Monday, August 24, 2015

Meownuts

I was finishing up a few donuttys, when a friend of mine linked me to these cat donut pillows. I thought it would be a fun project to make my own version of kitty donuts.



I decided the heart-shaped safety eyes I purchased a while ago would be a perfect fit as little cat noses. After making one kitty donut, I made a variety more of what I now refer to as my "meownuts."





There are still many flavors and breeds I want to make! Excited to keep playing around with color and icing patterns for future donuttys and meownuts!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bubble Bubby and Company

Four years ago, I spent hours of my life laboring over Bubble Lush, a project compromised of 578 handmade pieces crocheted together. History repeated itself, as I spent two months of my life contributing to yet another Bubble Bobble piece. This time, I had my imagination set on a fully functioning bubble blowing dragon!

I went through the process of testing and trying to construct around a total of four different bubble machines. There was a lot of discouragement and frustration, but I couldn't tear myself away from making this dragon a reality. 


"Bubble Bubby"




Plus a couple of those evil enemies, who I found are named, "Stoner" and "Bubble Buster."




I wanted to do a new video game inspired keychain, as well, and decided to go way back to my favorite portable device: Gameboy. 


I kept my crochet design simple, but made sure to include an important detail: Battery light! Not only did I have to worry about my mortality in the game, but it was imperative that I kept a constant vigilance on that red dot!

Introducing... "Gameby"



I'm excited to do different variations of Gameby in the future! It's incredible how much video games have shaped me as a child, and continue to do so in my life. Reflecting on the joy they've given me, and strong influence they have on my life and art, make me forever grateful for their existence. Thank you to iam8bit for inviting me to their 10th anniversary art show, and for keeping the "retro" gaming spirit alive!

2011 with "Bubble Lush" at Gallery Nucleus and 2015 with "Bubble Bubby" at iam8bit Gallery


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kobe

Even after incredible artist, Dena Nakahashi, dropped the phrase, "She loves that dog like a baby"-- I wasn't prepared for the 'daaaws' and smiles that came with her commission. She asked if I could make a replica of her sister Keri's, beloved dog/son, Kobe. Upon flipping through the photos, it became overwhelmingly apparent that this was a very loved, very active dog! If he wasn't running through the beach or woods, he was swimming, chilling with his friends, or taking selfies with his mom. 

I was so thrilled when I received this wonderfully fun photo session Keri did of Kobe with "Mini Kobe" -- 



I'll admit, his unique stomach patterns and random specks of colors nearly drove me insane to create, but I knew the details would make all the difference!


Since there were so many Kobe action shots, I thought it was important to include wiring, enabling Mini Kobe to pose in similar form.



I think Kobe likes mini Kobe -- Do you?? So happy and thankful for this amazing custom, and for the photoshoot it inspired!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Corgi

Due to my little sister's constant sharing of admiration for Corgis, it was no surprise when she asked me to crochet one for a birthday. I'm not a huge fan of small dogs, but I cannot deny the compact cuteness of the Corgi breed. Just have a peek at this video and tell me you feel nothing:


Those precious doe eyes paired with plump bodies, were the main attributes I tried to capture in my crochet Corgi. The proportions have to be just right, otherwise it'll end up looking like a Chihuahua!



I think I've captured the likeness of a Corgi fairly well. I'd be fun to eventually make every breed of dog!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tai

I'm always nervous to take on commissions of real people or pets, because I feel there's a heightened responsibility to capture their likeness. Imagine the caution I took when a new mother asked me to crochet Tai, her nine month old baby -- I was nearly as nervous to make her as I would be to hold her.




I was told that it's a birthday present for April, so I'm eagerly waiting to see photos of real Tai and little Tai together then!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Year of the Sheep

Happy Lunar New Year! 2015 is year of the Sheep/Ram, and I was asked to make a little sheep keychain in commemoration. I based it off the soft lamb I made a few years ago, adorning it with a tiny bell as well.



Growing up in Hawaii, along with being part Chinese, I'm used to celebrating Chinese new year, and partaking in the festivities. Since I haven't gone to Disneyland in a while, I was excited to go during the lunar new year. They had a section in California Adventure Park with lion dancing, lantern making, pork buns, and an area where you could meet Mushu, and festive Mickey, Minnie, Chip, and Dale. It was super cute!



Hope you all have a wonderful and healthy lunar new year!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tenth Doctor

Twas a week before Christmas, when all through the cave, not much leeway for new orders, nor time to misbehave. Leesasaur was ready to close for some holiday cheer, when out of her inbox the Tenth Doctor did appear!

Holidays are always a stressful, sweatshop filled period for me. However, I had to accept the late commission to make David Tennant! Many times I've wanted to crochet a Doctor or ten, but it wasn't till I was given the push of this holiday request that one finally came to fruition.




From his hair, to his sneakers, to his 3D glasses, I had so much fun crocheting my first Doctor. Eventually I'd love to have a set of villains and companions, so we'll see how far I get this year. I need to at least crochet the Eleventh Doctor and his fez, 'cause fezzes are cool!