I am, as you all know, a new plush maker in this world. I started making monsters about a year ago. I started making monsters originally for a mail out project to get a job as a graphic designer back in 2008, and in January 2009 I put that project aside. I picked it up again in 2011, and developed my style even further.
One year later, here I am! I've got an established line of furry monsters that tickle your fancy, and appeal to all ages. I knew going into this new business that it'd be hard. I was unemployed and on employment insurance when I started making monsters. I had lost my job in January 2011, and couldn't find work as a graphic designer. I had started selling my monsters on Etsy in May on a suggestion by my cousin, Adrinna.
My first craft sale was at Old Skool Fairs in 2011.
I've come such a long way from June 2011 when this photo was taken! I've seen a lot of successes happen to me since then. I've been featured on many blogs:
The Steady Hand: http://thesteadyhandblog.com/feature-curious-little-bird
I love the Yeti: http://ilovetheyeti.blogspot.ca/2011/05/curious-little-bird-yeti.html
I only like monsters: http://www.ionlylikemonsters.com/2012/03/curious-little-bird-creatures.html
Monster Create and Make: http://monstercreateandmake.blogspot.ca/2012/01/melanie-audet-of-curious-little-bird.html
Monsters International: http://monstersinternational.blogspot.ca/2011/10/curious-little-bird-monsters.html (these guys did an art gallery of monsters on paper, and I showcased my monsters
for a week).
The House of Hearts: http://www.thehouseofhearts.com/2012/02/link-o-rama-2/
Ooh So Cute: http://oohsocute.com/shop/toys/puffy-the-furry-monster/
I've also been featured in a magazine!
Go Green Kids & Parents My feature is on page 35!
But what I want is more success! <laughing>
I mean I want to show up on a news spot, like Belua Designs
She made it on the news in November of 2011, and then when it was over, she couldn't keep her store stocked!! Oh how I wish that was me!! To be fair, she's been making her sock monsters for 4 years before she made it on TV. I know it'll happen to me. My monsters are awesomely cute, and will for sure make it somewhere high profile sooner or later. :)
Another artist that I aspire to be as famous as is Amanda Louise Spayd. Her stuff is amazing!
The resin faces are amazing! I've always (and still want to know how she does her eyes). I won't talk about that, cause I could ramble on forever!
I know Amanda's work is more 'art doll' quality. She usually does one at a time, and will rarely do batches of 20-50 dolls to sell. I would love to have her acclaim in the doll industry, but my monsters aren't artsy. I could easily start making artsy dolls, but that would require 1 to 2 days for sketching and designing of a model, and then a few more days to actually construct it. But that sort of art is not a huge money maker. Maybe in the long run, like 5 years later? Perhaps I will construct some artsy dolls once in a while. I aspire to be invited to showcase my dolls in art galleries like Amanda. I follow her on Facebook, and she's recently had a show in Japan. Can that be me? Do you see my monsters being so popular that a curator will want to showcase my stuff?? I hope so!!
I know it's wrong to be jealous, but it's like fuel to a fire for me! It aspires me to work harder, be better, find more ways to be seen out there. I know a curator here in Montreal, and perhaps I can contact her and bring up the idea of doing a plush show in an art gallery. All the local artists can attend, and get some badly needed recognition!
I know the future is bright for me. With all the work and effort I've been putting into this business, only good can come out of it.
Here's where I am now at craft fair events:
|Yes Art Expo - Old Montreal - December 2011|
I'll keep you all updated of my future successes! Have a great Sunday!