Second Contact Show – Thailand Toy Expo

Somehow talked our way into joining a show held by Martian Toys at the Thailand Toy Expo called “Second Contact” using the cute character by Bakumbaa (who we met during our Bangkok trip). Had about 3 days to create a custom for the show and was able to knock out a one off we’re proud of (drank down two cans of Monster energy drink to keep going).

Meet “Coral and Merbunny,” our little under the sea dweller and friends. Sculpted seaweed, grass, fish, starfish and shell/pearl for this one off. Funny fact: The pearl that’s on Coral’s back is actually the tail of the original character (lol).

Thailand Toy Expo was held from May 2nd – 5th, we hoped everyone that attended and participated had fun and we can’t wait to hear the stories!

xoxo,
Joyce & Dru

“What’s With All The Rabbits?!” Show

Went to the opening of MartianToys/Mothership’s “Whats With All The Rabbits” show last Saturday and it was so fun meeting and catching up with fellow artists and the fellas behind MartianToys/Mothership. Congrats to those that got some amazing pieces and Quicc’s exclusives!58382885_2315582088682462_5460342616627347456_nI joined in the group show a little late and was able to finish up a custom piece in a week. I aimed for a literal Easter piece with cracked colorful dyed eyes, peep bunnies and chocolate candy. Dru named it “Just Desserts,” meaning “you get what you deserved.” I wanted it to be a story of kids having enough of this hide and seek of finding eggs the Easter bunny kept hiding around.

We left the gallery with good things to come! We will be collaborating with Red Guardian in a custom work and I somehow talked my way into joining the group show that will be held at Thailand Toy Expo! Question was… “you have 3-5 days, can you do it?” (Thanks Aaron for letting me join in!!!) Update on that soon to come!

“Just Desserts” is available for purchase on Martiantoys.com

xoxo,
Joyce

Teaching Arts at Day Job

My supervisor at my day job (I’m an assistant site director for an after school program) asked me to create art activities that can be STEM related for the 4th and 5th grade class we have in our program. Last week I introduced the students to Glow in the Dark Chalk 57368739_672732713169976_8826717809770758144_nwhich consisted of mixing water, plaster, glow in the dark paint, and color dye. The moans and groans of “this is boring” filled my ears. It was a bit of a trial and error as some of the mixture was too watery from some over enthusiastic 9 and 10 year olds.

We examined the chalk we made last week and to my surprise, these same kids that whined “it’s so boring,” became very cooperative investigating where our mixture went wrong last week. These kids shown me teamwork (I told the students that each of them need to 57294124_2154316834810159_7992345259185012736_ncontribute to the steps, whether it was measuring, mixing or pouring which they did), decision making (deciding as a group which colors we would use for this week’s chalks) and responsibilities (they cleaned up all the mess we made and moved the trays of drying plaster the office space). I was very proud of my students and it was nice to use art as a way to get these kids engaged in learning, getting messy and working together.

Not sure if I should do toy design with them but they’re really good at drawing. When I joined a few months ago, I tried to get to know them by making stickers of the drawings they made me and they were excited to see the outcome of their work. Toy or no toys, that is the question…

Bunny Mischief ventured out to Bangkok, Thailand!

56711176_366224970644321_4841870353955291136_nHello! We’re back from Bangkok and trying to get our bodies used to the time zone again @.@ it’s brutal.

We did some sight seeing, A LOT of eating and made new acquaintances with other toy artists. We did a Ayutthaya day tour which consisted of visiting Wat Yai Chaimongkon where a outdoor reclining Buddha resides (different from Wat Lokayasutharam). Took the chance to do a quick little photo opt for our custom Sagat munny here! Made this custom munny in about 3 days prior to the flight. Personally think it took so quick because this guy is bald and no hair sculpt was needed 🤣

We’re now at a time where DMs are kinda noC360_2019-03-27-00-23-05-485rmal (not like slide in DMs with an inappropriate pic type of way). Only say this because we met up with some fellow toy designers that we followed on Instagram in person because we asked them if they were free. Met the amazing CryBaby Molly and Rinko for a drink over at the overly popular tourist area, Khao San Road. Rinko had a show coming up a few days after our meetup and invited us to come out. It was such a fun and colorful show! We got to meet Bakumbaa , Ngaew Ngaew, and earth_meekrut and did some art trades. So happy to meet such nice, sweet and talented individuals! It was nice to see what the toy scene is like in another country, gives you a different perspective in how different the market is. Hopefully the next time we travel to Thailand will be for the Thailand Toy Expo!

 

Oni Usagi Unisex Pocket Tee

DSCN7707We present to you, the Oni Usagi Unisex Pocket T-shirt!

After participating in a few cons and festivals, we learned that “toys” and “collectibles” aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. We wanted people who like our artwork to have options so we decided to do pins and t-shirts. We are NOT a clothing brand nor do we want to start one. It just seems like a nice option for people who like our designs and artwork to have something they may want if they don’t collect toys.

We’ll be having a few more designs printed for t-shirts by Five Points Festival and Brooklyn Comic Con (oh yea, we have booths at both! woohoo!)