Sunday, 20 June 2010

He's my Japanese (toy) Boy!

And so warbled very strange 80's songstress Aneka..(gawd, my mum loved her!)


...no need for panic though, I haven't ditched Mr. Mimi for a tasty bit of Oriental stuff...altho that's not say I wouldn't think twice if offered a deep fried banana fritter from The Fortune Garden round the corner...mmm narna...

So! You may recall a few posts back, I made a fleeting mention of a bit of shennanigans between me and my mate Ad? Well in between Cockney Sparrows (hold that thought!), budgies and collaborations (hold that one too!)...there's been going's on of the most thrilling nature between myself and the stitching GOD that is Mr.Monsterosity

We've been stalking each other's work for a long time and are both fully paid up members of the MimiLove/Monsterosity Mutual Appreciation Society so after much grovelling on my part an exchange of brains was decided upon

Now based in Japan creating the most incrdedible art dolls, which you can admire on his flickr photostream, Ad is a former senior costume maker with the South Australian State Theatre and has worked on all the grooviest of shows including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia...(blimey!)...so we're talking hardcore talent here and a combo of nerves and excitement in equal measure on my part!

So I came up with this...it's a Japanese Woodsman spider...which comes from Australia and Japan...just like Ad!


Big leggy spider just hanging around in his silver and gold web..



right slap bang in the middle of a fight between...



Godzilla and Mimzilla!
ROAR!!!


GRRRR!!!!!!




And this is the art doll that Ad made for me...I cannot express how much I love this

(Maruhanabachi..Japanese for BumbleBee!).


He's made from a soft stripey orangey yellow suede and gold leather. A deep soft plush fun fur in black and yellow and super shiney patent vinyl
The attention to detail is just beyond gorgeous...from the honeycomb legs and refracted eyes (all of which glow in the dark!), his poseable arms, the attenae..and the wings..oh the wings!


He's even got a wee buzzy flying fishy friend!





There are more of Ad's magnificent art doll creations at his Etsy shoppy and he also has a range of fashion accessories and the world's grooviest soft furnishings including couch candy cushion and leather lights!



If you happen to be in the Tokyo vicinty in August pop along to the Art Box International Gallery and you will be able to marvel at Ad's creations in the flesh/fur!

(Psst...can you keep a secret? We are also planning a little something together too...a MimiLove Monsterosity Mash if you will!)

This week I will be starting work on a new line of Cockney Sparrows (which were very kindly mentioned by Guardian journalist and all round top chick Perri Lewis ...bless y 'eart missus!) heading for my homies over at Miso Funky a commission of a wee doggy too and an exciting update on the idiom collaboration front!

Anyway can't sit around here blogging about with you lot all day I've got a nap to catch up on and someone mentioned narna fritters!

Big loves people and thanks for droppin' by!

x;0)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

2 Cockney Sparrows, a ton of blue budgies, a black kitty painting, Chas n Dave...


Reasons to be cheerful 1...2...3! x;0)



This week I have mostly been getting on down with a bit of Ian Dury...ooo I do love a jig about to a top tune!


I would love to have been a singer or a muso; my dad could carry a tune and was apparently a bit nifty on a guitar and his dad was one of those who could play any instrument you gave him, unfortunately the musical gene shook it's head in despair and skipped a generation when it got to me

I knew this early on when I was tossed out of the school recorder group at the age of 7...in my defence I had joined halfway through the term and did have trouble telling my left from my right, I even tried miming but was rumbled on an Ode to Joy solo.

Also, unlike Jeremy the only boy in the recorder group (surprisingly, not a euphemism) who had his own hand made, hand crafted wooden recorder, mine was plastic, covered in Starwars transfers and had been mainly used as a makeshift straw for sucking up not quite set jelly (Jello... for my American chums!)

Granted, my 3 Blind Mice may have been a bit screechy but least it tasted of strawberries...suffice to say it didnt go down well with the woman taking the class and my dream of playing London's Burning in the round was left in tatters...so much for my Rythym Stick..sigh

Anyroad got shedloads to show you today so tenuous musically link over with, here we go!
First off a new flock of stuffed birdies looking for new nests over the Olde MimiLove Curiousity Shoppe

Cockney Sparrow no.1



Oh dear, he's a little bit stroppy:
"GERTCHA!"


Mr. Sparrow sits amongst a positive field of hand stitched grasses in blues, turquoise and greens with bright clashing oranges, pinks and reds for added oompf!


Inspired by the Cockney super duo Chas & Dave and their hit (well it was in my book!)


GERTCHA! = Get out of it or be off with you!



Cockney Sparrow no2



Something appears to be bothering him...



"GORDON BENNET!
Some bleedin' tea leaf's half inched me jam jar! If I get me
camber sands on 'em, I'll kick their bottle and glasses!"

Oh dear I think we better get on the dog and bone and call the old bill!



Mr. Sparrow sits amongst a big old bunch of hand stitched leafery in blues, turquoise and greens with bright pinks and reds. The painty background has a metallic acrylic paint mixed in it for a bit of glittery goodness too


Tea Leaf = Thief
Jam Jar = Car
Camber Sands = Hands
Bottle & Glasses = Arses
Dog & Bone = Phone
Old Bill = Police

A new batch of bright blue bouncy budgies to brighten up the grey days of summer!

Budgie no 1
(A big shout out Thank You for the mention! to my painty mate Alison over at  Eastwitching...check out her gorgeous paintings!)




All festooned with silky shiny garlands of hand stitched flowers in fruity shades of orange, tangerine and silky red and yellow combined with gold, bronze and red sequin flowers which shimmer when they catch the light

Budgie no 2



To keep them amused, dingly jingly bells hangs from golden hand stitched "chains"

Budgie no 3


A sprinkling of french knots, glass beads in shiny gold and tinsy drops of glittery gold give added glitz and sparkle!

And finally, the latest commission piece



Hot pre-embroidery action!


I was contacted by the lovely Judith to paint a portrait of their aptly monikered kitty "River" for her husband's birthday. The family had been on a kayaking hoilday and were having a leisurely paddle along the river when they heard a noise, they paddled over to the river bank and a tiny dishevelled kitten staggered out from the undergrowth and hopped onto one of the canoe's

He was taken home, cleaned up and checked out and was intitally going to be re-homed but endeared himself so much to the family that the rest, as they say, is history!




I had a few guidelines, colour scheme and faves list to choose from including, greens and blues, Get Fuzzy the comic strip, a Ben Folds Five song and a free rein...huzzah!



So here is River with a stitchy Satchel and Bucky from Get Fuzzy paying their own homage to that fateful day!


Stitchy details include shiney metallic threads for the water waves and splashes, wee french knot bull rushes and lots of grasses and undergrowth in various shades of greens.

Also in the news the Id-iom/Mimilove collaboration is finally complete and on it's way to the chaps in Brixton...it's still in transit and the chap's havent seen it yet so I will have to keep you all in suspenders til A: I know it's arrived and B: I'm not being sued for knackering their art work! :)

So as Ian and his magnificent Blockheads say, what with it being Sunday n all...why don't you get back into bed...1...2...3!

(ooo I've got a hankering for jelly n ice-cream...pass me that piccollo!)
Thanks for droppin' by
x;0)