Saturday, May 31, 2008

Oh, grow up Stevyn ... honestly ...

Three more books that I thought I'd mention about the whole designer toys/urban vinyl thing. The first (the small one at the bottom) is an excellent overview produced by MTV Overground and simply called Toys. It's by Jim Crawford and has some great interviews with several top toy creators.

The seminal work on the subject is the beautifully packaged Full Vinyl: The subversive art of designer toys by Ivan Vartanian. It's a complete history of the genre and includes, again, some great interviews plus glimpses of the original artwork that inspired the toys.

Finally, not a catalogue or an overview but a guide to creating your own plushies (soft designer toys) by Linda Kopp. Plush-O-Rama: Curious creatures for immature adults is a wonderfully clear, easy-to-follow guide to starting your own brand of soft toys including patterns and advice. It also features some excellent designs by the likes of Jenny Harada, Lizette Greco, Grace Montemar, Rachel Chow and Jason Carpenter, Rosa Pomar and Beck Wheeler.

Who wants a Care Bear when you can have Llorie the Bipolar Cloud?

4 comments:

willow said...

One of my vinyl childhood joys was Colorforms. Remember those? Little peel-off figures you could place on a shiny cardboard background. I was nutty for those!

Stevyn Colgan said...

I'm pretty sure I do. There was something called 'Fuzzy Felt' too, where you stuck felt shapes to a felt background.

Lego and Meccano (what I believe they call 'erector sets' in the USA - how do you ask for one of those without giggling?) were my thing. I still find some amazing Lego constructions on the web to this day. You like M C Escher, yes? Check these guys out: http://stevyncolgan.blogspot.com/2006/08/lego-mindfck.html

Blog Princess G said...

We have soft toys over here that are giant viruses and germs... really funny. Not sure who makes them. Strangely enough I have not broken down and bought one.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Plush germs ... ah yes, the harbingers of Fluffy's Disease.