So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.
Here’s how Patricia of CASE Boutique replied.
(questions are in blue)
Could you tell us a bit about who you are?
My name is Patricia Harold, and I have been the owner of CASE Boutique for four years. I run two online stores and work full time in a china store. Growing up I always had a love for cute things. I think I always gravitated to kawaii before it was mainstream.
When I’m not sewing I’m writing a fantasy novel.
When did you start making plushies?
I started sewing plushes back in the summer of 2010
What is your favourite tool to use for your art?
My rotary cutter. I can’t do anything without it!
Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?
I’m happy with all of them, but the one that I’m really proud of, only because I’m not an expert plush maker, is a watermelon I made for a custom order. The pattern was done from scratch and because of the sentimental reasons behind it, I’m not repeating it. It meant too much to the couple and I don’t want to duplicate their memories.
Which was the most challenging and how?
I would have to say the doughnut. This was the one that started everything followed by the tomato. I had to draft my own pattern, figure out details (there’s a lot to think about when doing a round item!) and after a lot of trial and error came up with a model that I was happy with.
What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?
MiniComi was my first formal convention, so I love coming back every year. But what I’m looking forward to is seeing new faces and new vendors. MiniComi is growing and becoming known in its own right as an art market to find that unique something. It allows people to really test their imaginations and to market unusual and fantastic crafts and art that are appreciated by an audience just as unique.
Do your food plushies ever make you feel hungry?
Only the onigiri because they remind me of the dumplings my grandmother used to make.
Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?
CASE Boutique was rather born out of a dare. And ironically I hated sewing in high school. But I love cute and this was the only way I could visualize many of the creations…in fabric form. I taught myself how to sew. A lot of the inspiration for the fruits and doughnut came from childhood doodles.
I’m also one of the oldest, if not the oldest, vendors here. I’m in my late forties. But, no matter what your age, if you have something you want to pursue creatively, do it. Make a plan, stay focussed, keep learning and don’t listen to the naysayers. We need more artists, more crafters, more makers. And the saddest thing I can think of is seeing young artists discouraged because they’re told what they do isn’t important, or isn’t a real job, or that they’re wasting their time. Creativity keeps you young, and it makes things so much fun when you love what you do!
To find out more about Patricia and CASE Boutique, visit her facebook page, CASE Boutique
Be sure and come to MiniComi to see just how cute those plushies are firsthand!
CASE Boutique will be at table S9