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 Midbot replied.
(questions are in blue)
Could you tell us a bit about who you are?
I’m Midbot, been in and out of the Artist Alley scene for five years, though I have been crafting for a long time. I’m a lot of things when it comes to fibre crafts: I sew, I crochet, I needlefelt, and I like to experiment when I get to combine any of those skills. I love getting creative, and I often brainstorm projects for myself or for someone else. There’s so much I want to do and often I feel that there’s little time, but I try my best to crafting when I can, especially if it’s on the go.
When did you start sewing?
If sewing tiny beads onto paper counts, I’d say about 6 years old! At least that’s the earliest time I was trusted with a needle and thread, thanks to my grandparents who are a pair of clothing designers and producers. My mom also sews and gave me fabric scraps for dolls when I was little. I guess you can say it’s in my jeans to sew! Get it? Hhhhh…
Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?
Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?
I’m very proud of my first complicated plushie that I made as a special gift, it was a “Cutenid” or a cute Tyranid from Warhammer 40k. It helped me develop a lot of skills I carry on today, such as pattern creation. I got to see the differences in techniques I’ve used since I made a practice one and the actual gift, and it turned out awesome!
Which was the most challenging and how?
There’s no particular project in mind but a particular craft skill: wet felting. Without taking classes and mostly learning from videos, wet felting has been challenging for me since I’m not used to wetting fibers (unless I’m prewashing fabrics) that is supposed to shrink and get tangled within itself. It’s hard to describe but after a few transom coin purses I made, I’m starting to get the hang of it.
Has crocheting become part of your commute?
Since my commute to work is long, I make the most of it by keeping my hands busy somehow. Compared to sewing and needlefelting, crocheting is the easiest and safest crafting skill I can take with me on transit without needing a table to work on, and I can recall a pattern by memory.
What is the best way to learn to crochet?
At first I tried learning from a book, but it still confused me. I got a lot better after watching video tutorials, then it helped me understood what the book was trying to illustrate.
What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?
Seeing regular and new people, artists and attendees, and all of the new things to be featured. MiniComi keeps getting better and noticed!
Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?
I make a lot of stuff but I have a hard time keeping an online presence so bear with me and my rare updates. My things do come off inconsistent since I rarely share my projects because I’m always learning and trying new things. I guess it’s kinda why people get thrown off that I have plushies, amigurumi, and needlefelted items on my table, and that they can’t believe I made all of them. I really should work on my social networking skills…
To find out more about Midbot, visit her tumblr page, Midbot
Also come to MiniComi or you will know the terror of amigurumi Cthluhu
She’ll be at table F7.