, the two ideas came together. Each Bean has its own authentic ancient Mexican symbol on its belly. It was fortunate that we had a couple of wonderful books in our collection on Ancient Mexican Symbols and Ancient Mexican Art/Civilization, they were invaluable help. So take that, internet and e-books! Score one for real, page turning, library-smelling, books!! Can't live without them.