Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Made by Moxie Interview

As the year winds down, Schmancy is getting hungry (you know Thanksgiving is coming up!) That's why we enlisted Moxie who is awesome. And she happened to make us very happy with her new solo show entitled "Hungry" opening this Friday night at Schmancy. 6pm! Here's a few juicy tidbits to get you excited for the show:

Schmancy: What is the collection you are showing at Schmancy this month, and what is the inspiration behind it?
Moxie: The series title is "Hungry." It's a continuation of the two piece series I created for PlushYou! LA. It's one of those concepts that took hold of my imagination and I *had* to continue exploring it.
As for inspiration, I'm not really sure. Sometimes I like to incorporate shiny garbage into my work. I did that with a doll face and the whole project took on a charming-yet-disturbing tone that makes me happy for some reason.

Schmancy: Who is your favorite person (dead or alive)?
Moxie: Roosevelt Franklin.

Schmancy: Do you have a special place where you go to create your ideas?
Moxie: Not really. Having and developing ideas is a process that happens in your noodle... and if you're really lucky, you get to take your noodle with you wherever you go.

Schmancy: What is your favorite coffee drink?
Moxie: I'm really into drip with cream and sugar right now but, I've been known to cherish an iced carmel latte with a billion shots in it now and again. My heavens, I do love the coffee. We should have some right now!

Schmancy: What color is your hair currently?
Moxie: Pink.

Schmancy: Do you have any exciting news or any upcoming events you would like to share with the world?
Moxie: I'm really happy to say that my book, "I Felt Awesome," is finally available for pre-sale. It's a labor of love, two years in the making, and I can't wait to share it with everybody. (If you take a peek at it on Amazon, you can look inside!)

Thanks Moxie - and for all you fans out there stop by the opening to meet her this friday at Schmancy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Interview with Anna Chambers

Sorry for the late post...but check out Anna's latest plush online or at Schmancy! The opening was last Friday night, but the show will be up the rest of this month!

On with the interview:

Schmancy: What inspired you for this show "Multipy"?
Anna Chambers: I first started making 2 bunnies, then I just kept going in the bunny theme, after I had them all in a row, I thought "multiply" was a fitting title.

Schmancy: When & Why did you begin making plush poo?
Anna Chambers: I started the poo dolls a long time ago, just kind of as a joke, I wanted to make something gross as cute as it could be.

Schmancy: What is the best thing about being a mom?
Anna Chambers: Best thing about being a mom is the little baby smiles I get all day, I can't get enough of her giggles.

Schmancy: Where do you picture yourself in (life or business) in five years?
Anna Chambers: In 5 years.... I'll get back to you!

Schmancy: What is your favorite sweet?
Anna Chambers: Chocolate

Schmancy: Do you have any upcoming shows/ news for the end of 2010 (or start of 2011 - eek!)?
Anna Chambers: Another plush character of mine is coming out this year, only hint: it's an animal.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Everything seems to converge at the same time... i.e. CCE's Event next weekend, LA Plush You the weekend after that... and the Scrumptious Delight Opening at Schmancy this Friday August 13th! Yep, Friday the 13th from 6-9pm-get your cool shoes on and check out the amazing Plush by artist Becky of Scrumptious Delight... Here's a little "taste" of her upcoming solo show, and some great Q&A.

Schmancy: When did you start making plush, and what inspired you?
Scrumptious: I guess the start was when I was about eight and I made miniature mice and bears from felt. I was and still am a real animal nut and always loved plush toys

Schmancy: What's your favorite "real" food?
Scrumptious: Hmmmm, favourite real food?? No big surprise, I have quite the sweet tooth and I am a big fan of marshmallows but I'm not sure if a marshmallow really counts as real food...
I eat sushi every week and really enjoy a good salad, like the green salad with pear and sheeps cheese topped with a mango lime dressing that I ate the other day...mmmmm!
I recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant and I have to admit that I really miss scones.

Schmancy: What plush food do people like the most of your scrumptious delights?
Scrumptious: I'm pretty sure that the cotton candies are the most popular item I make, followed maybe by the marshmallows.

Schmancy: Have you been anywhere recently? If so, was it fun?
Scrumptious: The last day trip that we took as a family is a must do for anyone visiting vancouver. We cycled around the sea wall at Stanley Park. We rented a trail-a-bike (like a bicycle with no front wheel that attaches to the adult bike) for my 7 year old which she loves. We stopped for icecream when we got to English Bay.
I've been working a lot recently but tomorrow I will take the day off to take the kids to Vancouver Aquarium, also a must do in Vancouver and also at Stanley Park. The marine mammals there are rescued animals who for whatever reason cannot be released back into the wild.

Schmancy: What other events do you have coming up this year that you want to share?
Scrumptious: Other events...hmmm I should really get on and organise for the holiday season...
I just finished making a life-sized plush bicycle for the Bicycle Arts Festival in Vancouver this weekend and I will be sending pieces for both Plush You LA and Plush You in Seattle. The Plushteam have a collective show at Hot Pop in Milwaukee in January...the theme is Candyland...right up my street!
As for holiday season shows, I'm not too sure yet...I would like to do some local stuff and maybe Urban Craft Uprising....

Monday, July 5, 2010

Interview with LeDoux!

With the holiday weekend it was shocking to realize that we will have Jesse LeDoux at Schmancy THIS FRIDAY!! So stop by and check out his fabulous show "Perfect Forecast," but for now here is an interview with Jesse!

Schmancy: How much do you get to travel for work?
Jesse: For a while I was traveling quite a lot. So much, in fact, that I got elite frequent flier status. However, I've stuck pretty close to home lately, which has been a nice change. Typically, the grass is always greener, though with traveling, I've found myself content with wherever I currently am. If I'm at home, I'm happy being home. And if I'm away, I'm pretty excited to be away.

Schmancy: So true! So where is your favorite place?
Jesse: As for favorite places, I really miss Japan a lot. I think about its various charms frequently. I'd really love to be someplace warm right now. Anyplace warm right now. Even the NW, if it would ever heat up. TURN IT UP, Mother Nature! I've got some swimming to do!

Schmancy: Swimming is a bit chilly in Seattle, but yes let's hope this change in weather will stay in the 70's! where is your secret hideout in the city?
Jesse: Oh c'mon! It wouldn't be much of a secret if I told you, would it? To be honest, I prefer exploring new places instead of frequenting favorite places. I want to know other people's secret hideouts.

Schmancy: Ah darn it I tried to trick ya! Oh well...What's your favorite kind of sweet/candy?
Jesse: I-C-E C-R-E-A-M. Fruity flavors in the summer, chocolately/carmelly ones in the winter. Unless boozy flavors are an option. Those trump all. I had a bourbon chocolate ice cream cone last year that had me wishing I had skipped dinner.

Schmancy: yum. I just had sour cream icecream, it was interesting and making me want some of your bourbon chocolate...Onto more important things like, when you were young what did you want to "do" with your life?
Jesse: I recently found a "Time Capsule" questionnaire that I did when I was 10 years old. It said I wanted to be a cartoonist. I suppose I'm not too far off.

Schmancy: WOW! that's pretty rad - I actually wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney (this was before all the CGI though...) Do you have any secret talents (the amazing artwork isn't secret!)
Jesse: More secrets, eh? I have an uncanny ability of putting my foot in my mouth. Put me in any social situation. Within a half hour, I'll have insulted someone, embarrassed myself, or inadvertently made an ill fated joke that falls flat and could be construed as dirty. And frequently, I can do it in the first 10 seconds. If social awkwardness were a career, my assistant's assistant would be doing this interview as I golf from my helicopter hovering above my penthouse.

Schmancy: I'd like to see that! What's your favorite thing to do during the Seattle summer?
Jesse: I really enjoy swimming. Not lap swimming, but SWIMMING swimming. Cannonballs, Donald Ducks, and backflopping while attempting 1-and-a-halfs. That's summer fun.

Schmancy: back to that swimming eh? Might need to take a tropical vacation! Do you have any events/exciting news to tell all the schmancy fans?
Jesse: I have this show at Schmancy that you may have heard about. In August, Patent Pending (which is my poster company I share with Jeff Kleinsmith) is having a big 11 year retrospective show at the Design Commission in Pioneer Square. I was going to have work in a show at the MADRE Contemporary Art Museum in Italy this Autumn, but due to shifting politics in Italy, their funding got cut (which is a HUGE bummer!). I'm also part of a large (and currently top secret) group show in L.A. in October that will be pretty crazy. There are some other things on the horizon, but it's too early to squeal about that. Sign up for my mailing list or follow me on Twitter and you can be the first to hear the squeals.

You can sign up on Jesse's mailing list here: Sign Up! But make sure to check out his new work at Schmancy this Friday July 9 from 6-9pm

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Plush Pickles

Everyone admired and wanted the jar of pickles in last year's Plush You show. Now you can get your own pickle!

Latest Plush Exclusive

Now online and in the store!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Interview with Tim Miller

the artist for June is Tim Miller!
Check out his work this Friday June 11 from 6-9pm, and of course meet the artist!

Schmancy: Please explain a bit what your show at schmancy is focused on:
Tim Miller: The show focuses on the bright side of sorrow.

Schmancy: What would your last meal be if you were on death row?
Tim Miller: Something that comes with a steak knife.

Schmancy: What/Who inspires you?
Tim Miller: Waves, animation, race cars, office supply stores.

Schmancy: What's your typical rainy day activity?
Tim Miller: I tend to sit on the couch, draw in my sketchbook, drink tea and think too much.

Schmancy: Do you have any big news for 2010?
Tim Miller: I don't know if I have any big news, but I'm working on reconnecting with the Seattle animation community and working on working on [sic] some more animation.