Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Serena Kuhl Interview and Giveaway!

I have had the pleasure of working with Serena Kuhl for several Plush You! shows along with her contribution to Plush You!: Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff. She has always been supportive, inspiring and her work is funny to boot. I am so glad we finally have her for an interview. Leave a comment here for your chance to win your own cannibal bunny! Don't forget to leave contact info!

S- Can you first tell us more about yourself and how you got into sewing plush toys?

SK- My mum taught me to sew when i was really young, I used to sew a lot of pillows! I'd get sick of doing it half way through and then start making the stitches bigger and bigger! Then when i started school I was shown how to make these snake characters out of old tights, you were supposed to put them in front of doors to stop the draughts, so I ripped a lot of my stockings so i could make a legion of them! I didn't really make toys again until i was at art school. a bunch of female students were asked to respond to the theme "Male" in a sculpture, so i made a pile of pastel coloured phallic objects out of plush, and have been making them ever since

S- I feel like since our first encounter you have really expanded your work and your customer base. How have you reached galleries and shops so far away?

SK- Myspace is suprisingly helpful. It appears it's useful for something other then helping teenagers hook up! People have seen my work and requested it, or I send an email off to them. You get as many rejections and acceptances obviously, as there is a core crew who are operating at a professional level, and you find their work in every toy shop known. Ugly Dolls are a good example of this. A lot of shop owners are wary of investing space and money in something outside of the well exposed artists. and as I'm in a very isolated pat of Australia, everywhere is a long way away from me! So sending stuff to Sweden, the US or Melbourne doesn't really make a lot of difference.

Read full interview here


Anonymous said...

Oh wow!

A cannibal bunny! Yes please!

jenniferlfee @ gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Serena's stuff is sew sew cool! Lucky that crazy-eyed carrot needn't worry about getting devoured by the cannibal bunny...hardly his type! If I could have a cannibal bunny we could save the world from all of the mean people-eating bunnies that are overtaking the earth. Please feel free to contact cannibal bunny's anxious adoptive mother at valentine@aol.com so we can get started on our mission right away. Thank you sew much for the awesome interview and the opportunity to be united forever with my sewl-mate cannibal bunny child.

Anonymous said...

awesome! i love the kitty ^^

Emerald Arts said...

That is the coolest bunny, I love finding new plush artists to check out, Serena Kuhl is wicked!

I love your blog too, it's definitely going on my feed list. Am off to sew, this makes me feel like making something demented ;)