Jess Hutch.

Friday, July 08, 2005


Nothing to see here... I'm in the process of making some stuff right now, including a lady version of cakeyvoice's Mr. Dangly (a fine little monkey), plus another embroidered toy and some other stuff. Top secret stuff. Since it's all in progress, I figured this might be a good time to share what's been inspiring me creatively recently:

* the crocheted amigurumi-style toys of ElizabethD, m_patrizio, and ohsewpretty. I've linked to their flickr galleries so you can see how very cool and colorful their creatures are. I'm really inspired by the sorts of shapes they can achieve using crochet, I think I may have to break out my hooks again.

* Kath Red's post about 70s fashion at her excellent red current blog got me thinking about all the 70s craft books I have laying around. How did that happen? My fave right now is a series called Creative Hands, of which I have about 5 volumes. I love the hot pinks, lime greens, bold shapes and general "why not decorate that thing there?" spirit of 70s crafting. My mom was a crafter in the 70s and I used to spend hours looking at her books. So many folks with shiny straight hair making funky earthy handmade stuff. Good times.

* Japanese craft books continue to be a major inspiration to me, and from the blogs I read I can tell I'm not alone in that. I have a few that I keep going back to when I feel like I'm getting stale, including the Aranzi Aranzo photo comic books and the Anano Cafe books. When I visit the bookstore at the Japantown in SF I'm always amazed at the creativity in the craft books available, and the sheer breadth of topics covered. I would love for someone to start translating some of these into English and publishing them here - or perhaps I need to learn to read Japanese?

* Sanjay Patel's illustrations for his book Little India are so fun and gorgeous. I used to work with him at Pixar and I was happy to run into him the other day at an art store, where we chatted about the nature of cuteness in art and design. I recommend you have a similar dicussion with someone very soon, it's the best.


At 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

that little india book is great. i love the style.


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