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
, 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.