Urban Vinyl: Designer Toy Awards 2013

I’m so excited… I was nominated for ‘Best Customizer’ at the Designer Toy Awards!!! Thank you to whoever nominated me! It’s a really big honour to have my work nominated amongst a lot of talented and well-established artists in the vinyl scene. This kind of feedback keeps me motivated to continue creating & sharing the art that I love to do. So, thank you very much for the extra support. xx

If you would like to vote for me, please click here.

Urban Vinyl: Alone custom Mini Munny

Alone was made for Sneaky Raccoon‘s ‘Sneaky Snowball show’ that was held this month at KidRobot London.

Alone is a yeti that wanders the snowy northern Canadian wilderness in search for a friend. He walks through silent forests in knee-deep snow determined to find another lost soul.  So far he has had no luck, but he continues his search in hopes that one day he will find what he’s looking for.

SALE!

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this weekend with American Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be a good time to have a sale in my shop! I am offering 25% OFF everything. It’s a great opportunity to own one of my hand painted pieces at an affordable price > emilybee.bigcartel.com

Urban Vinyl: Android custom ‘Flow’

Flow is an Android custom who was commissioned by an Android collector. The collector allowed me to have free-range of whatever I wanted to do with this custom. As an artist, having free-range is wonderful, however I wanted to create something with a specific theme. I wanted it to have meaning. I named this custom ‘flow’ and gave him a water theme, and I will explain why….

As my time here in Spain is coming to an end (I finished my 8-month contract last week), I thought about my experiences and what has lead me to this moment. My career choice is different than the average person because I don’t know what country I’ll be living in next year, where I’ll be working, or who I will meet. It can be very stressful for someone who is used to (and relies on) stability. As much as it is very exciting, it takes time to get used to the rhythm of this lifestyle. There are blissful moments and moments when I feel like my world is caving in. I have learned a lot of things, but one of the best lessons I’ve learned is it is important to be like water and go with the flow. Life will present many obstacles, challenges and also opportunities. It is important to fight for what you want, but it is equally as important to let things go, and see what surprises life has in store.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

– Bruce Lee

Urban Vinyl: TWO OF SPADES 6″ Mighty Muggs Custom

TWO OF SPADES, my 6 inch Mighty Muggs custom is for sale in my shop at emilybee.bigcartel.com! Two of Spades was originally made for a group show at Labyrinth Books in 2009. He is very special because he was the second custom that I’ve made!

Two of Spades is a Card Soldier who works for the Queen of Spades in Wonderland. If you thought the Queen of Hearts was nasty, you’re in for a surprise! Like the Hearts, the Spade clan is also known for beheading, except they don’t play a game of hedgehog croquet with flamingo mallets to pass the time before killing you, they just simply behead you on the spot. This Two is particularly deadly, and gets called for execution duty quite frequently since he is “good at it” (whatever that means… ask the Queen of Spades, that’s what she said!). When he’s not beheading prisoners, he tends to his small 2 x 2 garden plot that is filled with the most beautiful and fragrant purple roses. Who knew Two had a sensitive side!

Urban Vinyl: I </3 U ALWAYS 4" Mini Munny Custom

Today I </3 U ALWAYS, my 4 inch KidRobot Mini Munny custom is for sale in my shop at emilybee.bigcartel.com! I </3 U Always was originally made for my two-person exhibit "Fantastic Heroes" at The Trace Gallery in December 2011.

The roses on this piece were inspired by traditional Sailor Jerry-esque rose tattoos, as roses symbolize love + tattoos are forever. Roses are beautiful, yet have thorns that hurt. Tattoos are also beautiful, yet hurt to get done. Sometimes beauty + pain go hand in hand.

Urban Vinyl: Black Cherry Destroyer custom

This is Black Cherry, my second Destroyer custom. He is made from resin and measures 5 inches high. The Destroyer was designed by O Negative and sculpted by Eric Nocella Diaz of Argonaut Resins. Black Cherry still retains his original blue tinted resin on the torso of his body. He will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 13th at 1pm EST at emilybee.bigcartel.com! (check the timezone converter for your correct timezone.)

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‘Black Cherry’ was inspired by the Goldfrapp song with the same name.

All my world in one grain of sand
And I’ve blown it
All my world in one grain of sand
And you own it

Black cherry, black cherry, stone
Black cherry, black cherry

Excite me, ignite me
Oh and you know
I miss you, I kiss you
Oh and you know

~Black Cherry by Goldfrapp

Urban Vinyl: SORROW 8″ Qee Custom

For the first time I am offering SORROW, my 8 inch Qee Toy2R custom for sale in my shop at emilybee.bigcartel.com! Sorrow was originally made for my two-person exhibit “Fantastic Heroes” at The Trace Gallery in December 2011. He was made with his mate ‘Sweet’ (who has already sold, but you can see them both here).

Sweet and Sorrow were inspired by William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’. At one point in the play Juliet says goodbye to Romeo with the famous quote: ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow.’ This oxymoron combines contradictory ideas of pleasure + pain. Saying goodbye to Romeo triggers deep sadness in Juliet, but that sadness also reminds her of her love for him, and for this reason it is sweet. These emotions are symbolized by the heart shields on their chest. I wanted to give an impression that they were both wearing armor, and that their feelings of sorrow come from the true identity behind the mask.