Photos: Stuff I’ve bought lately

Like the title says… just stuff I’ve bought lately. 🙂

Sweet Rum is one of the Steel Fairies made by Japanese designer Kaijin (one of my favourite vinyl artists). Sweet Rum is limited to 100 pieces, and comes in this amazing super fluorescent pink colour. Her paint smell reminds me of exactly the same type of paint my Dad used to use in his sign shop (nostalgia! ♥). She’s one of my favourite figures… OMG, luff her! ♥

[On the left] Tiruru Subcalism by Kaijin.  I absolutley LOVE this new figure.  The turquoise is wild!  Tiruru is from the “Mysterious Island Jambara” series, and limited to 50 pieces.
[On the right] Cutie Cane (2/16) by Flowbots.  Hard to resist a face like that!

Rika (?/??) by Junko Mizuno / “Despite her reticence, Rika is very popular with the strange creatures on the Surface World. The “Meat Dance” is her specialty.” This is the rare chase figure from the blind box Pure Trance Series produced by Kidrobot.  (Thank-you Ebay!)

Signed Junko Mizuno flyer from her “Red Tresses and Freckles” solo show at the Magic Pony!  Heather of Needlings (super awesome Etsy shop with adorable owls!) sent this to me.  Isn’t she so sweet? 🙂 I plan to frame it someday. Thanks Heather!!!! ♥♥♥

3 pink DIY Mini Munny’s for customizing! Love these pink versions, and the accessories are super cute, especially the glasses! ♥

My Pipos Dali FINALLY has new eyes & new clothes. He’s really liking his new look, and is so embarrassed that I originally thought he was a girl, and made him wear a dress, haha!  Now he really looks like a rabbit from Wonderland. 🙂  Blouse by lemieuxdollboutique: / Bloomers by pommepomme: / 18mm glass eyes by releaserain:

And last but not least, I did a plush trade with the lovely Jessie of Samaria Project, and she sent me these two adorable owlies! ♥ They are so well made and have lots of little stitched details. I love the colours she uses, and wow, she’s awesome! 😀

Sneak Peek: Custom for Munny Grubbers show @ Just Blazed

Here’s a sneak peek at my custom for the Munny Grubbers show at Just Blazed.  When I posted a pic of this guy before, he was only a sketch. He’s completely finished now, and off to the show.  I’ll be releasing full pics of him in a week! 😉

In Progress: Custom for Munny Grubbers show @ Just Blazed

When I was working on Two of Spades (my Mighty Muggs custom), I posted a preview pic of it on my art table.  That’s not much of sneak peek, now is it?  :\  This time I’m gonna show the whole sketch. 😉 This custom is for the Munny Grubbers show at Just Blazed on August 8th in Phoenix, Arizona. I finally had a bit of time between sewing projects to sketch out a few pages of ideas (you can see some on my sketchbook in the background). I finally decided on the design that you see sketched out below. Now I start painting! 😀

In Progress: Two plush dolls > pics + creative process

I’m currently making two plush dolls for a special project, so I thought I’d share some in progress pics and talk about making them. 🙂

1) First I start out with a rough sketch of what I want to make.  I already have an idea of what their personalities are like, and I try to bring that out in their expression, outfit, and overall look.  My creative process is always evolving, and new decisions are made at every step that I could never have forseen with the initial sketch (later on you can see that I scrapped the dresses, and swapped the mouths).

2) Next I choose the colours and fabric I want to use. I lay everything out in an abstract kind of way to help visualize what colours go together, and what don’t before I start cutting the fabric.

3) Then I cut everything out. It’s hard to tell that they’ll look any good at this point, lol.

4) Then I sew everything together that I can with the sewing machine (it makes my life easier!) and I start stuffing body parts.

5) Everything is sewn together! In this pic you can see that I’ve done a bit of handsewing already (sewn the legs on the body, sewn the hair on the heads, etc), and I’ve also pinned the eyes on their faces.  I do this so I can start adding the smokey-eye look (with pastels and q-tips) exactly where I want before sewing the eyes overtop of the added makeup.

6-7) I hand sew the tiny collars for the dresses, and choose which buttons will suit the white-haired girl best. Then I sew their eyes on after adding eyeshadow and blush.

8 ) I think once they have smokey eyes, the dolls really start to come together and their personality starts to show. At this point I’m figuring out what type of lace I’m going to use for the ruffle collar and other lacey accents. Their heads and arms aren’t attached yet… I do those last.  The white-haired girl’s hair buns won’t be sewn on until last because her buns sit low on her head, and I need to have room to sew the ruffle collar to her neck first.  The ruffle collars are then pre-sewn (so they are nice and ruffly), and ready to be attached to the bodies.  In this pic I decided on pink mouths.

9-10) The dolls are both happy (and unhappy) with their new smiles, and can’t wait for me to finish them!  I’ll be revealing their names & backstories when they’re completed. 🙂

…To be continued…

Stitch Wars: Preview & Articles

Stitch Wars opens this Saturday, July 18th at Bear + Bird Boutique+ Gallery!  If you can’t make it to the show in person, or if you’d really like to buy a piece in advance, or are just curious, you can get a sneak preview of all the work in the show if you sign up on the Bear + Bird mailing list.  This also gives you exclusive pre-show buying rights!  So if there’s a piece you really want, you can potentially buy it tomorrow. 🙂  The mailing list will go out tomorrow, so make sure to sign up now!

Stitch Wars has already received lots of great press in the August 2009 issue of Maxim, and the front over of the July 16, 2009 issue of the Miami New Times!  It’s going to be a great show.  I can’t wait my preview email to arrive! 😀