Sunday
Nov092014

Don Quixote Scenes for Teatro alla Scala

Earlier this year, Milan advertising agency TITA asked me to create tiny knit characters and dramatic scenes from Don Quixote for a ballet produced by Teatro alla Scala. I recently received samples of the 8"x8.5" brochure that my photographs became, which was distributed to the ballet audience in September. It's such a thrill to see them in print! 

The photos depict the major scenes from the famous story, starting with Don Quixote's literary inspiration, to his adventures with Sancho Panza (knitted windmill included, of course), to his courting of Dulcinea. 

This was the first time that I'd taken on a commercial project that involved my photographing characters in nature—I was really happy to get the experience, and I think the whole thing turned out nicely.  

The rest of the photos from this project are in my artwork portfolio

Friday
Oct312014

New Animation: Costume Contest Winner 

Things got a bit wilder than expected at the Mochimochi Halloween party this year…

Made with help from Maureen Boyle

Tuesday
Oct282014

Interview in the Chicago Tribune

Here’s something that feels a bit surreal: My face got printed really big in the Chicago Tribune two Sundays ago!

The paper interviewed me about how Mochimochi Land came to be and a bit about my other interests. I have Beth at SoHo Publishing to thank for the Tribune taking notice of my work, because they found me through her press release about Vogue Knitting LIVE, which just happened over the weekend. 

It took me a while to work up the nerve to actually read how my words came out in print. I think I come across OK, but for the record I don’t spend all my time reading snooty magazines! 

The article and an accompanying video are also online on the Tribune website.

Friday
Oct032014

Tiny Mochis Now Available at Rotofugi

I’m excited to say that a selection of tiny mochis hand-knitted by yours truly are now on sale at Rotofugi, the designer toy store and gallery in Chicago.
 
Rotofugi features toys and artwork by many of my favorite artists (like Mr. Clement, Shawnimals, and Heidi Kenney), so it’s a big honor to have a small place among them. When I returned on Friday after dropping them off on Wednesday, I was psyched to find my tiny gnomes, vikings, owls, and pandas on a table right next to Chris Uphue’s heart figurines!
It’s never been my aim to produce tons of mochis for sale, but instead I like to have a small selection available at venues that I’m personally excited about, and Rotofugi is one of those. But if you live far from Chicago, you can also find some hand-knit mochis in my shop, which I’ve just updated with more designs! 

 

Monday
Sep292014

Pass The Apple

Tiny hedgehog’s got a date! His plan is to impress his lady hedgehog with this delicious apple he found. Tiny hedgehog is going to be late for his date.

This GIF (starring all new mochis!) was made with help from Maureen Boyle. I also did a "making of" post on the Mochimochi Blog