Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Plush You! Interview with Alicia Kachmar

Plush You! is an annual exhibit in October that showcases plush creations from artists all over the globe - there are 5 venues throughout Seattle participating in this years event. We are excited to be one of those venues!!

So to get everyone familiar we are posting interviews and doing special giveaways with participating Bluebottle Plush You! artists.

What is your name and where are you located?
Alicia Kachmar, New York, NY

Happy Smore

What are your favorite materials and why?
I'm a crocheter and knitter, so cute little furry balls of yarn tend to be my favorite materials to work with. Alicia in a yarn store is a like a kid in candy store--I'm filled with wonder and excitement. I'm also partial to corduroy, glycerine, clay and buttons.

How long does it usually take for you to complete a piece?
All of my crochet plush pieces are of small, handheld size, so each takes me roughly 20-60 minutes.


What are you excited about lately?
I'm excited for biking weather in New York; I enjoy planning long adventurous rides that take me to parks, cupcake shops, botanical gardens, hidden places and anything else under the sun. I also have some ambitious crochet-clothing projects in mind. Oh, and it's almost berry pie-making season!

Which super power would you prefer to have and why: the ability to fly or to be invisible?
Hmm, tough question! I'd say to be invisible, because that way I can sneak into various places like movie theaters or Martha Stewart Living brainstorming sessions.

What's your dream project?
Wow, there are so many. Anything and everything causes a sensory overload in me and I'm constantly thinking about creating. Hmm. Currently I want to do an ongoing photo project that combines literary quotes with images, which came to me after reading a couple of Anais Nin novels. I haven't fleshed it out yet, but the idea would be to take quotes that you like, that really move you and almost go on a photo-scavenger hunt of sorts while out and about to find visual representations of them.

I'd also like to turn my Safety Cone Adventures into picture books!

Safety Cone

What did you do last Saturday afternoon?
Last Saturday afternoon, I sewed capes! I volunteer for a wonderful non-profit here in New York called Only Make Believe: they put on theatrical performances and shows for kids in hospitals and one of their volunteer opportunities is called Cape Crusade--I'm a Cape Crusader! Which means that I sew adult and kid-sized capes to be used in the performances.



More info about the event on our: site

1 comment:

eternalsunshine said...

Yay! Thanks for interviewing me--looking forward to the show in October!