For this month I got to interview Nichol Brinkman of Pink Cheeks Studios.
Her work is colourful and full of whimsy, with a range of characters from woodland creatures to ninjas there really is something to appeal to everyone.
-How did you get into plush making and what do you like about the medium?
I started sewing as therapy, when my mom was very ill. I hand-sewed. The labor-intensive craft was just what I needed to keep keep all my nerves focused and productive. After she passed, I continued to sew. I became interested in blogs and keeping up with all the makers in the world. I started a blog called “A Pillow Monster a Day”, and it was about exactly that: making a pillow monster a day. It forced me to teach myself quickly. It was tremendous fun, and I found Etsy shortly afterwards. It was kismet.
My favorite aspect of this medium is the material. I love all the different patterned fabric out there, and I enjoy pairing them up in surprising ways.
-How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as fresh and quirky
-What materials do you love to use?
-What tool or tools can you not live without?
I absolutely lose my mind when I can’t find that wooden stick that comes free in the polyfill bags. It feels like the world has ended when I can’t find it and I need to turn something or stuff something. The funny thing is, they are all over my house; under my couch cushions, in my jar for colored pencils, in my kids lincoln log container.
-You make wonderful mobiles and wall hangings, what do you like about making your plush into decorative items?
I love what I do. I do a lot of 3D portraits, and I love to get to notice tiny details about people and then have it realized through their stuffed doll.
-Do you have and special event or exciting future plans you would like to share?
I recently released a Fall line called All Who Wander featuring my take on classic adventurer storybook characters. It was fun. It got the wheels turning, and I have begun sketching for a new line!
Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.