So presenting at Pecha Kucha Night was really nerve racking but really amazing. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with so many creative and inspiring folks. I received lots of positive feedback and made a number of connections. Seeing what a number of other people are doing creatively inspired me to no end. I've already begun designing a simpler Vinny because some people have found the original a bit tough to start with. As well, some people stated they would like to involve their kids so hopefully "Simple Vinny" will be more accessible and a more appropriate springboard for those wishing to get into paper toys or those wishing to have a Paper Vinny of their own. Simple Vinny is not quite done but I will post templates here on the blog for all of you to enjoy as soon as he is.
It's been a great year for me so far. So many great opportunities have come my way and I am looking forward to all that 2011 has to offer. I hope all of you had a wonderful Valentines or Anti-Valentines day. Thanks to everyone who has newly visited the site and to all those who came out to Pecha Kucha Night.
Last but not least, here's a picture for you all. It is a picture of "Joey Jr." A smaller version of Joey MacDonald. He's the Director of Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative. He's been a huge help to me in getting connected with the local art community and in making larger paper toys. The thin pic is the outfit of his I took inspiration from. I created a special plaid design for the toy. For his shirt I used a concert poster from one of his band's gigs. His belt is made from the Olio site banner. The belt buckle is his band's symbol mounted on a silver plate and his hat says Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative and is covered in different coloured paint splotches just like Joey usually is, due to all the screen printing he does. The photo was taken upon presentation to the real Joey, in the Olio Studio with the screen printing machine in the background.