Here’s what I’ve been up to lately: paper dolls! I’ve been painting and printing these poseable, articulated paper dolls to sell in my brand new (well, mostly) etsy shop, Character Zoo. These four thumbnails are my first four designs, but I’ll be putting new designs out every week!
Last year, I went to a festival in Andong, Korea, and saw this guy walking barefoot along a giant dragon-shaped knife.
This year, I finally got around to painting him and making him a little scaly dragon envelope to live in. The scales are 3D cut-out layers, so they actually have the texture of scales. Mmm, tactile.
I made this pocket shrine to David Bowie out of an old Altoid tin. When David Bowie was a kid, he got punched in the eye (which is the reason his pupils are uneven.) I thought that perhaps when he got punched, he received some sort of extraterrestrial vision of his identities to come, based on a book he had as a child…which I also…made up.
The book is a mega-tiny accordion book chock-full of Bowie references!
Julia’s Coffin: Here’s yet another letter I made. This one’s about my great friend Julia, who has way too many things to juggle in life. The outside of her coffin is inspired by traditional Korean Buddhist temples, and it clasps at the top to keep shut. The black space in the middle is where I’ll eventually paint in my Korean name (Han Hyo Rin.)
Each of her arms is fully jointed and moveable, and she’s holding a different worry in each hand. I made the doll so that she could lift up the hand of whichever concern is worrying her most at the time.