Friday
Jul042014

The Slowest Firecracker

Happy Fourth! (Don't try this at home!) 

Friday
Jun272014

A Little Mochimochi Popping Up in Seoul this Summer

Some hand-knit Mochimochi goodies are now for sale in Hyundai department stores located in Seoul for four weeks this June and July!

My tiny characters, mini gnome scenes, and postcards are part of a pop-up shop organized by Everyday Mooonday, a gallery focused on character art that recently opened in Seoul. The gallery owner, Diny Lee, saw some of my knitted artwork in NYC when the both of us lived there, and I was so happy that she kept me in mind for this opportunity. You can spot the tiny mochis on display right in the center of this photo. 

Here's a closer look at one piece—a tiny hand-standing gnome. 

Along with the recent publication of Super-Scary Mochimochi in Korean, this is making me feel that Mochimochi Land and Korea might just be a good match!

Thursday
Jun192014

Yoshi’s Wooly World Concept Art

If my Twitter feed is any indication, knitters and crocheters are pretty psyched about Yoshi’s Wooly World, the new game Nintendo just announced that’s coming out in 2015.

This is the second yarn-themed Nintendo game in recent years (Kirby’s Epic Yarn came out in 2010), so I take this as a good sign that knitting and crochet still have a solid pop culture presence, and there is plenty of crossover between gaming and crafting. Awesome!

Just a few days after I first heard about Yoshi’s Wooly World, a couple of nice people on on Twitter let me know that a little piece of Mochimochi Land made an appearance in Nintendo’s public announcement about the game. When discussing the game’s development, the Nintendo presenter showed this image, among others.

 

They added yarny Yoshis to Gnomes vs Snowmen! The photo looks like it came from my display at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago last year, so someone must have taken it from the event’s website.

I don’t have any more information than that, but I just had to share this fun discovery! It’s very cool to think that my art may have had some small influence on how the game designers envisioned the wooly world of Yoshi. I’m looking forward to playing the game next year!

Wednesday
May282014

Gnome Team Selfie

The first half of 2014 has been taken up almost entirely with the new book that I'm working on (look for it in 2015!), but I did manage to make this small sculpture earlier this year for the 10th anniversary Pictoplasma Festival

 

 

I made this sculpture for the Portrait Gallery of characters for the festival, which happened in late April in Berlin. Somehow I couldn't resist the idea of gnomes taking photos of themselves as a kind of "group selfie" portrait. 

Here it is from all sides: 

I was sad not to be at the festival in person this year, but from the photos I've seen, the Portrait Gallery was the place to be! 

Thanks to Pictoplasma for letting me be a part of their anniversary festival! The portrait gallery is traveling next to MARCO, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Monterrey, Mexico, where it will be on exhibit from September 18th to January 11th. 

Monday
May192014

American Illustration 33

I'm so excited to share the news that my 2013 holiday ID project with Nickelodeon was selected to be in American Illustration 33.

 

Having worked with illustrators in the past, I know just how honored I should feel to have this project recognized by the people at American Illustration. I would say that it's a dream come true, but honestly it's a dream that never even occurred to me! 

 

 

The selected stills from the animations are up on the American Illustration website, and the book will be available in early 2015. My thanks to CWC-i and the people at Nickeolodeon promotions for helping make this happen!