Monday, June 14, 2010

Meet the Maker Monday: Love and a Sandwich

Friendly, toothy and furry—that’s Chelsea Bloxsom’s plush. Chelsea, headmistress of Love & a Sandwich, currently lives in New Hampshire, but she and her creatures get around a lot! Her shop lives here:     --- Exclusive interview by Sarah Raymond of Wooldebeast.

Tell us how you make plush.
Sometimes I draw designs first and color them, but I also like to wing it. I don't really like patterns, because I like doing things fast. I usually start with the fur, and then pick accent colors. The majority of my plush are hand-sewn. Big body pieces are sewn by machine.

Where did you learn your skills?
I taught myself! I took out books from the library on embroidery, doll making, etc, and learned as I went. I'm still learning a lot. For a long time I was doing everything by hand because using a sewing machine was daunting, but I gave in and learned. I'm so glad I did! It saved a ridiculous amount of time and made my plush much more sturdy and professional.

Describe your workspace.
Here's a picture of it!

 It's usually much, much messier with fur and half-finished plush everywhere.

What inspires you?
Anyone who works hard doing something they love is a huge inspiration! My boyfriend, a concept artist, is probably one of my biggest inspirations, because of how hard he works to improve and grow every day. Inspirational music and art for me would be anything bright, happy and colorful and makes me think of silly things.

How do you promote your work?
I post my work on a lot of art/toy sites. I try to make at least one new thing every week so I'm fresh in people’s minds. I try to update by blog ( a lot, and keep my Etsy stocked with at least 10 or more items at a time.

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How do you fit plush-making into the rest of your life?
It's my full time job so it's a big chunk of my life! Most of the day I'm sewing or working on something. My problem is fitting in everything else I want to do around plush-making.

Tell us about your dreams for new designs.
I want to make a GIANT plush, bigger than the biggest one I've made so far (3 feet tall). I also want to get a table at the San Diego ComicCon so I can display the huge monster with a bunch of little ones! I also want to learn new techniques such as knitting, needle felting, embroidery, and clothes-making so I can incorporate them into my work. :D

Which other makers do you admire and why?
A Little Stranger, Felt Mistress, Robyn Fabsits, Jenny Harada, Cotton Monster, Cat-Rabbit, and more! I admire them because they have sewing skills that I envy, and they also have unique, recognizable styles that I love! And most of them make monsters I am obsessed with. :D

What advice can you give makers who dabble in plushiness?
If you're just starting out, don't get frustrated and give up if it doesn't turn out like you wanted the first time around! The more you do it the better you will get!

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